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USGIF Seeking SMEs & Pilot Exam Test Takers - Aug. 14-15

July 27, 2015

USGIF is seeking geospatial professionals with 3-5 years of experience to take pilot exams, as part of USGIF’s upcoming Universal GEOINT Certification program, on Aug. 15 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. at USGIF headquarters in Herndon, Va. The two pilot exams will be focused on Remote Sensing & Imagery Analysis and GIS & Analysis Tools.

USGIF is also looking for Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to participate in an in-person item writing workshop Aug. 14-15 at USGIF headquarters 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days. Item writing is to develop and review test questions for the Universal GEOINT Certification program.

If you are interested in participating as a SME or would like to sign up for the pilot exams, contact USGIF’s Justin Franz at The exams are limited to 16 individuals per session at no cost and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Learn more about the pilot exams, how to qualify as a SME, and the upcoming Universal GEOINT Certification program.

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SmallSat in the GEOINT Architecture Panel - Aug. 12

July 24, 2015

The USGIF SmallSat Working Group is hosting a panel during the Small Satellite Conference at Utah State University in Logan, UT. The panel will take place Aug. 12 from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. at the university in the Eccles Science and Learning Center in Room 007.

The panel, titled “SmallSats in the GEOINT Architecture,” focuses on how small satellites fit into the GEOINT Community. The panelists will discuss what GEOINT is and how the community is starting to adopt the small satellite paradigm. Come learn about how the SmallSat community and GEOINT Community overlap!

This side meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about what GEOINT is and how small satellites could play a larger role in the community. No RSVP necessary.

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Record Attendance & Exhibitors at the GEOINT 2015 Symposium

July 20, 2015

USGIF hosted a record number of attendees and exhibiting organizations at its GEOINT 2015 Symposium, June 22-25, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. This was the 11th GEOINT Symposium and the first to be held in Washington, D.C.

GEOINT 2015 drew 5,498 attendees and 294 exhibiting organizations, USGIF CEO Keith Masback announced during the Foundation’s July 14 GEOINTeraction Tuesday networking event. Among the nearly 5,500 Symposium attendees were 1,478 government personnel, including the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. This incredible turnout also included employees representing more than 250 federal, state, and local agencies, offices, and organizations as well as strong international participation from 28 countries.

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Download the GEOINT EBK Today!

July 17, 2015

In fall 2015, USGIF will launch its professional Universal GEOINT Certification. The development of any new certification begins with the creation of an essential body of knowledge (EBK) for that profession. Earlier this month, USGIF produced the GEOINT EBK by conducting a cross-industry job analysis to identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the GEOINT workforce.

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Learn more about the EBK and the Universal GEOINT Certification.

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USGIF Opens Industry Solutions Marketspace

July 15, 2015

USGIF collaborated with OGSystems to develop an Industry Solutions Marketspace (ISM) community. ISM is a digital, personal experience for industry and academia to showcase the functionality and interoperability of their solutions. ISM creates a channel—allowing anyone from industry and academia with or without government contracting experience—to show existing solutions to real-world GEOINT problems, all while protecting intellectual property.

There are two user types within the community: Explorers (potential customers) and Solution Providers. Explorers provide mission needs, challenges, and interaction with suppliers through crowdsource-style projects and challenges.

This environment fosters and proliferates transparency and marketing, online collaboration, immersive solution assessment, and business process modernization.

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Read more about ISM in USGIF’s trajectory magazine.

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Hear USGIF CEO at AFCEA Event July 16

July 15, 2015

USGIF CEO Keith Masback will be participating in AFCEA’s The Flavor of Intelligence panel discussion July 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Northrop Grumman Fair Lakes Facility in Fairfax, Va.

This panel will feature distinguished experts from the HUMINT, SIGINT, GEOINT, and OSINT Communities to discuss the mission and differences of each of these intelligence gathering disciplines.

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Join USGIF For GEOINTeraction Tuesday July 14

July 10, 2015

USGIF is hosting its bimonthly GEOINTeraction Tuesday event July 14 at the Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center in Tysons, VA from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

USGIF CEO Keith Masback will be speaking at this event. As a post-GEOINT 2015 get-together, Masback will provide stats from the GEOINT 2015 Symposium, discuss upcoming events and activities, and talk about the new USGIF membership structure.

This event is free for USGIF Members and $35 for Non-members.

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USGIF Names 2015 Lundahl-Finnie Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

June 25, 2015

This morning, USGIF announced Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff for the U.K. Royal Air Force (RAF), as the 2015 recipient of the USGIF Arthur C. Lundahl–Thomas C. Finnie Lifetime Achievement Award. Peach is the 11th individual to receive this prestigious award and was recognized during the GEOINT 2015 Symposium general session.

Peach was unable to attend the Symposium, and instead sent a video of his acceptance speech to be played for the audience.

“Thank you so much for honoring me with this award,” said Peach. “It is of course not for me, it is for all of the members of the United Kingdom intelligence services past, present, and hopefully future who worked so closely in partnership with you for so many years. …I’m proud to be part of the reconnaissance gang, I’m very proud to be part of the Intelligence Community. I see in so many of my predecessors on this hall of fame great friends and particularly great mentors. I would just simply highlight two—the great intelligencer Johnny Allen and my lifelong friend and mentor Jim Clapper. Both mean a lot to me and both mean a lot to their friends in the United Kingdom. To join them makes me humble.”

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CBP Agent Geoffrey Krassy Honored with Lt. Michael P. Murphy Award

June 24, 2015

This afternoon at USGIF’s GEOINT 2015 Symposium, the 2015 Lt. Michael P. Murphy Award in Geospatial Intelligence was presented to Geoffrey D. Krassy, an air interdiction agent for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (DHS CBP). David Alexander, director of the Department of Homeland Security Geospatial Management Office, presented the award to Krassy on the Government Pavilion Stage in the GEOINT 2015 Exhibit Hall.

The Murphy Award is named for Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy, a distinguished Penn State alumnus. Murphy was killed June 28, 2005, by enemy forces during a reconnaissance mission in Afghanistan. For his selfless leadership and courageous actions, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. The Murphy Award recognizes achievement by a Penn State graduate who is serving or has served in the U.S. Armed Forces or U.S. Intelligence Community. Recipients are chosen based upon demonstration of exceptional contributions to the discipline after completing Penn State’s graduate certificate in geospatial intelligence.

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USGIF Announces 2015 Award Program Recipients

June 24, 2015

USGIF today announced the six recipients of its 2015 Awards Program on the main stage at the GEOINT 2015 Symposium. The USGIF Awards Program annually recognizes the exceptional work of the geospatial intelligence tradecraft’s brightest minds.

“Each year as the nominations come in, we are always amazed by the exceptional work of the individuals and teams from government, military, industry, and academia being submitted for consideration,” said Kevin Jackson, chair of the USGIF Awards Subcommittee. “The opportunity to review the dozens of nominations and to understand the significance of your accomplishments and the impact of your contributions to the community, our country, and the world—which most likely never make the news—is truly humbling. The 2015 USGIF Award winners represent a community that we should be very proud to be a part of.”

Read to find out who the award winners are.

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