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Become the next Tradecraft & Professional Development Committee Co-Chair

April 24, 2015

USGIF is looking for volunteers to fill the committee co-chair position for the Tradecraft & Professional Development Committee.

The Tradecraft and Professional Development Committee discusses and implements ways to assess the needs for GEOINT professionals to support government, industry, and academia. In this role, the co-chair is responsible for working on Professional GEOINT Certification issues, developing key tradecraft topics for the GEOINT Symposium and GEOINT Community Week, and advising USGIF Members and staff on relevant professional development trends and activities.

Visit the committee webpage to see details on how to apply for the position.

Applications are due Monday, April 27.

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Participate in USGIF's GEOINT Hack-a-thon

April 22, 2015

USGIF is holding its first-ever GEOINT Hack-a-thon June 12-14! The purpose of this event is to expose both non-GEOINT and GEOINT-savvy coders to interesting problems that require inventive coding solutions. The goal is to gain participation from the non-GEOINT coding world, while the end result will be a working code base that performs a specifically requested set of functions. The winning team will receive a cash prize!

Interested in participating?
Contact USGIF Vice President of Professional Development Dr. Darryl Murdock at

Interested in sponsoring the Hack-a-thon?
Contact USGIF Vice President of Business Development and Exhibitions Jeffrey Ley at

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Call for GEOINT 2015 Lightning Talk Presentations

April 20, 2015

The USGIF Emerging Technologies Subcommittee invites you to submit an abstract for the Emerging Technologies Subcommittee Lightning Talks to be presented during GEOINT Foreword, the science & technology forum scheduled for Monday, June 22, as preface to the GEOINT 2015 Symposium, June 22-25, in Washington, D.C.

Lightning Talk presentation proposals are open to any USGIF Member as an opportunity to collaborate and educate colleagues on technical topics relevant to the GEOINT 2015 Symposium’s theme: Opening the Aperture; Charting New Paths. Lightning Talks are limited to five minutes each and will be presented from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. June 22 as a capstone to the GEOINT Foreword event. Lightning Talks must focus on advancing the GEOINT tradecraft for scientists, analysts, and other professionals.

The deadline to submit an abstract for consideration is Friday, May 1.

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USGIF Scholarship Program Applications Due Today!

April 20, 2015

The 2015 USGIF Scholarship Program is accepting applications!

In an effort to help further the advancement of the geospatial tradecraft, USGIF is dedicated to assisting doctoral, graduate, undergraduate, and graduating high school seniors interested in the geospatial sciences with scholarship awards.

Since the program began in 2004, the USGIF Scholarship Program has awarded $792,000 in scholarships, helping further the education of more than 170 GEOINT students.

Applications are due April 20

Apply today!

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Register for USGIF's Dayton Workshop By April 16

April 13, 2015

USGIF invites you to attend the USGIF Dayton Technical Workshop April 21-23 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. The workshop’s discussions will focus on the “Demands, Challenges, and Opportunities for Technical Intelligence in an Anti-Access/Area Denial Environment.” Join USGIF for three days of keynotes, panels, demos, tours, and networking opportunities.

View the full agenda.

This event will be held at the TS/SCI classified level.

Registration is now closed.

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Applications for Young Professionals Golden Ticket Program Due April 10

April 7, 2015

USGIF is accepting applications and nominations for the Young Professionals Golden Ticket 2015 Program for the GEOINT 2015 Symposium. Each year, USGIF offers the golden ticket program as an opportunity for young professionals to win complimentary registration to the GEOINT Symposium, which includes full symposium and GEOINT Foreword registration.

USGIF will select up to 25 individuals to participate in this exclusive offering. The golden ticket program is open for individuals 35 years old and under, or with five or less years of experience in the GEOINT Community. Participants must be able to attend the entire GEOINT 2015 Symposium Monday, June 22 to Thursday, June 25. Previous golden ticket recipients are not eligible for selection.

Applications are due Friday, April 10 at 5 p.m. EST. See details on how to apply.

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Dr. Darryl Murdock to Participate in NASA Earth Sciences Review

April 6, 2015

USGIF’s Dr. Darryl Murdock, vice president of professional development, was invited to participate in the 2015 NASA Earth Science Senior Review/National Interests Panel April 7-9 in Washington, DC. The NASA Earth Science Division of the Science Mission Directorate is supporting several Earth observing missions that are operating beyond their prime mission lifetimes. This senior review will examine these Earth observing missions, and its participants will provide input on 10 proposals for mission extension.

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NGA Deputy Director Joins USGIF Board of Directors

April 2, 2015

USGIF is pleased to announce National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Deputy Director Susan M. Gordon as an advisor to the USGIF Board of Directors.

“Sue has a great compassion and enthusiasm in her position and we are excited to bring that energy to the USGIF Board of Directors,” said USGIF COO Aimee McGranahan. “Her participation is key in our continued strong engagement with NGA, and Sue will be instrumental in supporting USGIF as it tackles challenges and fosters innovation on behalf of the GEOINT Community.”

Gordon replaces former NGA Deputy Director Mike Rodrigue as a USGIF board advisor. The previous NGA Deputy Director Lloyd Rowland was also a board advisor. Board advisors serve as non-voting members on the USGIF Board of Directors.

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USGIF Confirms Three Keynotes for GEOINT 2015

March 30, 2015

The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James R. Clapper, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Director Robert Cardillo, and Author Robert D. Kaplan are confirmed to give keynote addresses at the GEOINT 2015 Symposium June 22-25 in Washington, DC.

Cardillo is scheduled to speak at GEONT 2015 on June 23 at 11 a.m., Kaplan on June 24 at 10:15 a.m., and Clapper on June 25 at 11:45 a.m. Please note the agenda is subject to change.

Both Cardillo and Clapper have spoken at past GEOINT Symposia, while this is Kaplan’s first speaking engagement with USGIF. View videos of Clapper and Cardillo keynotes from the GEOINT 2013* Symposium at

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GEOINT 2015 Symposium Registration Now Open

March 26, 2015

USGIF announced registration is open at for its GEOINT 2015 Symposium, the largest intelligence event of the year. GEOINT 2015 takes place June 22-25 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, D.C.

This year marks the first time the GEOINT Symposium will be held in the nation’s capital. The GEOINT 2015 theme is “Opening the Aperture: Charting New Paths,” and the D.C. location allows USGIF to bring into the program local attendees and exhibitors who may not otherwise travel to the symposium and open their eyes to the Foundation’s broad view of geospatial intelligence.

To best gather all geospatial stakeholders, USGIF offers complimentary Symposium registration and exhibit hall access to government employees (excluding contractors), active-duty military, federal, state, and local representatives and employees, and law enforcement, firefighters, and other first responders.

Visit to register for the event. For registration questions, contact J. Spargo & Associates at or call 866-849-9827.

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