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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 ypg@usgif.org 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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International Spy Museum Appoints USGIF CEO to Advisory Board

July 19, 2017

The International Spy Museum recently appointed USGIF CEO Keith J. Masback to its Advisory Board.

The Advisory Board assists the International Spy Museum in ensuring authenticity and accuracy in its depiction of the history and tradecraft of espionage. The Advisory Board includes leading intelligence experts, scholars, and practitioners, and advises the museum in planning for the institution, from collection building to program development. New board members are chosen for their expertise in specific intelligence disciplines.

“I’m humbled at this opportunity to assist the International Spy Museum given its broad reach and impactful approach to telling the multi-disciplinary story of the tradecraft of spying,” Masback said.

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USGIF Participates in Esri UC

July 18, 2017

USGIF had a strong presence at the Esri User Conference (UC), held July 10-14 in San Diego, Calif. Esri UC attendees learned about USGIF and its wide range of initiatives via a variety of engagement opportunities.

“This was the most comprehensive engagement USGIF has had at the Esri UC in several years,” said USGIF CEO Keith Masback. “As GEOINT rapidly expands beyond its traditional bounds, the Esri UC represents a unique opportunity to reach across multiple sectors where the unifying thread is understanding the power of location.”

USGIF hosted a special edition of its flagship GEOINTeraction Tuesday networking event July 11. Approximately 120 individuals attended to network and hear from guest speaker Pino Nobile, head of the geospatial section at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Headquarters Situation Centre in Brussels, Belgium. The Situation Centre was established in 1968 and has since adapted to use more geospatial tools to alert and provide situational awareness to decision-makers.

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Cancelled - GEOINTeraction Tuesday July 18

July 14, 2017

USGIF and Noblis regret to inform you that the July 18 edition of GEOINTeraction Tuesday in Reston, VA, has been cancelled. Unfortunately, our guest speaker is now unable to join us.

If you paid for your registration, please allow up to 10 business days for your refund. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you will join us for the next GEOINTeraction Tuesday on Sept. 12.

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Coming This Fall: GEOINT Starter Kit & Professional Certification Boot Camp

July 12, 2017

USGIF has two training opportunities launching this fall – the GEOINT Starter Kit and the GEOINT Professional Certification Boot Camp.

The GEOINT Starter Kit includes four short courses that provide you with the fundamental and practical knowledge and skills on which to base a successful career as a GEOINT Analyst. Courses include Introduction to GEOINT, Introduction to Cyber Security, Use of Social Media, and Critical Thinking Fundamentals.

The GEOINT Professional Certification Boot Camp is the first of three boot camps to help GEOINT professionals review and prepare for the Universal GEOINT Certification exams. The GIS & Analysis Tools Boot Camp is a three-day course designed to ensure professionals understand key concepts found in the GIS and Analysis Tools Competency within the GEOINT Essential Body of Knowledge (EBK).

If you’re interested in enrolling in either of these offerings, please email training@usgif.org.

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Certification Testing at Esri UC - July 9

July 6, 2017

Take the Universal GEOINT Certification Program Exams during the Esri User Conference next week at a special discounted rate!

Exams are being offered Sunday, July 9, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the San Diego Convention Center, Room 33A.

The certification program is beneficial to anyone who wants to further his or her professional development. Stay current and relevant in the profession, take the next step in career advancement, differentiate yourself, and showcase a deep understanding of GEOINT with a Certified Geospatial Professional (CGP) designation.

Certification Exams Include:

  • GIS and Analysis Tools (CGP-G)
  • Remote Sensing and Imagery Analysis (CGP-R)
  • Geospatial Data Management (CGP-D)

Learn more and register today!

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USGIF Appoints New Director of Academic Programs

July 3, 2017

USGIF appointed Dr. Camelia Kantor, formerly an associate professor of geography at Claflin University in South Carolina, as its new director of academic programs effective July 3.

Kantor joins USGIF with nine years of experience in college level teaching, course development, and research in addition to four years of K-12 teaching in the U.S. and abroad.

“I am excited to join the world’s leading organization in furthering the GEOINT tradecraft at a critical moment in which GEOINT is evolving beyond its military roots to gain significant momentum as a multidisciplinary and inter-institutional approach to problem-solving,” Kantor said. “I hope to continue to grow USGIF’s already well-established Collegiate Accreditation program and to ensure future GEOINT professionals are well equipped to not only perform on the job, but also to be well rounded and capable of leading their communities through their high ethics, technical and communication skills, and wisdom.”

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