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USGIF Presents GEOINT Awards at Local Science Fairs

March 24, 2017

USGIF participated in and judged at two local science fairs this month. At both fairs, USGIF recognized students for Special Achievement in Geospatial Intelligence, which awards a student demonstrating the best use of geospatial intelligence to solve a real-world problem or issue in his or her project.

At the 2017 Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Siona Prasad of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology won first place. Kevin Duffy from Lake Braddock Secondary School won second place, and Mikayla Huffman from Marshall High School placed third.

At the Loudoun County Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Jonathan Kerr from Broad Run High School won for his project on “Remote and Autonomous Seismic Vulnerability Evaluation Using Satellite Imagery."

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Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence Working Group Holds First Meeting

March 22, 2017

USGIF’s Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Working Group (MLAIWG) held its inaugural meeting March 16 at Riverside Research’s office in Arlington, Va.

Nearly 30 government and industry participants engaged in energetic discussions and heard from speakers representing the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The group specifically talked about federal agency needs, the implications of machines performing roles previously performed by people, and how emerging capabilities can be brought to bear on near-term hard problems facing the Intelligence Community.

Contact if you are interested in learning more or being involved with the new working group.

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LAST DAY to Apply for the Golden Ticket Program

March 20, 2017

Don’t miss the opportunity earn complimentary registration to GEOINT 2017! USGIF’s Young Professionals Group is offering its (YPG) Golden Ticket Program for the GEOINT 2017 Symposium. The Golden Ticket program is a chance for young professionals to gain the exclusive opportunity to attend the GEOINT 2017 Symposium, June 4-7, in San Antonio, Texas, to meet and hear from seniors and innovators in the GEOINT Community.

The Foundation selects up to 25 individuals to participate in this exclusive opportunity, which includes complimentary GEOINT Foreword and GEOINT Symposium registration as well as activities such as a mentoring luncheon, special exhibit hall briefings, and an invitation to the exclusive USGIF Chairman’s Reception.

Learn more about the Golden Ticket rules and how to apply.

The deadline for applications and letters of recommendations is Monday, March 20.

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GSX Seeking Beta Testers for Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification

March 10, 2017

The Department of Defense (DoD) is building an “Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification" (IFPC) as an entry-level certification for all personnel engaged in or supporting DoD Intelligence operations and activities.

GSX, who helped USGIF build its Universal GEOINT Professional Certification Program, is helping build the IFPC. GSX is looking for a beta target audience that includes DoD personnel of diverse grade/rank and years of experience who perform intelligence functions or support to intelligence functions. Affiliated industry and academia are also welcome to participate.

GSX is hosting two test sessions, 9AM-12PM and 1PM-4PM, every weekday between now and March 17 at its offices in Alexandria, Va.

Individuals interested in taking the test should email Chris Anderson and Marisa Benack.

See IFPC Pilot Testing Guidelines

See IFPC Best Testing Fact Sheet

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GEOINT 2017 Registration & Housing Open

March 1, 2017

USGIF’s GEOINT 2017 Symposium is just over three months away. Symposium early bird pricing is available through the end of March, but rooms in our official housing block are selling quickly.

Only a few hundred rooms remain after USGIF Members had early access to book their Symposium accommodations. USGIF has seen very high demand for GEOINT 2017 housing in the initial weeks since Members began registering. We encourage everyone not to delay reserving your hotel room, booking your flight, or registering for the nation’s premier geospatial intelligence event of the year.

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Apply for USGIF Scholarship Program

February 13, 2017

USGIF is now accepting applications for its 2017 Scholarship Program.

The program provides promising students pursuing degrees in the geospatial sciences or a related field with scholarship funds to help further their educations and the advancement of the geospatial intelligence tradecraft. USGIF Scholarship Program recognizes the achievements of graduating high school seniors, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students.

USGIF is again offering this year the Ken Miller Scholarship for Advanced Remote Sensing Applications, which is a $10,000 scholarship annually awarded to one master’s student working in or planning to enter the Defense and/or Intelligence workforce.

Download scholarship applications here.

Apply by Monday, May 15.

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Download the 2017 State and Future of GEOINT Report

February 9, 2017

USGIF’s 2017 State and Future of GEOINT Report is now available. The report explores a wide range of topics, including deep learning, analytics-as-a-service, training and education, small sats, UAVs, the GEOINT of Things, and much more.

In 2017, USGIF changed the name of the State of GEOINT Report to “The State and Future of GEOINT,” which more accurately reflects the content received from our authors and provides the global GEOINT Community with a continuing forum for future casting. The 2017 report was developed following four State and Future of GEOINT Content Exchanges that occurred in Fairfax, Va.; St. Louis, Mo.; and Denver, Colo.

Download the full report here.

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Geocomputational Breakout Breakfast - Feb. 15

February 8, 2017

Join USGIF for an unclassified Geocomputational Breakout Breakfast at NGA Campus East, Feb. 15.

On the day before the breakfast, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and NGA will present a Geocomputation Summit limited to mostly government attendees. The Geocomputation framework focuses on current and future NGA challenges and aims to showcase high performance computing as a game-changing capability with tremendous implications for economic competitiveness, scientific leadership, and national security. Though the Feb. 14 event is private, USGIF is offering an opportunity to meet with some of the summit’s speakers and NGA seniors during the Feb. 15 breakfast to discuss the proceedings, ask questions, and offer solutions.

Registration is now closed.

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USGIF Educates at Spy Fest

February 7, 2017

More than 480 attendees participated in the International Spy Museum Spy Fest event Jan. 27. Families were introduced to the Intelligence Community and the world of espionage through fun and educational activities. USGIF contributed in this annual event along with NGA, FBI, CIA, and other organizations.

At the USGIF booth, volunteers from the Foundation’s Young Professionals Group (YPG) taught families about satellites. A DigitalGlobe GeoEye-2 satellite model was on display and Vricon 3D satellite imagery was available on tablets for attendees to view. Using the imagery, participants got a spaced-based look at locations around the world and learned the power imagery can have in interpreting events related to national security, humanitarian relief, and more.

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Check Out USGIF Career Center

January 27, 2017

USGIF launched the USGIF Career Center as a way to help individuals in the GEOINT Community find job and internship opportunities and also for organizations to reach qualified candidates. The center launched just after USGIF’s annual job fair held Monday, Jan. 9, at the Hyatt Regency Dulles.

The career center allows individuals to browse available job and internship openings and upload their résumés for employers to proactively search. Hiring organizations are able to post internship and job opportunities as well as search through prospective applicant résumés.

View available jobs and internships here. Hiring organizations can sign up here to post opportunities.

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