GEOINTeraction Tuesday

Held the second Tuesday of every other month, GEOINTeraction Tuesday is a casual networking event where you can develop new relationships, exchange ideas and discover business opportunities. Each event features a guest speaker from the Defense, Intelligence or Homeland Security Community who shares their views on current issues and answers audience questions.

Upcoming GEOINTeraction Tuesday

Sept. 13, 2016
4:30-6:30 p.m.

Members: Free
Non-Members: $35

Parking: Free lot on site

Past Events


May 3, 2016
David J. Gauthier, Director, Office of Strategic Operations, NGA

March 8, 2016
James “Jimmy” Comfort, Deputy and Technical Director of the Imagery Intelligence Systems Acquisition Directorate (IMINT), NRO
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Jan. 12, 2016
John Goolgasian, Director, Source Operations Management Directorate, NGA
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Nov. 10, 2015
Dr. Ernest Reith, Deputy Director of IT Services, NGA
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Sept. 8, ,2015
Mr. Justin Poole, Director, Xperience Directorate, NGA
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July 14, 2015
Mr. Keith Masback, CEO, USGIF

May 12, 2015
Ms. Susan M. Gordon, Deputy Director, NGA
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March 10, 2015
Mr. David Alexander, Geospatial Information Officer & Director of the Geospatial Management Office at the Department of Homeland Security
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January 13, 2015
Mr. Robert Cardillo, Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
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November 18, 2014
Mr. Douglas P. McGovern, Director of InnoVision, NGA & Ms. Karyn Hayes-Ryan, Component Acquisition Executive, NGA and the Director of NSG Program Management Office
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September 9, 2014
Ms. Letitia A. Long, Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
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July 8, 2014
Mr. Gary Wang, Director, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance Infrastructure (ISRI), Office of Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence)
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May 13, 2014
Mr. Geoff Fowler, Director, Xperience Directorate, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
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March 11, 2014
Ms. Annette Redmond, Director, Army Intelligence Community Information Management for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, G-2
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January 14, 2014
Mr. John Goolgasian, NGA’s Director of the Foundation GEOINT Group within the Source Operations and Management Directorate
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November 12, 2013
Ms. Tina Harrington, Director, Systems Engineering Directorate (SED), National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
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September 10, 2013
Mr. Michael A. Rodrigue, Deputy Director, NGA
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July 9, 2013
Mr. Charles “Chuck” Beames, Principal Director, Space and Intelligence within the Office of Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics
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May 21, 2013
Ellen McCarthy, Chief Operating Officer, NGA
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March 12, 2013
Dr. Robert H. Laurine, Jr., Chief Information Officer, NGA
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Jan. 8, 2013
Mr. Winston A. Beauchamp, Director, Mission Integration Division, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
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Nov. 13, 2012
Keith Masback, President, USGIF

Sept. 11, 2012
Mr. Harry “Ed" Mornston, Chief, NGA–Denver, Analysis and Production Directorate

July 10, 2012
Dr. Eileen Kovalich Preisser, Air Force Scientific and Technical Advisor; Director, AF GEOINT Office, AF ISR Agency

June 5, 2012
Dave Bottom, Director of the Information Technology Services Directorate, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

A summary of the event is available on the trajectory magazine site under the GOT GEOINT page.

May 8, 2012
A. Reese Madsen, DoD Intel Chief Learning Officer, Human Capital Management Office, OUSDI

March 13, 2012
Dan Cotter, Chief Technology Officer, Department of Homeland Security

A summary of the event is available on the USGIF News page.

January 10, 2012
Lisa Spuria, Director, Analysis & Production Directorate, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency


November 8
Keith J. Masback, President, USGIF

During the November installment of GEOINTeraction Tuesday, USGIF President Keith Masback shared with attendees a summary of the GEOINT 2011 Symposium including final attendance numbers, feedback on the Symposium and other highlights from the event. GEOINT 2011 attracted 4,451 professionals from industry, academia, other non profits, and government representatives from across the defense, intelligence and homeland security communities. Masback emphasized that these high attendance numbers prove the GEOINT Symposium provides value to the community.

Other highlights from the Symposium included the YPG Program, which gave complimentary registration for 15 young professionals to attend GEOINT 2011 and particpate in the GeoHunt service project, the Chairman’s reception, a special luncheon and various other activities. USGIF member Sotera also gave back to the community by raising $3,700 for the Fisher House by raffling off paintings from artist Stephen Fishwick. USGIF also contributed to Sotera’s efforts to give the Fisher House a total of $10,000, which it can use to aid military families in San Antonio. Following the recap of the Symposium and concluding his discussion, Masback divulged what to expect from the Foundation in 2012 including April’s WhereCon, NGA Tech Showcase West, more growth for USGIF membership and expansion of USGIF academic programs and offerings.

The next GEOINTeraction Tuesday takes place Jan. 10. NGA Deputy Director Lloyd Rowland is the guest speaker.

September 13
James “Snake” Clark, SES, Chief Director of ISR Innovations and UAS Task Force, HQ USAF A2

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Our guest speaker was Mr. James “Snake” Clark, SES, Chief Director of ISR Innovations and UAS Task Force, HQ USAF A2.

Mr. Clark discussed the current state of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance as well as talk about the future of ISR and unmanned aerial vehicles within the U.S. Air Force and U.S. military. The U.S. Air Force Eagle Vision Team, of which Mr. Clark is a part of, was awarded in 2010 the DOI-NASA-sponsored William T. Pecora Award for outstanding contributions toward understanding the Earth by means of remote sensing.

July 12
Mr. Jeff DeTroye*, Commander of Aerospace Defense Facility-East

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On July 12, over 40 members from across the community attended the bi-monthly GEOINTeraction Tuesday networking event. Guest speaker Mr. Jeff DeTroye, Commander of Aerospace Defense Facility-East (ADF-E), discussed the Facility’s role in gathering intelligence for various defense, intelligence and homeland security agencies and decision makers. Currently, ADF-E is working with various military and government organizations to make multi-INT products available to ground troops and disadvantaged users by increasing access to NTM products. Mr. DeTroye informed the audience on the challenges of trying to do this lies within the mind frame on sharing NTM products. According to Mr. DeTroye, the technologies needed to get classified information into the hands of disadvantaged users do exist, but policy constraints do not allow sharing. Mr. DeTroye’s suggestion to industry is to base their solutions off of a transaction model, keeping existing information in one hub and providing it when it’s needed. This model would prevent service providers from having to develop new products and instead offer an inventory of what they already have. His hope for the future is to see NTM products delivered in real-time to those going the last tactical mile. Questions from the audience were taken by Mr. DeTroye, followed by the opportunity for attendees to network with one another and the guest speaker.

May 10 with Dr. Joseph F. Fontanella
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant
1920 Democracy Drive, Reston, VA 20190

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Dr. Joseph F. Fontanella, Director, U.S. Army Geospatial Center (AGC), and U.S. Army Geospatial Information Officer (GIO), spoke at the May GEOINTeraction Tuesday event during GEOINT Community Week, attracting its largest crowd yet at 93 in attendance. Dr. Fontanella shared his vision for AGC and the Army Geospatial Enterprise, concentrating on the Army’s need for better collaboration between warfighters and analysts. He also addressed challenges such as the need for more mobile capability and the need for more data storage.

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March 8, 2011
Mr. Rob Zitz*, Deputy Director for Mission Support, National Reconnaissance Office

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More than 60 members of the GEOINT Community gathered on March 8 for GEOINTeraction Tuesday with Mr. Rob Zitz, Deputy Director for Mission Support at the National Reconnaissance Office.

Mr. Zitz’s talk drew the largest audience yet for a GEOINTeraction Tuesday. He began by describing his position of Deputy Director of Mission Support, and his associated role as the senior who is responsible for being the bridge between NRO and NGA. He then gave a high energy overview of the important role the NRO is playing in technology prototyping and direct support to field operators. He discussed the NRO focus on improving operational relevance by integrating previously stovepiped systems. Mr. Zitz gave many examples of ongoing activities that have shortened timelines and improved intelligence and operational utility via automation and changes to procedures. He also described the strong partnership between the NRO and NGA Directors and the NRO’s intent to support the NGA Director’s new vision with cutting edge technologies.

Another imperative of the NRO is to achieve more multi-INT systems integration. Mr. Zitz concluded with this point and asked industry to help the IC move forward by not just looking at ways to improve GEOINT, but how to tie it together with other sources real-time. He urged the audience to pursue multi-INT solutions. Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions of Mr. Zitz, and the discussions covered how close the NRO is to achieving its goals, open source intelligence, and joint collaboration cells.

January 11, 2011
Mr. Barry Barlow, Director, Acquisition Directorate, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

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Although inclement weather hit the D.C. Metro area on Jan. 11, the bi-monthly GEOINTeraction Tuesday networking event continued as planned with Mr. Barry Barlow, Director, Acquisition Directorate, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Mr. Barlow is responsible for systems engineering, program management and contracts management for the development and deployment of the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG) worldwide and for delivering systems and solutions to meet warfighter and intelligence agency needs.

He addressed on-line/on-demand information, specifically using apps to achieve NGA Director Letitia A. Long’s vision of getting GEOINT quickly into the hands of all those who need it. Barlow divulged he is looking for industry partners in order to achieve this vision, particularly noting the importance of a set of standards for systems and databases to provide access to on-line/on-demand information; how to prepare for an unknown demand of this information; modernizing infrastructure; and replacing the growing amount of NGA employees, many of whom in the next few years will be eligible for retirement. He also noted that Director Long is hoping to be able to show something implemented from her vision at this year’s GEOINT 2011 Symposium.

Concluding his speech, Mr. Barlow highlighted the challenges NGA has overcome in the past with the help of industry such as the ability to access multiple sources of information from one desk. GEOINTeraction Tuesday closed with a brief Q&A with audience members and Mr. Barlow.


November 9, 2010
Mr. Keith J. Masback, President, USGIF

USGIF invited attendees for an afternoon of relaxed networking and conversation with USGIF President Keith J. Masback. This was the USGIF Planning Committee “THANK YOU” reception, and Mr. Masback provided a recap of the GEOINT 2010 Symposium.

Sept. 14, 2010
Mr. Paul R. Weise*, Director, Office of Geospatial Intelligence Management, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

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On Tuesday, Sept. 14, Mr. Paul Weise, Director of the Office of Geospatial Intelligence Management for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), spoke to crowd of more than 50 as the first NGA representative to speak at a GEOINTeraction Tuesday event since the new director, Ms. Letitia Long, was appointed. Mr. Weise touched on some of the new changes going on within the organization and how the Office of Geospatial Intelligence Management (OGM) is involved. Mr. Weise discussed resource reviews in NGA, but mainly concentrated on the importance of functional management. He stressed the importance of this as a way to create and implement standards for collaboration and analysis. From the new changes in leadership within NGA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, NGA, with the assistance of OGM, hopes to concentrate on a strategic plan, the development of standards, a unified workforce, integration of sources, data storage and accountability of programs, among others. Lastly, Mr. Weise called on industry partners to give NGA insight into different programs in order to better determine where NGA may need to concentrate more resources. The briefing was followed with the opportunity for audience members to put their questions to Mr. Weise. GEOINTeraction Tuesday concluded with a short briefing by Richard Williams, Director of the GEOINT Community Governance Division within OGM, on what he does for OGM and how his office’s reviews of processes on collaboration in functional management are currently guiding OGM. Both Mr. Weise and Mr. Williams will be hosting panel discussions at the GEOINT 2010 Symposium, which takes place Nov. 1-4 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La.

Learn more about Mr. Paul R. Weise

July 13, 2010
Mr. James R. Martin, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (Portfolio, Programs, and Resources), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

On Tuesday, July 13, Mr. James R. Martin, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (Portfolio, Programs, and Resources), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, spoke at the bi-monthly GEOINTeraction Tuesday networking event. Martin is responsible for executive oversight of numerous intelligence programs across the armed services and defense agencies. He focused his remarks around the future of ISR with respect to traditional warfare tactics and counterintelligence, pointing out the challenges and commonalities of both. He also addressed the changes ISR will have during withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan, specifically due to the pace of withdrawal and how ISR will be redistributed. Mr. Martin also highlighted the shifting emphasis to new sensors, airborne surveillance and LiDAR being deployed next year for counterinsurgency tactics. He also discussed how Secretary of Defense Robert Gates plans to “normalize” the ISR Task Force and the potential impact. He also reminded the audience that all of these topics and more would be covered in the Defense Intelligence Information Enterprise (DI2E) day during the GEOINT 2010 Symposium, Nov. 1-4, in New Orleans, LA. Following his briefing, audience members were given the chance to ask Mr. Martin questions and interact with colleagues.

Learn more about Mr. Martin

May 11, 2010
Ms. Michele Weslander Quaid, DNI Senior Representative to the ISR Task Force

On Tuesday, May 11, Ms. Michele Weslander Quaid, DNI senior representative to the ISR Task Force, spoke to USGIF Members during its GEOINTeraction Tuesday event. During her informative speech, she gave members a useful update on what the ISR Task Force is doing, what are its needs, and how to get involved to help.In her current role, Ms. Weslander Quaid focuses on information sharing and collaboration issues while identifying gaps within information, currently focused on Afghanistan. Having worked closely with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), she stressed the importance of getting useful intelligence into the hands of our Allied forces as well as nontraditional partners in Afghanistan by using one general network for sharing, such as the Afghan Mission Network. She also highlighted how important tagging GEOINT to a particular area can be to information sharing and that input and output standards of this should be up to par with NATO’s. Emphasizing the need to continue dialogue on information sharing offline as well as using open intelligence for counterterrorism and counterinsurgency tactics, Ms. Weslander Quaid noted the that stability operations in could be much more successful in this way in Afghanistan. She closed her remarks by stressing the importance of keeping U.S. intelligence competitive and innovative through not only information sharing but also efforts to remove some restrictions on the commercial industry. USGIF members were then given a chance to ask questions and network with Ms. Weslander Quaid.

Learn more about Michele R. Weslander Quaid

March 9, 2010
Mr. Jim Ward, Army GEOINT Office, Senior Army Operations Advisor to Director of NGA

Photos from the March event

On March 9, USGIF hosted its bimonthly GEOINTeraction Tuesday event with guest speaker Mr. James J. Ward, Senior Army Operations Advisor to the Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Army Geospatial-Intelligence Office. Mr. Ward is responsible for oversight and management of the planning, coordination, liaison, programming, execution, and evaluation of all aspects of Army geospatial intelligence collection planning and operations in response to operational and expeditionary Army requirements. Ward spoke to over 30 USGIF Members, starting off with his own experience at last year’s GEOINT Symposium and how it’s theme, “Build the Community. Accelerate Innovation. Advance the Tradecraft.” is exactly what the Army is working toward. He encouraged the community to attend the Symposium due to its great content, commentary and speakers. Ward’s speech concentrated on the criticality of training to deliver GEOINT and how training techniques are a moving target. He also informed the audience of Army personnel blending within different GEOINT cells across the country, especially at Ft. Huachuca. Ward briefly addressed New Campus East, notifying the audience that some Army leaders will begin transitioning there this month. In addition, he communicated VADM Murrett’s enthusiasm of the location as a new way of doing business, making communication amongst directorates more seamless. Ward concluded his address by bringing the audience’s attention to two initiatives the community should be aware of, the first being Gen. Zahner’s analysis on the Army MI, sparking healthy debate on potential significant changes to the program. The second initiative he emphasized was Gen. Flynn’s Fixing Intelligence. Ward stressed the importance of reading this as it highlights how GEOINT can help the problems address within Intelligence along with products of worthy note and how they’re essential to Gen. Flynn’s strategy. After Mr. Ward’s discussion, audience members were given the opportunity for a Q&A session.

Learn more about Mr. Ward

January 12, 2010
Mr. Brian Hibbeln, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Special Capabilities

Photos from the January event

On January 12, 2010, Mr. Brian Hibbeln, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Special Capabilities, addressed a crowd of 60 at USGIF’s January 2010 GEOINTeraction Tuesday event. Hibbeln’s speech came as a landmark for the Office of Advanced Systems and Concepts as this was the first time anyone from the office has spoken about its capabilities and services to the public. Mr. Hibbeln’s speech included a vast amount of information about his organization, mainly concentrating on the current state of the Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrations (ACTD) and Joint Capability Technology Demonstrations (JTCD) programs and where they are headed in the future. Mr. Hibbeln also addressed the many ways USGIF Member companies can help serve the organization as well as how to get their services and technologies noticed and supported. He finished his speech by informing the audience of key capability areas where OSD hopes to see more innovation followed by a short Q&A session with the audience.

November 10, 2009
Mr. Patrick Warfle & Mr. Keith Barber, NGA

As the Director, NSG Expeditionary Architecture Integrated Program Office at NGA), Mr. Barber coordinates the efforts of Acquisition, Enterprise Services, InnoVision and Source Operations and Management in support of deployed forces and first responders. Mr. Warfle, who serves as NGA’s Deputy Military Executive, helps carry out the mission of the MX to facilitate all facets of NGA’s geospatial intelligence support to military operations.

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