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Trajectory Q4 Content Now Available

December 15, 2014

USGIF’s trajectory magazine’s Q4 2014 content is now available online and in print! This issue includes Q&As with NGA Director Robert Cardillo and former director Letitia Long, a look at maritime domain awareness, and a list of the 2014 USGIF scholarship recipients.

The Q4 issue also offers the official USGIF 2014 Membership Directory. It contains an alphabetical directory of descriptions and contact information for all of the USGIF Sustaining Members, in addition to a capabilities index.

You can download a PDF version of this issue, or sign up for a free subscription to trajectory quarterly print issues and monthly e-newsletters.

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Geography 2050 Conference Examines Global Trends

December 12, 2014

“Geography 2050: Mounting an Expedition to the Future,” took place Nov. 19 at the Low Memorial Library in New York City. The event, also the inaugural fall conference of the American Geographical Society (AGS), explored the challenges civilization will face by the year 2050 through the lens of geography. With topics ranging from the planet’s changing physical characteristics to geo-politics, more than 230 attendees listened to a wide array of speeches by more than 20 experts representing government, industry, and academia.

USGIF partnered with AGS for Geography 2050 and incorporated the event into the Foundation’s 2014 GEOINT Community Week held Nov. 17-21.

Topics such as urbanization, climate, energy, expansion of the Internet, and other global trends all encompassed the overarching theme of the event: understanding how the world is changing and what can be done to better plan for the future.

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Awards Program Opening in January!

December 10, 2014

The 2015 Awards Program will open January 2015!

The USGIF Awards Program annually recognizes the exceptional work of the geospatial intelligence tradecraft’s brightest minds. Anyone involved in the GEOINT Community may apply and/or nominate someone or a team for an award.

Recipients will be announced at the GEOINT 2015 Symposium.

Applications will be posted in January. Start brainstorming who you will nominate!

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Free EO Training Dec. 12

December 9, 2014

USGIF and the Commercial Electro Optical Imagery Working Group are hosting a free, unclassified training on commercial electro optical imaging at the USGS headquarters in Reston, VA on December 12.

Modules will include:

  • Services available under NGA’s EnhancedView contract
  • Imagery use cases available and an overview of the RapidEye Constellation
  • An in-depth view of global change monitoring using RapidEye data
  • An overview of SPOT and the Pleiades imaging constellation
  • Imagery processing services
  • Satellite ground station services
  • Time dominant imagery analysis

Participants are provided a Certificate of Completion following the session.

Sign up here to attend this training.

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NGA Representatives Speak at GEOINTeraction Tuesday

December 5, 2014

NGA’s Doug McGovern and Karyn Hayes-Ryan spoke at USGIF’s 2014 GEOINT Community Week edition of GEOINTeraction Tuesday Nov. 18, and presented NGA’s recently launched GEOINT Solutions Marketplace (GSM). The vision for the web-based platform, accessible via, is to provide non-cleared, non-traditional vendors with access to NGA needs, design standards, toolkits, and more, as well as a portal to submit their ideas and white papers to the agency.

Working in parallel with NGA, USGIF will provide an Industry Solutions Marketplace (ISM)—a digital demonstration sandbox for industry to showcase the functionality and interoperability of their solutions. ISM will invite all industry members with potential solutions to GEOINT problems and challenges to participate, allowing companies both with and without experience working with the federal government a mechanism to apply their capabilities against real-world problems while protecting their intellectual property.

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YPG Holiday Party

December 4, 2014

It’s that time of the year again! USGIF’s Young Professionals Group (YPG) is hosting its annual holiday party on December 9, 6-8 p.m. at Spider Kelly’s, 3181 Wilson Blvd, in Arlington, Va.

Admission is a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to Toys for Tots.

RSVP to to attend.

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Purchase Your Copy of the USGIF Monograph

November 25, 2014

USGIF’s monograph “Human Geography: Socio-Cultural Dynamics and Challenges to Global Security” is available for purchase!

Released in April 2014, this is the first publication of the USGIF Monograph Series. The book features a collection of articles from thought leaders and leading human geography practitioners from around the globe. Topics include water security, social media, political geography, ABI and more.

The monograph is available in paperback editions on the USGIF website, AmazonSmile, and at select USGIF events. It is also now available on Amazon Kindle.

Purchase your copy today!

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Thank You for Attending GEOINT Community Week!

November 21, 2014

USGIF would like to thank all the attendees, participants and sponsors who supported the 2014 GEOINT Community Week November 17-21. There was a phenomenal turnout throughout the week, and the Foundation could not have made it possible without your help.

The Foundation is looking to host GEOINT Community Week this time next year to coincide with Geography Awareness Week.

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USGIF's Jeff Ley Named Show Manager of the Year

November 21, 2014

USGIF is pleased to announce Jeff Ley, USGIF vice president of business development and exhibitions, was named a 2014 Expo Group Show Manager of the Year (SMOTY).

Ley was named SMOTY for tier IV events—those with 701 to 1,500 booths—and received his award Nov. 15 at the Trade Show News Network (TSNN) Awards Gala at the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

“This award appropriately reflects Jeff’s dedication and hard work year after year for all USGIF events, not the least of which was working through the challenges presented with the postponement of the GEOINT 2013 Symposium as a result of the federal government shutdown,” said USGIF COO Aimee McGranahan. “Jeff continues to raise the bar each year, and our team is very proud that he is being honored with the SMOTY Award. It is very well deserved.”

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Ten Years Later: Looking at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence

November 19, 2014

Ten Years Later: Looking at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Joseph Theater, Breidenbaugh Hall, Gettysburg College, PA

Ten years ago, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (The 9/11 Commission) issued a detailed report, including a recommendation that “the current position of Director of Central Intelligence should be replaced by a National Intelligence Director with two main areas of responsibility.

USGIF is proud to assist the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College with its Intelligence & National Security Series, and promote some of the events during GEOINT Community Week.

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