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USGIF Announces New Board Members

October 1, 2015

USGIF adds seven community leaders to the Foundation’s Board of Directors

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) announced the addition of seven new members to its Board of Directors. The newest board members are David Alexander, Julia Bowers, John Fenwick, Michael C. Grochol, Letitia A. Long, Manh Pham, and the Honorable Caryn A. Wagner. USGIF’s Board now includes 25 directors representing the many facets of the GEOINT Community.

“The USGIF Board of Directors will benefit immensely from the wisdom these individuals bring,” said The Honorable Jeffrey K. Harris, Chairman of the USGIF Board of Directors. “They represent a variety of experiences and perspectives that will help us govern and further our educational mandate across this exciting, technology-infused, rapidly changing GEOINT mission.”

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Submit a Flash Talk for NGA Tech Showcase West Oct. 21

September 30, 2015

As part of NGA Tech Showcase West Oct. 21 at NGA Campus West in St. Louis, MO, there will be an opportunity to present flash talks.

NGA recently released 11 challenges and invites you to submit a proposal. This is an excellent opportunity for industry to be recognized for its expertise as well as showcase how it can support NGA’s current and future needs. The flash talks take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 21.

Applicants must work for an Organizational USGIF Member company or be an Individual USGIF Member. Applications must address one or more the challenge areas provided by NGA. A TS//SI/TK level clearance is required for all presenters.

Deadline to submit a proposal is 5 p.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 8.

See flash talk requirements and apply today!

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Register for NGA Tech Showcase East - Nov. 18

September 29, 2015

As part of USGIF 2015 GEOINT Community Week, USGIF is offering NGA Tech Showcase East Nov. 18 at NGA Campus East in Springfield, Va.

During this full, TS//SI/TK classified event, listen to briefings and see demos inside and around NGA’s facilities and workspaces. Attendees will learn what challenges NGA is working on, what business opportunities are coming, and how your company can help NGA accomplish its mission.

Clearances must be passed no later than Nov. 6.

Register today!

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Contribute to the 2016 State of GEOINT Report - Oct. 6

September 28, 2015

Join USGIF Tuesday, October 6 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for USGIF’s 2016 State of GEOINT content exchange at USGIF Headquarters in Herndon, Va. This half-day session will include GEOINT professionals from a mix of government, industry, and academia who will discuss and document current and future global geospatial intelligence trends. The discussions captured will be assembled into a written report to be published Q1 2016.

Participation is limited. If you would like to attend, please REGISTER at You will need to log in or create a free account to register. You do not need to be an Individual Member to participate. Government participation is especially welcomed.

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Two Event Opportunities at NGA West Oct. 20 & 21

September 25, 2015

USGIF is offering two great opportunities at NGA Campus West in St. Louis, MO. IGAPP Industry Day will take place as an unclassified event on Tuesday, October 20 and NGA Tech Showcase West as a classified event taking place on Wednesday, October 21.

Please note, each event requires separate registration.
Check out the event details and register today!

Sponsorship opportunities also available.

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Join USGIF for the Geospatial & Remote Sensing Law Workshop - Nov. 18

September 23, 2015

Improvements in satellite technology have resulted in higher quality imagery, more frequent coverage, and diverse sensor types becoming commercially viable. The U.S. government is considering changing its current licensing regime for commercial remote sensing satellites to address this new reality.

Join USGIF for the Geospatial and Remote Sensing Law Workshop Nov. 18 at the General Dynamics Information Technology Office in Springfield, Va., as part of USGIF’s 2015 GEOINT Community Week

This panel will discuss the existing licensing regime in the U.S., the proposed changes, and the impact the changes are likely to have on the U.S. commercial remote sensing industry. Lawyers, policymakers, and businesses and government agencies that collect and use commercial remote sensing data will benefit from this program.

You must be a U.S. Citizen to participate in this event. Registration for this event will close Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. EST.

Register today!

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Register today for USGIF's SmallSat Workshop Nov. 16

September 23, 2015

USGIF is hosting the Small Satellite Workshop as the opening event for this year’s GEOINT Community Week, Monday, Nov. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Allder Auditorium at NGA Campus East in Springfield, Va. The day-long agenda will include keynotes and panels from top leaders in government and industry as well as a number of displays, demonstrations, and learning opportunities from subject matter experts and industry innovators.

This event is unclassified. Registration will close Nov. 6 at 12 p.m. EST.

View the agenda.

Register today for this event.

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Sign Up for USGIF's Universal GEOINT Pilot Exams!

September 18, 2015

USGIF will be offering the Universal GEOINT Pilot Exams for four upcoming dates at USGIF Headquarters in Herndon, Va.

Testing will be held 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 7, Oct. 17, Nov. 7, and Dec. 5.

USGIF will be administering pilot exams for the Remote Sensing and Imagery Analysis and GIS and Analysis Tools credential. Successfully passing each exam will result in being granted the appropriate USGIF Universal GEOINT Certificate and also counts toward award of the USGIF Universal GEOINT Certification.

Visit the Universal GEOINT Pilot Exams webpage to learn what the pilot exams will cover and how to register for each exam.

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USGIF Announces 2015 Scholarship Recipients

September 10, 2015

USGIF presented scholarships to 24 students as part of its annual Scholarship Program. USGIF awarded $99,000 in scholarship funds this year, bringing the total funds awarded since the program launched in 2004 to $891,000.

Through its scholarship program, USGIF is dedicated to assisting promising students interested in the geospatial sciences and furthering the advancement of the geospatial intelligence tradecraft.

This year, USGIF granted scholarships to five doctoral candidates, six graduate students, six undergraduate students, and seven graduating high school seniors. Each undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate awardee received $5,000, and graduating high school seniors received $2,000 toward their education.

See who the 24 scholarship recipients are.

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NGA Advisory Working Group Kickoff Meeting - Sept. 24

September 9, 2015

Join the NGA Advisory Working Group (NAWG) for a kickoff meeting Thursday, Sept. 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. at USGIF Headquarters in Herndon, Va.

The NAWG will bring industry and academia together to advise, recommend, and promote actionable ideas to improve NGA’s acquisition processes as well as drive a more efficient procurement culture between NGA and industry.

At this meeting, the co-chairs will introduce its objectives and mission and work with the group to prioritize areas of interest. To achieve success, the working group requires consistent participation from members. Please forward this information if you know of others interested in participating.

Attendance for this initial meeting is limited to the first 50 USGIF Individual Members or Organizational Member representatives.

Registration for this meeting is now full. To be added to the wait list please click here.

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