July 1, 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.
June 29, 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.
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.”
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.
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.”
June 23, 2015
The GEOINT 2015 Symposium has kicked off, but that doesn’t mean it’s not too late to register!
Don’t miss the nation’s largest intelligence event June 22-25 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Hear keynote addresses from leaders in the geospatial intelligence community, see technologies from 290+ exhibiting organizations, and take advantage of the many networking opportunities.
Register online or onsite at the Washington Convention Center!
Onsite registration hours:
- Tuesday, June 23 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 24 6 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- Thursday, June 25 6 am – 4 p.m.
June 19, 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. 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.
This document provides background information and context as well as outlines standards for the broad practice of GEOINT. The GEOINT EBK is at the heart of USGIF’s efforts to professionalize the global GEOINT workforce. Within this document are examples of transparency and transportability, the hallmarks of the USGIF Credentialing Program.
June 18, 2015
USGIF is hosting its first Cyber-Location Nexus Workshop Friday, June 26 at NCE in Springfield, VA.
This classified workshop will explore critical cyber-location challenges and associated business opportunities through keynote addresses and panel discussions. Hear from leaders representing NGA, ODNI, CIA, DHS, and more!
This is a TS//SI/TK NOFORN classified event.
Registration is now closed.
June 16, 2015
Nearly 30 developers and data scientists turned out for the first USGIF GEOINT Hackathon June 12-14 at DigitalGlobe offices in Herndon, Va.
Participants were tasked to determine why certain areas of West Africa were unaffected by the Ebola outbreak as well as predict where additional outbreaks might occur. However, this was their secondary goal—their primary goal was to expose their team’s thinking and build in hooks so another team working with another geography or outbreak could modify the solution to a new set of conditions.
The first-place team included four student interns and was aptly named “Team Intern.” Their solution focused on travel and revealed an “Ebola superhighway” along the coast of West Africa. They were awarded the $15,000 grand prize as well as complimentary registration to USGIF’s GEOINT 2015 Symposium, to be held next week in Washington, D.C.
June 16, 2015
The GEOINT 2015 Symposium begins next week at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown D.C. USGIF has just added some additional speakers and sessions to the agenda you won’t want to miss.
New speakers include:
- Rep. Devin Nunes, HPSCI Chairman, to join Ranking Member Adam Schiff on Thursday morning
- A Conversation with NGA’s Senior Leadership on Wednesday morning
- Robert Cardillo, Director, NGA
- Susan M. Gordon, Deputy Director, NGA
- Ed Mornston, Chief of Staff, NGA
- Ellen E. McCarthy, Director of Plans and Programs, NGA
- Deputy Director of Operations, NGA