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Call for Abstracts: 2018 State and Future of GEOINT Report

August 17, 2017

USGIF’s annual State and Future of GEOINT Report provides the GEOINT Community an opportunity to assess the current state of the profession and look ahead to the technologies and tradecraft of the future.

This year, for the first time, USGIF is reaching out beyond the in-person content exchanges and announcing a virtual State and Future of GEOINT Call for Abstracts for those who cannot attend in-person but would still like to write for the report.

If you wish to submit an article for consideration, please prepare a one-page Word document including the following:

• A proposed article title
• An abstract of no more than 250 words.
• The names, titles, and contact information of at least two other co-authors. The three authors should not be from the same organization.

Abstracts should be sent to no later than Monday, Sept. 8.

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USGIF & NVIDIA Launch Essay Challenge

August 16, 2017

USGIF has partnered with NVIDIA to offer an essay challenge to individuals attending or working at one of USGIF’s 14 accredited universities. Three challenge winners will be selected to receive two NVIDIA Titan Xp graphics processing units (GPUs) each.

Applicants from accredited schools are invited to write a four-page essay answering the challenge question: “If you were given dedicated access to an NVIDIA GPU-powered supercomputer, what problems could you solve?”

This challenge is only open to students, researchers, staff, and faculty attending or working at one of the 14 accredited universities under USGIF’s Collegiate Accreditation Program. The deadline for essay submissions is Sept. 30. Please email essay submissions and/or questions to Winners will be selected in fall 2017.

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GEOINTeraction Tuesday - Sept. 12

August 15, 2017

Join USGIF for our next GEOINTeraction Tuesday, Sept. 12, 4:30-6:30 p.m., at CIT Complex in Herndon, Va. Enjoy refreshments, network with colleagues, and hear from our guest speaker Dr. Anthony Vinci, Director of Plans and Programs at NGA.

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GEOINT 2018 Symposium Call for Training Courses

August 14, 2017

USGIF is offering the opportunity to conduct training and education sessions during the GEOINT 2018 Symposium, April 22-25 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, FL.

USGIF organizational members, accredited programs, and working groups may apply to present a two-hour class related to global GEOINT topics with a focus on human security and national or homeland security.

The purpose of these training sessions are for geospatial intelligence subject matter experts to provide updates on new topics, applications, technology, policy, and tradecraft. All training sessions are learning opportunities for attendees. Organizational promotion by presenters is not permitted.

The deadline to submit is no later than Friday, Sept. 29.

See submission guidelines

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Join USGIF in St. Louis Today

August 14, 2017

USGIF and its member organizations are hosting a free Intelligence Information Technologies Cluster Networking Reception on Aug. 14 during the 2017 DoDIIS Worldwide Conference. Enjoy networking and discussing the impact GEOINT has in the St. Louis area and in the DoD’s intelligence information system.

Please join us at 6 p.m. down the street from the convention center as we gather at T-REX, a co-working and technology incubator located at 911 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Thank you to our hosts Boundless, OGSystems, and T-REX!

RSVP to attend this reception. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Aug. 11 Deadline for Universal GEOINT Certification Governance Board Nominations

August 11, 2017

The Universal GEOINT Certification Governance Board (CGB), an advisory body to USGIF and its Universal GEOINT Certification Program, is seeking nominees with a background in government and/or industry to serve as members.

The CGB is responsible for all of the program’s essential certification decisions, including reviewing and approving the development and ongoing maintenance of all program policies, procedures, and content, and provides guidance and structure to the vision and marketing of the program.

See requirements and guidelines to become a member of the CGB

Interested individuals should email to self-nominate by Aug. 11.

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USGIF Announces Three New Board Members

August 7, 2017

USGIF is excited to announce three additions to its Board of Directors: Kate Dargan, William Pilotte, and Dr. Lisa Porter. Both Dargan and Porter began their three-year terms in June and attended their first Board meeting July 19. Pilotte was this month appointed to the board, and as a young professional will serve a two-year term.

“The ever-expanding field of use for GEOINT information and products is an exciting opportunity the Foundation embraces as we build and extend tradecraft to address mission challenges,” said the Honorable Jeffrey K. Harris, USGIF Chairman. “The addition of new, specialized leadership expertise to the USGIF Board will extend our insights to provide fresh, important perspectives."

USGIF’s Board now includes 26 directors representing the many aspects of the broad and expanding GEOINT Community.

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USGIF Attends GEOINT at HBCUs Summit

August 3, 2017

Representatives from academia, government, and industry met July 24-26 at Tuskegee University in Alabama to discuss the future of geospatial intelligence programs at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

The third annual event, “GEOINT at HBCUs: Integrating Geospatial Science in STEM Programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities” was an opportunity for representatives from eight different HBCUs to talk about their geospatial programs, discuss challenges, and share successes.

USGIF Vice President of Professional Development Dr. Darryl Murdock and Director of Academic Programs Dr. Camelia Kantor attended to share the many ways the Foundation can support HBCUs through its Collegiate GEOINT Accreditation Program, GEOINT Essential Body of Knowledge, and Universal GEOINT Certification Program.

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Join YPG at Small Sats 101 - Aug. 24

August 2, 2017

Members of USGIF’s Small Satellite Working Group will join YPG for this free networking event Aug. 24, 5:30-7 p.m., at SSL MDA in Chantilly, Va. This is an opportunity to meet and greet with the working group and hear a talk on current uses and future trends for small sats.

RSVP to to attend!

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USGIF’s Certified GEOINT Professional (CGP) Certifications Earn Third Party Accreditation

July 24, 2017

USGIF’s Certified GEOINT Professional (CGP) certifications were recently granted accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE).

NCCA is a third party accrediting organization and its Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs were created in 1977 and updated in 2003 to ensure certification programs adhere to modern standards of practice for the certification industry. USGIF joins an elite group of more than 120 organizations representing more than 270 programs that have received and maintained NCCA accreditation.

“Having a third party look at our program lends credibility and gravitas to our certifications,” said Dr. Darryl Murdock, USGIF’s vice president of professional development. “The fact that the program is NCCA-accredited speaks volumes of the professionalism of our team, and is yet another example of the value USGIF brings to our professional development offerings.”

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