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Join USGIF for GEOINTeraction Tuesday March 8!

February 8, 2016

Network while discovering new business opportunities at USGIF’s GEOINTeraction Tuesday March 8, 4:30-6:30 p.m. This edition of GEOINTeraction Tuesday is sponsored by OGSystems and will be held at their headquarters in Chantilly, Va.

James “Jimmy” Comfort, Deputy and Technical Director of the Imagery Intelligence Systems Acquisition Directorate (IMINT), NRO. will be the guest speaker.

Held the second Tuesday of every other month, GEOINTeraction Tuesday is a casual networking event where you can develop new relationships and exchange ideas. 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.

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2016 USGIF Awards Program Now Open

February 4, 2016

USGIF is now accepting nomination applications for its 2016 USGIF Awards Program. This annual program recognizes the exceptional work and accomplishments of individuals, teams, and organizations working with GEOINT. The award categories include GEOINT achievement in academic, community support, government, industry, and military.

See details on how to apply

Applications due by March 18.

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USGIF Survey: We Want Your Feedback

February 3, 2016

USGIF would like to learn more about your needs and obtain feedback to shape the future of the Foundation. As members, exhibitors, sponsors, and supporters of the Foundation, your input is critical to helping us provide valuable programs for the Community.

We ask you respond to this 10-minute survey and provide us with your feedback within the next two weeks.

Short on time? We also have an abridged, executive survey that only takes about 3 minutes.

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Young Professionals Golden Ticket Program Now Open

February 1, 2016

USGIF is now accepting applications and nominations for the GEOINT 2016 Symposium Young Professionals Golden Ticket Program. The Foundation will select up to 25 individuals to participate in this exclusive opportunity, which includes complimentary GEOINT Foreword and GEOINT Symposium registration as well as activities such as a mentoring luncheon, special exhibit hall briefings, and an invitation to the exclusive USGIF Chairman’s Reception.

This opportunity is open to those 35-years-old and under or with five or less years of experience in the GEOINT Community. Applicants must agree to fully participate in all program activities. Apply by Feb. 29 at 5 p.m. EST.

See details on how to apply!

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Penn State to Launch Second GEOINT MOOC- Begins Feb. 3

January 29, 2016

Pennsylvania State University is once again offering its free “Geospatial Intelligence and the Geospatial Revolution” massive open online course (MOOC) via Coursera, beginning Feb. 3.

This course is led by Dr. Todd S. Bacastow, Penn State professor of practice for geospatial intelligence. The course teaches the basics of GEOINT and how it’s applied to business, law enforcement, and defense via short lectures and hands-on assignments. USGIF will assist Penn State with the MOOC by providing insight and answering questions on the course’s message board. The course will run through March 15. No background in GEOINT is required to take the course!

Sign up for the free course today!

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Become Certified: Take USGIF's Universal GEOINT Pilot Exam

January 28, 2016

Reserve your seat for the Universal GEOINT Pilot Exams, as part of USGIF’s Universal GEOINT Professional Credentialing program.

The Foundation is offering a FREE pilot exam in Data Management on the select dates below.

- Feb. 13
- March 5
- March 15

The exam will be held at USGIF headquarters in Herndon, Va. For exam dates on the weekends, testing will be held 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. For testing dates on weekdays, the exam will be administered every 15 minutes on the quarter-hour from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Learn more about the pilot exam.

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Shifting Collection at NGA - Goolgasian Speaks at GEOINTeraction Tuesday

January 21, 2016

Around 120 people heard John Goolgasian, NGA’s director of Source Operations Management Directorate, speak at USGIF’s Jan. 12 GEOINTeraction Tuesday networking event, sponsored by NT Concepts and held at the Children’s Science Center in Fairfax, Va.

Goolgasian focused his speech on the agency’s Next Generation tasking initiative, new Commercial GEOINT Strategy, and efforts to shift imagery collection from a target-based to an activity-based approach.

“We’ve changed our collection paradigm completely on its head,” Goolgasian said. “For those of you who have worked in the community for a long time, the adage is ‘analysis drives collection.’ It’s been true and it’s still true, but I think we can change that.”

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Upcoming YPG Events

January 13, 2016

Join YPG for these three upcoming events!

YPG Third Thursday

Join YPG at two locations for casual networking on Jan. 21! The Northern Virginia chapter will be at World of Beer in Reston, Va. from 5 to 7:30 p.m. EST, while the St. Louis chapter will be at the International Tap House in Soulard from 5 to 7:30 p.m. CST. No RSVP necessary.

Spy Fest

YPG is once again participating in the International Spy Museum’s annual Spy Fest Jan. 29! The group is looking for young professionals to volunteer to manage the YPG table, which will include basic satellite imagery analysis and a “build-your-own-satellite-model” station.

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Acquisition 101 Discussion

Young professionals are invited to attend an Acquisition 101 discussion Feb. 11, 6-8 p.m. at VRICON’s office in McLean, Va. These Acquisition 101 discussions help review the current state of the acquisition process for government customers.

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Network With Colleagues at GEOINTeraction Tuesday - Jan. 12

January 12, 2016

As the 2016 kickoff GEOINTeraction Tuesday sponsor, NT Concepts is excited to host GEOINTeraction Tuesday Jan. 12 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Children’s Science Center at Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, Va.

John Goolgasian, Director of NGA’s Source Operations Management Directorate, will be the the guest speaker. He will discuss the current state of transforming collection from a target-based approach to an activity-based approach and the challenges and opportunities NGA faces and needs help with to acquire the national, commercial, and open-source content needed for future intelligence analysis and operations.

This event has reached full capacity. Registration is now closed.

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USGIF Hosted GEOINT Community Job Fair

January 12, 2016

On Jan. 11, USGIF hosted a GEOINT Community Job Fair at the Hyatt Dulles in Herndon, VA.

The event was free for job seekers to find the employers that match their skills and dedication to the Defense, Intelligence, and Homeland Security communities. Representatives from more than 40 organizations in the GEOINT space participated in the job fair. USGIF also offered a full agenda with career panel discussions, complimentary headshots, and a networking reception.

See the agenda-at-a-glance & which companies participated.

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