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2021 Lundahl-Finnie Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

USGIF is pleased to announce that GEOINT community icon Stu Shea will be awarded the 2021 Arthur C. Lundahl-Thomas C. Finnie Lifetime Achievement Award at the USGIF GEOGala Dec. 3.

Stu has nearly four decades serving both government and industry in the intelligence, defense, aerospace, and government services markets. His energy, customer focus, and dedication of his life’s work to the tradecraft of mapping, charting, and geodesy (MC&G), imagery analysis, and intelligence make him the deserving candidate for this prestigious award. Stu currently serves as the CEO of Peraton, where he leads the company’s strategic direction and drives the company’s performance and culture through his vision and guidance. Stu is also a founder of USGIF and the highly acclaimed GEOINT Symposium. He serves on several industry, government, and academic advisory boards.

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The Arthur C. Lundahl-Thomas C. Finnie Lifetime Achievement Award is presented, upon nomination and vote by the USGIF Board of Directors, to an influential member of the geospatial intelligence community who has dedicated much of his or her life's work to the tradecraft.

This distinguished award recognizes contributions made by both Arthur C. Lundahl and Thomas C. Finnie, and celebrates their accomplishments-in imagery analysis and mapping, respectively-and their legacy within the GEOINT Community.

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Arthur C. Lundahl

Art Lundahl is known as the "father of modern imagery analysis and imagery intelligence" for his work as the founder and first director of the National Photographic Interpretation Center (NPIC). Under Lundahl's leadership, NPIC's role to support the CIA's deputy director of intelligence transformed the center into a national-level component of the Intelligence Community, and demonstrated image intelligence as a prime strategic and tactical resource worldwide.

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Thomas C. Finnie

Thomas C. Finnie's career with the U.S. government began in 1937, practicing engineering and surveying with the Department of Agriculture. In 1962, he assumed the position of technical director for the Aeronautical Chart and Information Center in Washington, D.C., and St. Louis, and was one of the initial eight Department of Defense planners who assisted in organizing the Defense Mapping Agency (DMA) in 1972. Later, Finnie became DMA's director of management and technology. DMA consolidated the broad disciplines of mapping, charting, and geodesy, and helped to promulgate its evolution to digital geospatial information. Finnie was one of the primary architects of DMA's evolution to a digital era.