USGIF Workshop Series
The USGIF Workshop Series brings together the GEOINT Community to discuss relevant issues in tradecraft, innovation and the community. Ranging in size from less than 25 to more than 100 participants, the workshops tackle topics that span the defense, intelligence and homeland security communities.
If you are interested in helping USGIF produce a workshop or have a topic for consideration, please email us at "info[at]usgif[dot]com.
USGIF / ATIA / NASIC Intelligence Event – POSTPONED
USGIF, ATIA and the leadership at NASIC have decided to postpone the Technical Workshop in Dayton. Due to continuing government challenges related to the sequester, we recognized that all of the personnel who want to and should attend would not be able to join us for the April event. However, we are looking to reschedule this unique opportunity in the new fiscal year.
Technical Workshop: ADF-C
July 18-19, 2013
More details to come
USGIF Workshop Series Presents: Emerging Technologies in Technical Intelligence and the GEOINT Domain
Brought to you by USGIF and ATIA
11-12 September 2012
The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) and the Advanced Technical Intelligence Association (ATIA) partnered to deliver a two-day intelligence event in the Denver/Front Range area. There is no other opportunity that provides you the access and insight as this event.
Tuesday featured a half day of unclassified presentations on technical intelligence and GEOINT innovation is followed by a GEOINTeraction Tuesday networking evening with guest speaker Ed Mornston, Director, NGA-Denver. On Wednesday 12 September, attendees participated in a classified day of briefings featuring a keynote by DDNI/II Robert Cardillo.
Unclassified Workshop (Government $49, Members $79, Non-members $99)
Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport
1300 USGIF/ATIA Welcome
1315 Keynote: Patrick D. Warfle, Director, Office of Geospatial Intelligence Management, NGA
1415 Technical Presentations
- Kevin Lausten, Exelis VIS, “ENVI Services Engine Exploring Image Analysis Interoperability”
- Chan Smith, exactEarth, "The Ability of a Small Constellation to Tip and Cue Other Commercial Assets”
- Steve Atkinson, Front Porch Digital, “Integrating Private Clouds at a Data Management”
- Robert Tomes, BAE Systems, “Domestic Considerations for Remotely Piloted Vehicle Operations”
- Neal Anderson, DigitalGlobe, “Advancements in Commercial MSI Capabilities to Support NSG”
- Jason Seely, Arete, “Tracking of Unresolved Dismounts in Urban Environments”
- Brian Collins, Inttera Group, "Use of airborne infrared data, satellite imagery, and collaborative geospatial information in fire and emergency operations”
- Joerg Herrmann, Astrium, “Space Data Highway – Re-defining Satellite Data Transfer”
1630 Presentation Q&A
1630 USGIF and ATIA Briefings
1700 GEOINTeraction Tuesday with Harry “Ed" Mornston, Chief, NGA–Denver, Analysis and Production Directorate (FREE and OPEN to ALL)
SEPTEMBER 12 – REGISTRATION CLOSED
TS//SI/TK Classified Workshop (Government $99, Members $249)
0615 Buses depart Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport
0700 Arrival Buckley AFB/Check-in
0800 Security/Safety at ADF-C
0820 Denver Leadership Team Welcome – Col Chance Saltzman, Mr. Ed Mornston, Mr. Mark Dearfield
0845 Keynote – Robert Cardillo, Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Intelligence Integration
0930 Aerospace Data Facility-Colorado Overview – Mr. Ron Cole
1030 NGA-Denver Overview – Mr. Bruce Leiman
1115 OPIR Roadshow – Mr. Brad Rhodes
1200 Working Lunch – Operations Floor Video
1300 Keynote – Jeffrey Rapp, Deputy Director for Analysis, Defense Intelligence Agency
1330 IC/DoD Joint OPIR Mission Management – Mr. Erik Chinn
1415 Multi-INT Analytical Briefing
1515 GEOINT Analytical Briefing
1600 Denver Leadership Team Panel Discussion
1700 USGIF/ATIA wrap-up
The Future of U.S. Commercial Remote Sensing
Monday, June 4
Hyatt Regency Reston _
Sponsored by DigitalGlobe and GeoEye
Nearly 100 attendees were present for the USGIF Workshop Series on “The Future of U.S. Commercial Remote Sensing.” The workshop featured a keynote address by Eric Viglione, deputy director of commercial imagery, products and services at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and was moderated by Kevin O’Connell, president and CEO of Innovative Analytics & Training, and Josh Hartman, CEO of Horizon Strategies Group.
The workshop featured notable panelists from industry and government, including Kelly Gaffney, deputy assistant director, systems and resource analysis, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and Gil Klinger, deputy assistant secretary of defense for space and intelligence within the office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.
Speakers offered frank discussion about the proposed cuts to NGA’s EnhancedView commercial imagery program. Viglione acknowledged that while commercial imagery is and will remain vital, cuts are coming. Gaffney said that after assessing investments in the program, ODNI concluded that it could make a significant budget reduction without impacting capability.
Klinger described this volatile period as an opportunity for industry to assess its maturity and focus on the needs of the future.
“What’s Google going to do next? What’s the virtual reality/gaming industry going to do next?” Klinger said. “The next tectonic shift is far more likely to come from a commercial initiative than from the U.S. government.”
Open Source Software Initiatives ETS Luncheon with NGA’s Bert Beaulieu & Keith Barber
Sponsored by IBM
Thursday, July 28
photos from the event
On Thursday, July 28, 2011, the USGIF Emerging Technologies Subcommittee hosted an ETS Luncheon as part of the USGIF Workshop Series. A sellout crowd of more than 130 people attended this exclusive USGIF-member-only event. USGIF’s interns also attended to hear about advances in open source software.
This installment of the ETS Luncheon focused on Open Source Software Initiatives with Mr. Bert Beaulieu, Director, InnoVision, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and Mr. Keith Barber, Implementation Lead for Online On-Demand Services, NGA, both of whom are leading fundamental technology changes within the agency.
Due to budget pressures and intelligence needs constantly changing, technologies require innovation and evolution of the acquisition process. In response to this, NGA introduced a significant open source software initiative to embrace open technology solutions, practices and procedures. These approaches combined with external hosting, cloud based implementations and the latest internet collaboration tools have the potential of dramatically reducing life cycle costs and improving technical agility.
After lunch was served, Mr. Beaulieu led discussion on this topic. The luncheon concluded with a Q&A session featuring both Mr. Beaulieu and Mr. Barber, where audience members put their questions to both NGA leaders.
Please check back often to this page to learn more about future events.
Friday, May 13: Analytic Transformation
8:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Reston
1800 Presidents Street, Reston, VA 20190
Sponsored by BAE Systems and DigitalGlobe
photos from the event
Concluding the 2011 GEOINT Community Week was a workshop focused on exploring Analytic Transformation and what it means to the community, as part of the USGIF Workshop Series.
Analytic Transformation Workshop Agenda
0800-0805: Workshop Introduction
0805-0810: Morning Welcome – Christopher G. Bellios, General Manager, BAE Systems
0810-0845: Keynote – Ed Mornston, Director, Joint Intelligence Task Force-Combating Terrorism (JITF-CT), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
0845-0945: Session I – Tradecraft & Analytic Methods
Moderator – Lynne Puetz, Technical Director, BAE Systems
• John Goolgasian, Implementation Lead for Analytic Depth, Vision Implementation Team, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
• Dr. Denise D. Royle, Physical Scientist, Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)
• Stephen Wood, Vice President, Analysis Center, DigitalGlobe
0945-1045: Session II – Training & Education
Moderator – Dr. Mark M. Lowenthal, President and CEO, Intelligence & Security Academy
• Dr. Robert E. Morris, Chief, Analysis Training Branch, Joint Military Intelligence Training Center, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
• Reese Madsen, DoD Intelligence Chief Learning Officer, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence (OUSDI)
• Dr. Cathryn Quantic Thurston, Director, Center for Strategic Intelligence Research, Editor, NDIC Press, National Defense Intelligence College (NDIC)
• Dr. George L. Tanner, Chief Learning Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
• Elek (Lex) Szkalak, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
1115-1200: Keynote – Robert Cardillo, Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Intelligence Integration (DDNI/II)
1200-1300: Networking Lunch – Sponsored in part by BAE Systems and DigitalGlobe
1300: Afternoon Welcome – Jack Hild, Vice President of U.S. Defense Strategy, DigitalGlobe
1300-1400: Session III – Enabling Technology
Moderator – Jack Hild, Vice President of U.S. Defense Strategy, DigitalGlobe
• Keith Barber, Implementation Lead for Online/On-Demand Services, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
• Lt. Col. William D. Casebeer, U.S. Air Force, Ph.D., Program Manager, Defense Sciences Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
• LTC Al Di Leonardo, U.S. Army, Former SKOPE Director, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)
• Michele R. Weslander Quaid, Chief Technology Officer (Federal) and Innovation Evangelist, Google
1400-1500: Session IV – Analysis in the Information Age
Moderator: Air Commodore Mark Ashwell, UKRAF (Ret.), Vice President for International Strategy and Business Development, DigitalGlobe
• Dr. Peter Highman, Office Director, Intelligence Analysis, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)
• Jonathan Hutson, Director of Communications, Enough Project/Satellite Sentinel Project
• Allison Puccioni, Senior Image Analyst, IHS Jane’s
• Eric Zitz, Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
1500-1600: Session V – Future of Analysis
Moderator: Dr. Robert R. Tomes, Director, BAE Systems
• Ted Cope, Director, GEOINT Research, InnoVision, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
• Jeff Jonas, Chief Scientist, IBM Entity Analytics Group, and IBM Distinguished Engineer, IBM
• Dr. Bill Lahneman, Assistant Professor, Towson University
• Matt Pollard, Professional Staff Member, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI)
1600: Final Thoughts and Closing Comments
Emerging Technologies Luncheon
Sponsored By IBM
Wednesday, January 26, Herndon, VA
photos from the event
NGA Chief Scientist and Deputy Director of InnoVision Dr. Gregory Smith dove right into current events at Wednesday’s Emerging Technologies Luncheon, part of the USGIF Workshop Series. He began by discussing two studies he briefed NGA Director Letitia A. Long on earlier in the week and how these studies parallel her online/on-demand vision for the agency. The first study asked RAND Corp., an independent research group, to look at the geo-political scene 20 to 30 years into the future and determine potential opportunities for the Intelligence Community and NGA. The second study asked the National Academy of Sciences to examine the course of the geospatial intelligence science discipline and how it’s changing and evolving to engage and recruit. The results of both studies were remarkably similar.
The RAND study found that the GEOINT Community needs to look at new sources such as unconventional sensors like web cams, smart sensors in infrastructure, which can provide rich data. It also highlighted standards, ability to ingest data, and storage as areas that present both challenges and opportunities for the community. The results of the National Academy of Sciences study validated the core competencies on which NGA and the GEOINT Community focus. It also identified other areas the community should focus on such as visual analytics, fusing and integrating sensors, participatory sensing, and human terrain as it relates to space and time.
Dr. Smith emphasized these two studies are important as their results could be the catalyst to move away from legacy programs and projects and toward challenges on the horizon. He also informed the audience of the director’s satisfaction with these studies and that she is willing to consider moving forward with some of these new focus areas.
Dr. Smith’s speech was followed by a Q&A session with audience members, where questions ranged from micro-sensors, research and development, to NGA’s relationship with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. To conclude the event, attendees were provided with a complimentary lunch and the opportunity to network.
The History of CIA’s A-12 OXCART Spy Plane Program
Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, Herndon, VA
photos from the event
USGIF, in cooperation with the Advanced Technical Intelligence Association (ATIA) and the Association of Old Crows (AOC) hosted a 2-hour presentation on the CIA’s OXCART program. As part of a series of public and private discussions from the members of Road Runners Internationale and the Blackbird Association, this unique event featured presentations from the CIA chief historian, a Lockheed Skunk Works industrial manager from the A-12 and U-2 programs, a test pilot from the A-12, YF-12 and SR-71, a Pratt & Whitney mechanical engineer, statistician, a jet engine designer who’s been in the business since 1955, a Special Projects radar cross-section specialist at Groom Lake during Blackshield and a CIA OXCART pilot who flew from 1963 to 1968.
Motion Imagery Workshop
Friday, May 21, 2010, Reston, VA
Thank you to our Sponsors
GEOINT Community Week wrapped up on Friday, May 21 with the Motion Imagery Workshop, part of the USGIF Workshop Series. Attendees came to hear keynote speeches from Maj. Gen. James O. Poss, U.S. Air Force, Director, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Strategy, Integration and Doctrine, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C; CW5 Thomas R. Dostie, U.S. Army, Chief, GEOINT and Commanding General Advisor, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence; and Stephen Long, Oversight Executive for Motion Intelligence, ODUSD/TCA, Science and Technology Advisor, ISR-Task Force, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. Three sessions on Operational View, Intelligence Perspective and Strategic Vision also took place during the workshop, providing another opportunity for the audience to engage with panelists on critical topics affecting the aerial motion imagery community.
Emerging Technologies Luncheon
March 25, 2010, Herndon, VA
The USGIF Workshop Series: Emerging Technologies Luncheon featuring Ms. Vonna Weir Heaton, Director, InnoVision Directorate, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency was sponsored by IBM and the USGIF Emerging Technologies Subcommittee. This workshop quickly filled to capacity, as attendees were eager to hear Ms. Heaton discuss the future of GEOINT R&D.
Applications of Commercial Synthetic Aperture Radar
June 5, 2009, Oracle Conference Center, Reston, VA