USGIF Workshop Series

The USGIF Workshop Series brings together the GEOINT Community to discuss relevant issues in tradecraft, innovation and the community. 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

Upcoming Workshops

21-23 April
USGIF Technical Workshop: Dayton
“Demands, Challenges, and Opportunities for Technical Intelligence in an Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2AD) Environment”
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio

Past Workshops

Analytics 2014: Insights for Mission Impact
July 30, 2014
Hyatt Regency Reston, Reston, VA

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2014 ABI Forum: ABI in Practice and the Challenges Ahead
July 24, 2014
TASC Heritage Conference Center, Chantilly, VA

Joint & Combined GEOINT Workshop
Monday, June 30, 2014 – Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Defence Geospatial Intelligence Fusion Centre (DGIFC), RAF Wyton, Cambridge, UK

The DGIFC represents a new paradigm in the fusion of UK Joint and Combined space and airborne GEOINT, and the move toward a multi-INT future. This three-day workshop provided a first-ever opportunity to see the facility, meet with UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) intelligence leadership, and engage in discussions to guide the future of DGIFC operations.

The event began with an evening welcome reception in Cambridge on June 30. On July 1, USGIF in cooperation with the Joint Forces Intelligence Group (JFIG) and the DGIFC offered an all-day, classified (TS/SCI) workshop at RAF Wyton. UK MoD and Joint Forces Intelligence Group (JFIG) leaders, as well as the aforementioned ASMC panel, shared perspectives and discussed their needs and challenges. The afternoon included breakout sessions to further explore and develop actionable suggestions for a way forward. The event ended the morning of July 2 with a half-day session at Cambridge University focusing on the history of U.S. and British intelligence cooperation.

Executing the Mission in a New IT Environment
Monday, June 23, 2014
Hyatt Regency Reston, VA

This workshop differed from past IC ITE events by exploring the mission implications and benefits that IC ITE will bring to the Community.

Read the recap of the event at

Check out the presentation “Integrated Intelligence for Mission Value,” by Gus Taveras, Chief Technology Officer, DIA and Dan Doney, Chief Innovation Officer, DIA.

Presentation Part 1

Presentation Part 2

USGIF Presents “NIEM: How It’s Changing Acquisition Collaboration, Your World”
September 16, 2013
Chantilly, VA

The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) is a community-driven, standards-based approach to exchanging information across organizations. Initially started as a grassroots effort at the state and local levels, NIEM is now being used at varying levels of maturity in all 50 states and 19 federal agencies.

Of particular significance from an acquisition and interoperability perspective, the Department of Defense signed a letter of intent in March 2013 to adopt NIEM as the DoD-wide sustainable business model for information sharing that supports the DoD Data strategy and the Joint Information Environment. DoD adoption of NIEM offers potential improvements in Mission Effectiveness by enabling effective information sharing across the DoD and with our mission partners. DoD is joining a diverse set of users from a vast array of communities, to include law enforcement, biometrics, cyber, and many others.

Chaired by ODNI’s Program Manager of the Information Sharing Environment, Kshemendra Paul, attendees were able to attend this luncheon and discussion to learn more about NIEM and its relevance for acquisition and interoperability challenges. Seniors from the DoD, NGA and ODNI gave their viewpoints on adopting NIEM, the role of NIEM in information sharing and the potential for interoperability.

Mr. Kshemendra Paul, Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment, ODNI

Mr. Jeff Bell, Director, National Center for Geospatial Intelligence Standards, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
Mr. David DeVries, Deputy CIO for Information Enterprise, Department of Defense (DoD)
Ms. Donna Roy, Executive Director, National Information Exchange Model (NIEM)

USGIF Technical Workshop:Denver
July 17-19, 2013
Denver, CO

USGIF brought its invaluable programming back to the Denver Front Range area. This workshop engaged the GEOINT Community in the Rocky Mountain and Inter-Mountain West with classified and unclassified training, technical presentations, keynotes, and networking opportunities.

Wednesday featured all-day unclassified EO & SAR training in topics including multi- and hyper-spectral, multi-source fusion, GPS, airborne, intelligence integration, and data management. Thursday featured unclassified EO training in the morning with technical presentations and a mentoring session for the Young Professionals Group (YPG) in the afternoon. Friday wrapped up with a day of classified briefings, keynote speakers and a panel discussion.

USGIF Workshop Series Presents: Emerging Technologies in Technical Intelligence and the GEOINT Domain

Brought to you by USGIF and ATIA
11-12 September 2012
Denver, Colorado

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.

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.

Emerging Technologies Luncheon
Sponsored By IBM
Wednesday, January 26, Herndon, VA

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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.

Learn more about Dr. Harold Gregory Smith

The History of CIA’s A-12 OXCART Spy Plane Program
Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, Herndon, VA

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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