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USGIF Names Roberta “Bobbi” Lenczowski as the 2013 Arthur C. Lundahl - Thomas C. Finnie Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

April 17, 2014

This morning, the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) announced Roberta “Bobbi” Lenczowski as the recipient of the USGIF Arthur C. Lundahl–Thomas C. Finnie Lifetime Achievement Award. She received her award this morning during the GEOINT 2013* Symposium general session. Lenczowski is the 10th and first female recipient of the award.

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2013 USGIF Award Recipients Announced

April 16, 2014

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) announced its six winners of the 2013 USGIF Awards Program. This year’s recipients include the Dover Area High School’s Geospatial Technology Program (Academic Achievement); Richard M. Medina, George Mason University (Academic Research); Melissa Martz, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (Administrative/Support); Robert L. Arbetter, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (Government Achievement); Pixia Corp. (Industry); and the TacSat-3 Exploitation Team (Military Achievement). The winners received their awards this morning during general session at the GEOINT 2013* Symposium in Tampa, Florida.

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USGIF Chairman Stu Shea Steps Down After 10 Years of Service

April 15, 2014

After founding the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) in 2004, serving as its first president and chief executive officer, and presiding as the Chairman of the Board for 10 years, Stu Shea this morning announced during the GEOINT 2013* Symposium he is stepping down from his position as Chairman of the Foundation. The Honorable Jeffrey K. Harris was elected Shea’s successor by the Board of Directors at its last meeting. Harris will assume Chairman duties effective immediately.

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NGA’s Bryan Goltry Honored with Lt. Michael P. Murphy Award

April 15, 2014

This morning at the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s (USGIF) GEOINT 2013* Symposium, the 2013 Lt. Michael P. Murphy Award in Geospatial Intelligence was presented to Bryan Goltry, an analyst at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). NGA Director Letitia A. Long and Dr. Todd S. Bacastow, professor of practice for geospatial intelligence at Penn State University, presented the award to Goltry on the main stage directly following Long’s keynote address.

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USGIF Announces Final Keynote Lineup for GEOINT 2013* Symposium

April 12, 2014

USGIF announced the final lineup of keynote speakers for the GEOINT 2013* Symposium, to be held April 14-17 in Tampa, Florida.

The final list of GEOINT 2013* keynote speakers includes:

  • Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, Commander, U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM)
  • The Honorable James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence (DNI)
  • Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, Director, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
  • Dr. Suzette Kimball, Acting Director, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
  • Letitia A. Long, Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
  • Adm. William H. McRaven, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)
  • Lt. Gen. Raymond P. Palumbo, Director for Defense Intelligence for Warfighter Support, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence (OUSDI)
  • Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Md.-2, Ranking Member, U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
  • Betty J. Sapp, Director, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
  • Robert Scoble & Shel Israel, Co-authors of The Age of Context
  • Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Votel, Commander, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC)

Visit to view the complete GEOINT 2013* schedule of events.

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USGIF Releases Human Geography Monograph at GEOINT 2013*

April 12, 2014

USGIF recently published a 232-page monograph titled “Human Geography: Socio-Cultural Dynamics and Challenges to Global Security.” This is the first publication of the USGIF Monograph Series, marking an exciting new phase of USGIF professional development.

Copies will be available for purchase during GEOINT Foreword and at the USGIF booth in the GEOINT 2013* exhibit hall. The cost for USGIF Members is $79 and the non-member price is $99. Bulk purchase discounts are also available. Online sales may be available after the Symposium.

The monograph features a collection of articles from thought leaders and leading human geography practitioners around the globe, targeting towards human geography academic programs as either a primary or secondary textbook.

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Geoff Fowler to Speak at GEOINTeraction Tuesday on May 13

April 9, 2014

USGIF will host its GEOINTeraction Tuesday event on Tuesday, May 13 at Maggiano’s in McLean, Virginia.

Guest speaking at this event will be Mr. Geoff Fowler, Director, Xperience Directorate, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). He is responsible for enhancing the user’s experience through online, on-demand GEOINT services that provide access to content, expertise and applications.

Mr. Fowler plans to highlight the priorities of The Globe initiative – NGA’s gateway to integrated GEOINT that delivers an immersive customer experience, its technology needs, challenges and the way ahead.

If interested in attending, please RSVP to with your name, title and organization. Free for USGIF Members and $35 for Non-Members

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YPG & INSA Host Speed-Mentoring Event

March 26, 2014

On March 25, USGIF’s Young Professionals Group (YPG) partnered with the Intelligence and National Security Alliance’s (INSA) Intelligence Champions Council to host a speed-mentoring event at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Va.

More than 120 participants attended the sold out event, including 25 senior leaders who took on the role of “mentor” for the evening, offering advice to younger professionals on how to advance their careers. Mentors were from a wide variety of organizations and government agencies, including the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Executive Office of the President, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Office of the Director of National Intelligence, National Security Agency, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and more.

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USGIF CEO Keith Masback Discusses Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

March 24, 2014

Masback spoke with Jim Sciutto on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper” about geospatial intelligence data and how this technology worked in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

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Annette Redmond Speaks at GEOINTeraction Tuesday

March 21, 2014

U.S. Army intelligence is embarking on several new initiatives according to Annette Redmond, an Army senior intelligence official.

Redmond, director of Army Intelligence Community Information Management for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, G-2, spoke to a crowd of about 60 attendees at USGIF’s GEOINTeraction Tuesday event March 11.

Redmond, who was appointed to her position in October 2013, said the Army is shifting to cloud architecture. The Army has streamlined the Distributed Common Ground System–Army (DCGS-A, pronounced “D-Sigs-A”) by collapsing nine programs into it. The program, which gathers intelligence spanning all echelons—“from space to mud,” will begin utilizing cloud in its next increment.

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