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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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USGIF Call for Technical Committee Co-Chairs - Due 3/30

March 24, 2015

The USGIF Technical Committee is accepting nominations to fill two co-chair positions for its Interoperability Outreach and its Emerging Technology subcommittees.

The Interoperability Outreach Subcommittee is responsible for developing interoperability-focused demonstrations and other events such as lightning talks and roundtable discussions. The Emerging Technologies Subcommittee serves as a collection point for assembling needs identified by the community at large and provides insight regarding gaps between geospatial intelligence needs and existing capabilities.

Nominees must be from a USGIF Member Organization. Nominations are due no later than March 30.

See nomination details.

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Register Today: USGIF Dayton Workshop April 21-23

March 24, 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 will close Thursday, April 16 at 12 p.m. Register today!

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USGIF Signs Information Sharing Memorandums with ASPRS & GISCI

March 23, 2015

USGIF has entered into information sharing memorandums with two geospatial-related professional organizations to further inform the Foundation’s Universal GEOINT Credentialing program. USGIF has signed a memorandum of understanding with the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) and a memorandum of agreement with the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI).

“These memorandums are designed to continue to foster communication and provide a more formal mechanism for outreach between the organizations,” said Dr. Darryl Murdock, USGIF’s vice president of professional development. “A primary driver of these initiatives is to share information about our respective credentialing programs.”

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Apply for the USGIF Awards Program by April 10

March 19, 2015

USGIF is accepting nominations for the USGIF 2015 Awards Program!

The USGIF Awards Program annually recognizes the exceptional work of the geospatial intelligence tradecraft’s brightest minds. The program acknowledges outstanding accomplishments in four categories: geospatial intelligence achievement (military, government, and industry); geospatial administrative/support; academic achievement; and academic research.

Anyone associated with the GEOINT Community may apply for or nominate an individual or team for an achievement award. Nomination forms for each category can be downloaded here.

Applications are due Friday, April 10 at 5 p.m. EST.

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2015 USGIF Scholarship Program Now Open

March 19, 2015

The 2015 USGIF Scholarship Program is now open and 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 by April 20!

Apply today!

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YPG Third Thursday March 19

March 18, 2015

Join USGIF’s Young Professionals Group for YPG Third Thursday on March 19! YPG Third Thursday is an informal drop-in gathering held every month as a way for young GEOINT professionals to grow their network by way of good old-fashioned conversation. This month Third Thursday will be in two locations!

Northern Virginia
M&S Grill at Reston Town Center
5:30-7:30 p.m. EST

St. Louis
Drunken Fish at St. Louis Ballpark Village
5:30-7:30 p.m. CST

No RSVP needed. We hope to see you there!

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USGIF’s Dr. Darryl Murdock to Speak at U.S. HYDRO 2015 3/18

March 17, 2015

USGIF’s Vice President of Professional Development Dr. Darryl Murdock will be participating at the Hydrographic Society of America’s U.S. HYDRO 2015 conference March 16-19 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. The conference features an extensive series of workshops, a social program, an exhibit hall, a student outreach program, and a technical paper session.

Murdock will be speaking on “The Rapidly Changing Landscape of Credentialing” Wednesday, March 18 2:30-3:00 p.m. during Lightning Round 6.

Be sure to check out the U.S. HYDRO 2015 full agenda.

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USGIF Publishes 2015 State of GEOINT Report

March 10, 2015

What is the current “State of GEOINT” and what waits on the horizon? The answers are essential for professional agility in an era of accelerated GEOINT innovation. USGIF presents the 2015 State of GEOINT Report to help answer these questions and support GEOINT Community interests and professional requirements.

This inaugural report began with a diverse gathering of more than 50 geospatial intelligence practitioners Oct. 7, 2014, at the Hyatt Dulles in Herndon, Va. Participants were from academia, U.S. government, and large and small businesses. USGIF asked attendees to continue the dialogue by writing short essays to capture the essence of their discussions, forming the basis of the State of GEOINT report.

Read the report here.

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