Registration Information

Class: Dec. 1-2
Location: USGIF, 2325 Dulles Corner Blvd, Suite 450, Herndon, VA 20171
Cost: $1,250
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About GEOINT 101

USGIF and The Intelligence & Security Academy are offering a revised GEOINT 101. This two-day course is designed for both newcomers to geospatial intelligence as well as those interested in brushing up on the fundamentals and the current breadth of GEOINT.

The course is developed around the idea of a systems view – describing structure, function, and processes. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts and definitions of GEOINT as the course explores the broad range of missions supported by national security, governmental, and commercial applications and then focuses on how GEOINT is managed within the United States.

Day 1

  • GEOINT Defined. Describes the difference between imagery, imagery intelligence, and geospatial information.
  • GEOINT History. Discusses the history of mapping, charting, and photography for military and civil uses; and the rise of commercial and international GEOINT.
  • Structure and Governance. Introduces the concept of a GEOINT Community and outlines GEOINT standards and the development of analytical expertise.
  • Function and Mission. Explains how GEOINT contributes to national missions and commercial operations; and GEOINT functions exercised by other countries.

Day 2

  • Requirements and Tasking. Explains the process for developing and prioritizing collection requirements and creating collection strategies for GEOINT.
  • Collection. Describes the capabilities, strengths, and limitations of different GEOINT collectors and sensors. Identifies the platforms used for collection, and explains the tradeoffs involved in selecting collectors and methods of collection.
  • Processing and Exploitation. Explains the technologies and tools used to produce the raw material of GEOINT from the product of collection.
  • Analysis and Dissemination. Explains how analysis differs from exploitation, the challenge of denial and deception, and how product are disseminated to end users.
  • GEOINT Forward. Introduces special concepts such as ubiquitous GEOINT and volunteered geospatial information.


  • Dr. Robert Clark, author of Intelligence Collection and The Technical Collection of Intelligence
  • Dr. Mark Lowenthal, President,Intelligence & Security Academy; author of Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy
  • Dr. Darryl Murdock, Vice President of Professional Development, USGIF