Tech Days 2005: Strong Forum for Information Exchange

Tech Days 2005: Strong Forum for Information Exchange

July 18, 2005

OAK HILL, Va. – The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) recently concluded Tech Days, a two-day event that fostered information exchange on geospatial
intelligence among the Foundation’s members and with their government and commercial customers.

The event took place June 9-10 at the headquarters of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in Bethesda, Md., and the Reston (Va.) Hyatt hotel.

NGA’s co-sponsorship of Tech Days delivered dramatic benefits to our members,” said K. Stuart Shea, chairman of the board of directors, USGIF. “The value of their input on the needs and direction of the GEOINT tradecraft — as well as their hospitality — cannot be overstated."

NGA hosted the June 9 portion of the event, welcoming cleared members of the Foundation to their headquarters for a series of presentations and demonstrations. USGIF reciprocated on June 10 with 35 USGIF member-exhibits to demonstrate their GEOINT solutions for commercial and government customers.

“It is very gratifying to see the foundation helping to bring the diverse geospatial intelligence community together through such events as Tech Days,” said Joanne O. Isham, deputy director, NGA. “At this critical time for the intelligence community the role of geospatial intelligence – GEOINT – has become more important than ever to our tactical and strategic decision makers.”

The two-day event culminated with a black-tie Gala in Reston the evening of June 10, with more than 500 community leaders attending. Tech Days was a key event leading up to the Foundation’s cornerstone annual event, the GEOINT 2005 Symposium in San Antonio October 31-November 3, 2005, where some 2,000 participants are expected.

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation is a Virginia-based nonstock, not-for-profit corporation. The Foundation is dedicated to promoting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft and developing a stronger community of interest between government, industry, academic and professional organizations and individuals who share a mission focus around the development and application of geospatial intelligence data and geo-processing resources to address national security objectives. For more information on the Foundation, visit www.usgif.org.

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