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USGIF Accredits Three New University GEOINT Programs

August 14, 2018

USGIF has accredited three new university GEOINT programs as part of its Collegiate Accreditation Program. These schools include North Carolina Central University (NCCU), the University of Maryland (UMD) College Park, and the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), bringing the total of USGIF-accredited colleges and universities to 17.

“It’s particularly meaningful to add these three diverse accredited GEOINT Certificate programs, each with unique strengths, at this point in the evolution of USGIF,” said Foundation CEO Keith J. Masback. “As we approach our 15th anniversary as an organization, we’re focused on our strategic vision, and the complementary nature of these strong programs aligns perfectly with that vision.”

For more information on USGIF’s Collegiate Accreditation Program, please visit

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GEOINTeraction Tuesday September 11

August 13, 2018

Held the second Tuesday of every other month, GEOINTeraction Tuesday is a casual networking event where you can develop new relationships, exchange ideas and discover business opportunities. September’s edition of the event is sponsored by Vricon and will take place at their office in McLean, VA.

This event is free for USGIF Individual Members!

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Employment Opportunities at USGIF

August 7, 2018

Become a part of the only organization of its kind aimed at bringing together the many disciplines involved in the geospatial intelligence sector to exchange ideas, share best practices, and promote education and the importance of a national geospatial intelligence agenda.

USGIF is seeking applicants for two job vacancies: a mission-focused, process-minded Chief Operating Officer to lead all internal operations and perform in a high visibility role as a supervisory member of the Senior Leadership Team; and a full-time Vice President of Programs to lead content development for all of USGIF’s events and programs.

View the job descriptions, responsibilities, and how to apply for the Chief Operating Officer position and the Vice President of Programs positions.

Both positions close August 31, 2018.

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USGIF Announces Two New Board Members

July 31, 2018

USGIF is excited to announce the addition of Al Di Leonardo and Patty Mims to the Foundation’s Board of Directors. USGIF’s Board includes 26 directors representing the many aspects of the broad and expanding GEOINT Community.

Di Leonardo is an experienced intelligence and special operations officer and is widely recognized as a subject matter expert in analytical tradecraft, and Mims is currently director of Global National Government at USGIF Organizational Member Esri.

“I am pleased that professionals of this experience and caliber are part of the USGIF leadership,” said The Honorable Jeffrey K. Harris, Chairman of USGIF’s Board of Directors.

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YPG Presents Acquisitions 101 - Aug. 20

July 27, 2018

Join USGIF’s Young Professionals Group (YPG) for Acquisitions 101, Aug. 20, 4-7 p.m. at Planet’s D.C. office. This event teaches you about the acquisitions world, what you need to know, and how it works in the geospatial community.

Guest speakers include Keith Barber from Planet and Nick Buck with Nick Buck Consulting. A Q&A will follow the discussion and beginning at 5:30 p.m. we’ll head one block away to Pennsylvania 6 for a networking reception.

Registration Pricing:
USGIF Members: Free
USGIF Non-Members: $35

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trajectoryXyzt Event Postponed

July 25, 2018

USGIF regrets to inform our community that due to a series of unforeseen circumstances we have postponed the inaugural trajectoryXyzt event, originally scheduled for Sept. 19-20 in Santa Monica, CA.

Though we received unwavering support from exhibitors and sponsors as well as assembled an unprecedented cadre of leading thinkers and innovators in geospatial intelligence technology, it became apparent in recent days that a September event would not live up to the world-class experience the Foundation always seeks to provide.

USGIF still believes fiercely in the need for this first-of-its-kind event to establish the intellectual underpinning for commercial applications of integrated remote sensing, geospatial and location information of all types, data analytics, and data visualization. We thank the USGIF community for its support of this vision and we will endeavor to reschedule trajectoryXyzt as soon as possible.

All registrants will receive refunds within 7 days. The USGIF team sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience. As always, please contact the Foundation with any questions or concerns.

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Students from USGIF’s Accredited Programs Win Hexagon Smart M.App Competition

July 18, 2018

At USGIF’s GEOINT 2018 Symposium in April, a select group of college students attended a workshop offered by Hexagon Geospatial on its Hexagon Smart M.App platform. The students created an Incident Analyzer View, an interactive map displaying specific incident data while applying critical thinking and analysis skills. After learning how to use the platform, Hexagon Geospatial offered a challenge to the students to create their own map and test their skills with commercial geospatial software.

The two winners of this competition were Carolynne Hultquist with Penn State University and Kevin Mercy with the University of Southern California. Hultquist focused her map on crowdsourced radiation measurements in Fukushima, while Mercy made a map on militarized conflict trends in Somalia.

Hexagon Geospatial published Q&As with both winners. Read about Hultquist’s project and Mercy’s project.

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USGIF Seeking VP of Programs

July 16, 2018

USGIF is currently seeking a full-time Vice President of Programs to lead content development for all of USGIF’s events and programs.

Click here to view the job description, responsibilities, and how to apply.

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NGA to Host "Modeling the World" Workshop

July 13, 2018

NGA’s Office of Strategic Operations will host a "Modeling the World” Workshop at Perspecta’s Stonegate Theater in Chantilly, Va., July 18 and 19.

The workshop will focus on how NGA moves from maps to models of the world, and will feature speakers from government, national labs, academia, and the private sector.

Registration for the workshop is open!

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USGIF Shares Successful GEOINT 2018 Attendance Stats

July 10, 2018

Bringing together 4,199 attendees and 251 exhibiting organizations, USGIF’s GEOINT 2018 Symposium gathered the global GEOINT Community to discuss opportunities and solve challenges.

GEOINT 2018, held April 22-25 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla., was the 14th annual Symposium and this year’s theme was “Driving Data to Decisions and Action.” With exponentially increasing data being collected and stored, and subsequent intelligence to be gained, it is imperative to use the information effectively and efficiently to a purposeful end. GEOINT 2018 explored the major drivers, themes, and innovations helping decision-makers and warfighters at the tip of the spear gain actionable intelligence from disparate data.

Among the attendees were 847 government and military personnel, including 264 employees of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), 58 representatives from U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), and 53 members of the U.S. Air Force. There were 314 international attendees representing 36 countries. Among this year’s attendees were 206 young professionals and 113 participants from academia.

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