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Mission: GEOINT

March 8, 2018

USGIF hosted a workshop at the International Spy Museum March 6 on “When Space, Time, and Location are Critical: A GEOINT Mission.” 30 people with and without GEOINT knowledge attended for a lively discussion on how GEOINT aids in humanitarian crisis and national security.

Participants learned basic techniques for extracting information from images, then using real-world problems and data, they tested their own geospatial intelligence skills to complete a mission involving the time-sensitive movement of people through a dangerous physical environment.

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USGIF Extends Partnership with DigitalGlobe Foundation

March 7, 2018

USGIF has furthered its partnership with the DigitalGlobe Foundation. Together they will grant 14 schools under USGIF’s Collegiate GEOINT Accreditation Program access to DigitalGlobe’s satellite imagery archive and cloud-based service Basemap.

“DigitalGlobe Foundation’s partnership with USGIF on promoting the geospatial tradecraft creates a force multiplier in our common objective to reach out to educational institutions worldwide,” said Kumar Navulur, DigitalGlobe Foundation president. “Under this partnership, students in USGIF-accredited academic institutions are now able to access DigitalGlobe’s vast library of processed global imagery.”

Through this agreement, students and faculty at USGIF’s 14 accredited schools will have DigitalGlobe imagery at their fingertips, with access to high-resolution, high-accuracy imagery and better answers to their research questions.

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NGA to Reveal New Acquisition Approach at GEOINT 2018

March 7, 2018

NGA intends to unveil a new approach to acquisition at the GEOINT 2018 Symposium, according to agency deputy director Justin Poole.

Poole spoke at USGIF’s GEOINT 2018 Sneak Peek breakfast, Feb. 28, about what technologies and capabilities NGA will be looking for as well as what the agency plans to showcase at the Symposium—to be held April 22-25 in Tampa, Fla.

Among the Government Pavilion panel discussions NGA is scheduled to host in the exhibit hall will be a discussion led by Poole on NGA’s pending acquisition restructure.

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USGIF Participates in Academic Geospatial Events

March 6, 2018

On Feb. 28, USGIF’s Director of Academic Programs Dr. Camelia Kantor attended and spoke at the University of Southern California Spatial Sciences Institute’s Los Angeles Geospatial Summit. She gave a lightning talk and discussed the “Power and Potential of GEOINT.”

Kantor will also be participating in “The Impact of Applied Learning” conference at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, March 8-10. She is speaking on “Discipline-Based Education Research-an emerging approach to impactful teaching and learning in geospatial technologies and geospatial intelligence.”

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2018 State and Future of GEOINT Report Now Available

March 6, 2018

What is the current “State of GEOINT” and what waits on the horizon? USGIF proudly presents the 2018 State and Future of GEOINT report to help answer these essential questions.

This annual report is an unclassified document that contains a series of concise descriptions of problems, achievements, and merging issues and technologies as a guide to better understand the GEOINT mission.

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Don't Miss Your GEOINT Mission March 6

March 1, 2018

Do you want to learn problem-solving skills and techniques for extracting information from satellite imagery? USGIF and the International Spy Museum will offer a workshop in which a national security scenario is simulated. Join us for “When Space, Time, And Location Are Critical: A GEOINT Mission” March 6 at the Spy Museum in Washington, DC.

USGIF CEO Keith Masback will lead an overview of GEOINT for the lay person. Participants will use real-world problems and data and test their own geospatial intelligence skills to complete a national security mission involving the time-sensitive movement of people through a dangerous physical environment. Can you complete the mission in time? Come discover how GEOINT is transforming how we engage with our world.

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Final Day to Register: Small Sats Workshop

February 28, 2018

USGIF and its SmallSat Working Group is once again hosting a Small Sats Workshop at NGA Campus East, March 6-7. The focus is “Evolving Capabilities” and will feature speakers and demos. March 6 (Day 1) will be unclassified and March 7 (Day 2) is classified and requires TS//SI/TK REL FVEY clearance.

Keynote speakers include the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy Stephen L. Kitay, NGA Associate Director of Capabilities Anthony Vinci, and Former Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James.

Both days require separate registration. Registration will close Wednesday, Feb. 28.

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GEOINT 2018 Sneak Peek - February 28

February 27, 2018

Before we gather for a week of training, learning, exhibiting, and networking, USGIF wants to share with you what our partners in government will be looking for and what they plan to showcase at GEOINT 2018.

Join us for breakfast at Maggiano’s on Wednesday, Feb. 28, to hear from NGA.

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LAST DAY: Apply for USGIF Scholarship Program

February 26, 2018

Deadline to submit an application is TODAY, Monday, Feb. 26.

The 2018 USGIF Scholarship Program is accepting applications! USGIF’s Scholarship Program annually awards students studying geospatial intelligence and related fields with financial assistance. Scholarships include:

K. Stuart Shea USGIF Endowed Scholarship – $15,000

Ken Miller Scholarship for Advanced Remote Sensing Applications – $10,000

RGi Scholarship for Geospatial & Engineering – $10,000

USGIF also awards 15-25 scholarships at the doctoral, graduate, undergraduate, and graduating high school senior levels. $5,000 is given to doctoral, graduate, and undergraduates, while high school seniors receive $2,000.

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USGIF Renews Academic Accreditation for the U.S. Air Force Academy

February 22, 2018

USGIF renewed academic accreditation for the United States Air Force Academy’s (USAFA) geospatial science program.

USAFA earned USGIF accreditation in 2010 and is the first service academy to be accredited by the Foundation. USAFA offers the USGIF GEOINT certificate through the academy’s department of economics and geosciences.

“Cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy are unique in that they will all become Air Force officers directly after graduation,” said Maj. Justin D. Cook, director of the USAFA GEOINT program. “We’ve seen an uptick in interest and applications to our GEOINT certificate program. We are proud of our program and appreciative of the relationship we have with USGIF. We look forward to many more years of continued success.”

Learn more about USGIF’s Collegiate Accreditation Program.

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