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Credentialing Manager Hired to Lead Professionalization of GEOINT Tradecraft

October 22, 2014

Professional certification and the larger umbrella of credentialing is gaining traction in the GEOINT Community. Though professional certifications and designations have been around for some time in related fields such as GIS and remote sensing, a larger credentialing effort for the GEOINT Community has only just begun.

USGIF has a variety of credentialing efforts in development, and the Foundation recently hired Ayana T. Nickerson for the newly formed position of credentialing manager to aggressively move forward with these initiatives.

Nickerson has more than a decade of credentialing experience as well as familiarity with trade associations and nonprofits. Her two most recent positions include director of certification programs for the National Waste & Recycling Association and director of certification and administration for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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Homeland Security and Defense Geospatial Community Exchange Nov. 20

October 20, 2014

Help drive collaboration between government, industry, private and academic sectors supporting homeland security and defense missions by attending USGIF’s Homeland Security and Defense Geospatial Community Exchange on Thursday, Nov. 20.

See more than 30 exhibits and hear speakers representing DHS, the Components, and other federal agencies.

View the agenda, exhibit & register today!

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USGIF GEOINT Community Cleared Job Fair - 11/17

October 17, 2014

Join USGIF at its GEOINT Community Cleared Job Fair on Monday, November 17, as part of USGIF’s annual GEOINT Community Week. The job fair will take place at the Hyatt Dulles in Herndon, Virginia from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The GEOINT Community continues to grow and qualified employees are in high demand. As the industry continues to expand, career fairs provide the perfect opportunity to connect face-to-face with applicants actively seeking employment.

Companies interested in participating in the job fair can learn more here.

No registration required for this event.

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Multi-INT Tradecraft Community Innovation Exchange Nov. 17-21

October 16, 2014

The Multi-INT Tradecraft (MINT-T) Community of Practice invites analysts, collection officers, and technical subject matter experts to come participate in the Multi-INT Tradecraft Community Innovation Exchange to address and solve the most complex intelligence issues Monday, Nov. 17 through Friday, Nov. 21 at the TASC Heritage Conference Center in Chantilly, VA. This event is in conjunction with USGIF’s GEOINT Community Week.

The event requires each attendee to hold a TS//SI/TK level clearance.

Clearance deadline is November 3!

Register today!

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Geography 2050 to Explore Trends Shaping the World's Future

October 13, 2014

“Geography 2050: Mounting an Expedition to the Future” is the inaugural event in a multi-year strategic dialogue meant to help decision makers and the public alike understand the major trends that will reshape the nation and planet between now and 2050.

Geography 2050 is the fall conference of the American Geographical Society. Hosted by the Earth Institute at Columbia University, with the support of USGIF, and other partners and sponsors, this one-day event will take place Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the historic Low Memorial Library, site of the Pulitzer Prize Award Ceremony.

Geography 2050 is just one of the many events taking place during USGIF’s GEOINT Community Week, to be held Nov. 17-21, 2014.


To register or for more information about Geography 2050, please visit the event website: To learn more about USGIF’s GEOINT Community Week, visit

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NGA Tech Showcase West - Clearance Deadline Oct. 13!

October 10, 2014

Register today for USGIF’s NGA Tech Showcase West, October 22-23 at NGA’s 2nd Street facility in St. Louis, MO! Join USGIF for this one-and-a-half-day event to see demos and hear briefings inside NGA Campus West facilities.

This year, in addition to the Tech Showcase West briefings and demos, NGA is offering a half-day session focused on the West Modernization Plan.

Submit your thoughts or questions about NGA’s plan to replace existing facilities at the 2nd Street.

Registration ​Costs:

Wednesday, ​October ​22—West ​Facilities ​Modernization ​Plan
Complimentary event

Thursday, ​October ​23—NGA ​Tech ​Showcase ​West ​
​USGIF ​Member: $150
USGIF ​Non-Member: ​$250
Government/Military: ​$0

The 2014 NGA Tech Showcase West requires each attendee holds a TS//SI/TK clearance.

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Northeastern University Achieves USGIF Academic Accreditation

October 8, 2014

USGIF announced the addition of the Northeastern University College of Professional Studies Master’s in Geographic Information Technology (GIT) program to the list of USGIF-accredited college and university programs. Students who take a select combination of classes within the program will receive USGIF’s Geospatial Intelligence Certificate.

“I am thrilled by this opportunity to partner with the USGIF,” said Cordula Robinson, faculty director for the GIT program. “The USGIF certificate provides a distinguished qualification for our students and graduates to work in areas such as international relief, disaster management, and national security, with direct links to industry connected to USGIF. This is an exciting time in the industry and the certificate meshes well with Northeastern’s ongoing involvement with the Intelligence Community and homeland security.”

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GEOINT Community Week November 17-21

October 7, 2014

USGIF will host its annual GEOINT Community Week November 17-21 in Northern Virginia, with partnered events around the country. GEOINT Community Week brings together the defense, intelligence, homeland security, and geospatial communities at-large for a week of briefings, educational sessions, workshops, technology exhibits and networking opportunities.

Events include:

  • USGIF’s GEOINT Community Cleared Job Fair
  • Young Professionals Group (YPG) Event
  • Art of Multi-INT (AOMI) Community Innovation Exchange
  • GEOINTeraction Tuesday
  • Geography 2050
  • GIS Day
  • USGIF Homeland Security and Defense Geospatial Content Exchange

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USGIF Announces 2014 Scholarship Recipients

October 2, 2014

USGIF presented scholarships to 22 students as part of its 2014 USGIF Scholarship Program. The program furthers the advancement of the GEOINT tradecraft by granting scholarship awards to promising students pursuing a degree in the geospatial sciences or a related field. In total, USGIF has awarded $792,000 in scholarship funds since the program began in 2004.

This year, the Foundation granted scholarships to five Ph.D. candidates, seven graduate students, seven undergraduates, and three graduating high school seniors. Each undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate awardee receives $5,000, while high school seniors receive $2,000 toward their education.

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Participate in NGA Tech Showcase West Flash Talks!

September 29, 2014

USGIF members are invited to participate in NGA Tech Showcase West Flash Talks on October 23. This is a great opportunity for industry to showcase their expertise and how it can support NGA’s current and future missions.

Submissions should address one or more of the following areas, as part of the hard problems list provided by NGA-West:

  • Wireless capabilities in classified environments
  • Data management solutions
  • Application solutions for customers
  • Security solutions
  • Workplaces of the future

Proposals must be emailed to no later than Tuesday, October 7.

View Submission Guidelines

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