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May 27, 2015
USGIF Announces Seven Keynote Speakers for GEOINT 2015 Symposium

Herndon, Va., May 27, 2015—The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) announced leaders from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Office of the Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and more are confirmed to give keynote addresses at the GEOINT 2015 Symposium.

USGIF’s GEOINT Symposium is the largest intelligence event in the U.S., uniting the Defense, Intelligence, and Homeland Security Communities for a week of knowledge sharing, discussion, training and education, technology demonstrations, business opportunities, and networking. The GEOINT 2015 Symposium will be held June 22-25 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Confirmed keynotes for GEOINT 2015 include:

Robert Cardillo, Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

The Honorable James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence

Robert D. Kaplan, Author, Foreign Correspondent, and Senior Fellow for the Center for a New American Security

Marcel Lettre, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

The Honorable Michael D. Lumpkin, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict

Gen. Stan McChrystal (Ret.), Author; Former Commander, U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces

Congressman Adam Schiff, Ranking Member, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Cardillo became the sixth NGA Director in October 2014. He leads the agency under the authorities of the Secretary of Defense and ODNI. He was previously the first Deputy Director for Intelligence Integration at ODNI, working alongside Clapper.

Clapper was sworn in as the fourth Director of National Intelligence (DNI) in August 2010. As DNI, Clapper leads the Intelligence Community and serves as the principal intelligence advisor to the president.

Kaplan is a bestselling author of 15 books on foreign affairs and travel. He is currently a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a contributing editor at The Atlantic. One of his most well-known books is “The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate.”

Lettre was recently named Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, serving as the principal intelligence advisor to the Secretary of Defense. He previously served as Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.

Lumpkin is currently the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict. He has more than 20 years of active duty military service as a U.S. Navy SEAL as well as significant experience in the private sector.

McChrystal, a retired four-star general, was commander of the U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan as well as former commander of the Joint Special Operations Command. He is also co-founder of the McChrystal Group and recently published the book “Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World.”

Schiff represents California’s 28th Congressional District and is the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He is also a member of the Benghazi Select Committee.

Kaplan and McChrystal’s books will be on sale throughout the week at GEOINT 2015. Both authors will sign copies of their books directly following their respective keynote addresses.

Both Cardillo and Clapper have spoken at past GEOINT Symposia, while this is Kaplan, Lettre, Lumpkin, McChrystal, and Schiff’s first speaking engagement with USGIF. Visit to view videos from the GEOINT 2013* Symposium, including keynote addresses by Clapper and Cardillo.

More keynotes are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. To learn more about GEOINT 2015, view the agenda, or to register for the event, visit


USGIF is a nonprofit educational foundation dedicated to promoting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft and developing a stronger GEOINT Community with government, industry, academia, professional organizations, and individuals who develop and apply geospatial intelligence to address national security challenges. USGIF executes its mission by building the community, advancing the tradecraft, and accelerating innovation. The GEOINT Symposium is hosted annually by USGIF.

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