GEOINT 2005 Hugely Successful Leads to Early Interest in GEOINT 2006

GEOINT 2005 Hugely Successful Leads to Early Interest in GEOINT 2006

November 16, 2005

Herndon, VA – The success of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s (USGIF) recent GEOINT 2005 Symposium in San Antonio has generated early interest in the foundation’s GEOINT 2006 Symposium, which is scheduled for November 13 to November 16, 2006, at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Due to the overwhelming success of last year’s symposium, this year’s conference hosted over 2,100 participants and featured nearly double the exhibit space, a larger geospatial intelligence interoperability demonstration, and a third full day of keynotes, panels, and exhibits.

“We are extremely pleased with all the positive feedback we’ve received from GEOINT 2005 participants,” said K. Stuart Shea, chairman of the board of directors, USGIF. “Thanks to a group of distinguished keynote speakers and discussion panelists, as well as overwhelming community support, participants were able to experience a first-rate gathering of the tradecraft and enjoy strong opportunities for networking and relationship building. We are eager to begin planning for GEOINT 2006 in Orlando.”

The annual symposium’s 2005 theme was “Securing Freedom, Defeating Threats, Savings Lives” which discussed how geospatial intelligence is helping to defeat actual threats to freedom around the world and to secure that freedom wherever it is welcomed. In addition to a number of special events, the symposium featured three full days of keynote speeches and panel discussions on topics of interest to the geospatial intelligence community. The Honorable Keith R. Hall, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton, the Honorable Jeffrey K. Harris, Corporate Vice President and Managing Director, Situational Awareness, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Brig. Gen. Michael G. Lee, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Executive Director and Vice President, Special Services Division, American Systems Corporation served as emcees for the proceedings, which included:

Keynote Speeches

• Lt. Gen. Keith B. Alexander, U.S. Army, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service
• Col. Kenneth Allard, U.S. Army (Ret.), NBC News Commentator and Former Dean, National War College
• Mr. Thomas P.M. Barnett, Author, “The Pentagon’s New Map” and “Blueprint for Action”
• The Honorable Richard Ben-Veniste, Partner, Mayer Brown, Rowe & Maw and Former Commissioner of the 9-11 Commission
• Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper, Jr., U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
• Gen. Wayne Downing, U.S. Army (Ret.), Chairman, Combating Terrorism Center, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
• Gen. Michael V. Hayden, U.S. Air Force, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence
• Adm. James M. Loy, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.), Senior Counselor, The Cohen Group
• The Honorable R. James Woolsey, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton and Former Director of Central Intelligence
Panel Discussions

Threats in an Area of Transformation

*_Moderator_: Mr. Michael Swetnam, Chief Executive Officer, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
*_Panelists_: Mr. Charles E. Allen, Assistant Secretary for Information Analysis, Department of Homeland Security
Mr. Jeffrey “Skunk” Baxter, National Security Consultant and Award-Winning Musician
Dr. Thomas Fingar, Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis and Chairman, National Intelligence Council
Mr. John Gannon, Vice President for Analysis, BAE Systems

The GEOINT community faces a unique set of threats in this remarkable time of change and transformation. This panel defined the types of threats we face — traditional, irregular, disruptive, and catastrophic — and challenged us to consider new threats. It also examined how the GEOINT community can best address these threats to help secure democracy.

GEOINT: National Policy and Decision Making

*_Moderator_: Mr. Richard L. Haver, Vice President for Intelligence Strategy, Northrop Grumman Corporation and Former Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
*_Panelists_: Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, U.S. Army, Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, Intelligence and Warfighting Support (I)
Mrs. Mary Margaret Graham, Deputy Director for National Intelligence Collection
Dr. John Stopher, Budget Director, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
Mr. Robert A. Weber, Director, Office of International Policy, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

The Director of National Intelligence position is one of the newest and most demanding in the government. With our nation at war, the Director’s goal is to ensure that the intelligence community budget is well spent, the intelligence community is working together as a team and our community-wide analysis is objective, timely, and relevant to the nation’s needs. GEOINT will play a key role in meeting the DNI’s objectives. This panel discussed the value-added impact GEOINT can provide as the DNI faces the challenges of the 21st century.

GEOINT to the Last Tactical Mile

*_Moderator_: Mr. Michael Thomas, Vive President and General Manager, Lockheed Martin Geospatial-Intelligence Solutions
*_Panelists_: Mr. Colin Agee, Director, ISR Integration Directorate
Capt. Jeffrey S. Best, U.S. Navy, Deputy Oceanographer, U.S. Navy
Air Vice Marshall Stuart W. Peach, Director General, Intelligence Collection, Ministry of Defence, United Kingdom
Major Gen. Charles N. Simpson, U.S. Air Force, JFCOM Requirements and Integration Directorate
Brig. Gen. Dale C. “Muddy” Waters, U.S. Air Force, Military Executive, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

This panel focused on the influence and responsiveness of Geospatial Intelligence to support the myriad of users – mission support, operational users, decision makers, and multiple levels of civilian government. As senior leaders across the GEOINT spectrum, panel members delivered a diversified view of present aspects and potential strategies for enhancing the operational relevance of Geospatial Intelligence in the future. Specifically, they focused on the understood requirement to provide actionable knowledge to the right place, at the right time, in the right format.

GEOINT: Information Sharing—Industry Views

*_Moderator_: Ms. Joanne O. Isham, Deputy Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
*_Panelists_: Dr. William L. Ballhaus, President, National Security Solutions, BAE Systems
Mr. Jack Dangermond, President, ESRI
Mr. Paul L. Graziani, President and CEO, Analytical Graphics, Inc.
Dr. Leo A. Hazlewood, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mission Integration Business Unit, SAIC
Mr. Herbert F. Satterlee III, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DigitalGlobe

GEOINT: Information Sharing—Government Views

*_Moderator_: Dr. David F. McQueeney, Chief Technology Officer, IBM Federal
*_Panelists_: Mr. Leroy “Tom” Bortmes, Executive Director for the Offfice of Intelligence, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Capt. Mark E. Gunggoll, U.S. Navy, Deputy Director for Intelligence Assessments, Doctrine, Requirement and Capabilities (J2P), Joint Staff, Director of Intelligence
Dr. Pete L. Rustan, Director, Advanced Systems and Technology, National Reconnaissance Office
Mr. Robert S. Zitz, Special Assistant to the Director of National Security Agency

Two panels were held on this topic—one from the government perspective and another from the industry perspective. The sheer volume of information that is flooding individuals today demands changes in how information is handled—from data ingestion through dissemination to consumers. These panels explored the convergence of technologies and data flow and examined how we can build a tighter relationship between geospatial technologies and mainstream Information Technology (IT). The panels addressed questions such as: How can GEOINT help to organize information? How can we process all the information that is being received from all sources (e.g., satellites, communications, signals)? How do we understand all this information? The answers to these questions illuminated how we can get the right information in the right format at the right time to those who need it.

Maintaining the Competitive Edge

*_Moderator_: The Honorable Martin C. Faga, President and Chief Executive Officer, The MITRE Corp.
*_Panelists_: Col. Brian Cullis, U.S. Air Force, Executive Manager, Defense Installation, Spatial Data Infrastructure, Office of the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Installation and Environment
Mr. Kevin M. O’Connell, Vice President, Intelligence Community Programs, Defense Group, Inc.
Ms. Barbara Ryan, Associate Director for Geography, U.S. Geological Survey
Ms. Michele Weslander, Deputy Technical Executive, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

This panel discussed maintaining the advantage over our global adversaries through convergence of technology and talent. Specifically, the GEOINT community needs to ADAPT (Assess, Discuss, Analyze, Produce, and Tell) with more reliability and with greater speed. Furthermore, the community needs to support the warfighters, first responders, and national decision makers through the Intelligence Preparation of the Environment (IPE) by investing in advanced processes, convergence of architecture, and human capital.

GEOINT Technologies and Future Opportunities for the National Security Community

*_Moderator_: Dr. W. Art Decker, Director, Acquisition Directorate (A), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
*_Panelists_: Mr. Mark Reichardt, President, Open Geospatial Consortium
Mr. William “Buzz” Roberts, Director, Engineering Division, Office of the Chief Architect, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Mr. Lee R. Schwartz, Deputy Geographer, U.S. Department of State and Director, Office of the Geographer and Global Issues, State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research
Mr. Carl Steukerjergen, Chief, Geospatial Analysis Center, Office of Transnational Issues, Central Intelligence Agency (
Dr. Christopher K. Tucker, President and Chief Executive Officer, IONIC Enterprise

These panelists provided their thoughts on the 3-day scenario demonstrated at the conference. The panel examined the data, sources and INTs utilized; the technologies demonstrated during the scenario, and their implications for the geospatial intelligence community. Panelists considered interoperability innovations achieved across the various vendor technologies, as well as shortfalls observed in the handling of the scenario. Innovations and shortfalls will be considered vis-à-vis both existing practice and NGA’s ultimate vision of convergence.

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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