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USGIF Recognizes The Honorable Susan M. Gordon with the 2020 Lundahl-Finnie Lifetime Achievement Award

July 8, 2020

USGIF announced The Honorable Susan M. Gordon as the 2020 recipient of the Foundation’s Arthur C. Lundahl-Thomas C. Finnie Lifetime Achievement Award. Gordon is the 16th individual to win this prestigious award. She was recognized as part of USGIF’s virtual GEOConnect Series Main Stage event.

“I am honored beyond measure and humbled beyond words, to receive the Lundahl-Finnie Lifetime Achievement Award. My thanks go to the board of USGIF [who] thought I might be worthy of the legacy of the visionary leaders who inspired the award, the icons with whom I get to share the recognition, and the women and men of geospatial intelligence whose craft contribution and commitment have kept America and her allies and interest safe for generations,” said Gordon. “I will treasure this award and moment forever.”

The Lundahl-Finnie award recipient is nominated and voted upon annually by USGIF’s Board of Directors.

To learn more about the Lundahl-Finnie Lifetime Achievement Award and its past recipients, visit

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The GEOConnect Series Needs YOU!

July 1, 2020

Every week, since the kickoff event on April 22, the highly-attended USGIF GEOConnect Series has been releasing Training sessions and Lightning Talks to educate, inspire, inform, and grow the GEOINT tradecraft.

As a USGIF Member you have a unique chance to get involved! If you’re interested in conducting a Lightning Talk or Training, contact our VP of Academic Affairs & Professional Development, Dr. Camelia Kantor.

Help your colleagues accomplish their professional development goals by providing relevant training designed to help develop the skills needed to succeed in today and tomorrow’s challenging work environment. Live trainings are also recorded.

If your Lighting Talk or Training is accepted, you’ll join other prestigious organizations like Hexagon US Federal, Ursa Space Systems, Modus Operandi, GitLab National Security Group, and so many more in the USGIF GEOConnect Series.

Don’t wait, apply today!

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Join Sue Gordon on Mentoring the Next Generation July 8

July 1, 2020

On Wednesday, July 8, join USGIF, The Honorable Susan M. Gordon, and this year’s USGIF Golden Ticket winners as we gather on the GEOConnect Series Main Stage for Fueling the Next Generation: A Conversation with Sue Gordon and the 2020 Golden Ticket Winners.

From 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT, we will celebrate The Honorable Susan M. Gordon and her many contributions to the intelligence community as she engages in a real-time mentoring discussion with the 2020 GEOINT Symposium Golden Ticket Winners.

And don’t miss your opportunity to send a personalized note to Sue by signing the virtual guest book.

Register now for this exciting event!

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GeoFutures: A Path to Becoming the Global GEOINT Hub - July 1

June 26, 2020

On July 1, from 1-2 pm EDT, join USGIF’s GEOConnect Series and leaders of the GEOINT community to discuss the GeoFuture of the St. Louis region.

Members of the GeoFutures Initiative team, along with esteemed community colleagues, will discuss how the strategic plan was derived, the findings, and the next steps. Hear from USGIF’s St. Louis Area Working Group, InvestSTL, Maxar, CEdge Software Consultants, and the St. Louis Development Corporation.

Register now and join us on Wednesday!

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USGIF Announces 11 New Board Members For 2020-2021

June 24, 2020

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation is pleased to announce 11 new members to its Board of Directors and the election of a new interim chairman.

The newly elected board members are Patrick Acheson, Nate Copeland, Todd Bacastow, Armando Drain, Robert Cardillo, Dan Jablonsky, Mary Legere, John Serafini, Carey Smith, Vicki Schmanske, and Isaac Zaworski. Roger Mason, who previously served on the Board of Directors, will serve as the interim chairman of the board until the Board elects a new chairman.

Read the full press release to find out more about the newest elected board members!

View all USGIF Board of Directors.

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CGP-E™ Exam is Going Digital

June 24, 2020

USGIF has made the Certified GEOINT Professional – Essentials (CGP-E™) exam available for remote testing starting July 2020.

If you’re new to the world of GEOINT or are a recent graduate and haven’t gotten your certification yet, this is the perfect opportunity for you. The CGP-E™ assesses foundational knowledge of the four major competencies in the Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Essential Body of Knowledge.

The exam is intended for students graduating from USGIF accredited academic programs and new professionals to the GEOINT field.

If you’re interested in taking the CGP-E™ assessment online, go to the USGIF store, pay the exam fee, and then email the receipt to

Registrations for August testing will be accepted through July 26.

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NGA’s Tech Focus Area on Data Management June 24

June 22, 2020

On Wednesday, June 24, from 1–2 pm EDT, join USGIF and NGA for the next GEOConnect Series Main Stage event looking at NGA’s Data Management tech focus area.

The rapid advancement of technology and the increasing density of interconnected devices and sensors has led to an explosion of geospatial data from sources with diverse organizational schemas and security requirements.

We’ll discuss NGA’s evolving digital geospatial business model with a panel of leaders from the agency.

Space is limited, so register now!

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YPG Virtual Third Thursday June 18

June 18, 2020

It’s back! Join the USGIF Young Professionals Group (YPG) for this month’s Third Thursday networking and professional development event June 18, at 5:30pm EDT – virtual edition!

This event will feature a series of lightning talks on diverse GEOINT topics presented by members and friends of the YPG. See the list of topics and speakers now.

Join this virtual YPG by emailing

We look forward to seeing you at this lively, informative, and quarantine friendly virtual YPG Third Thursday!

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GEOINT From My Basement June 17

June 15, 2020

Geospatial intelligence is everywhere and essential to decision-making in almost everything we do.

On Wednesday, June 17 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 pm EDT, join the GEOConnect Series Main Stage event: GEOINT From My Basement as USGIF and a panel of leaders from NGA, DIA, SANTÉ, and Orbital Insight to discuss the continually maturing, evolving, and expanding of Geospatial Intelligence well beyond the national security sector, and well beyond government.

We’ll examine the increasing role of unclassified collection platforms and analytic capabilities to create decision advantage. We’d love for you to join us. Register now!

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Learn NGA’s 2020 Technology Strategy

June 8, 2020

On Wednesday, June 10 from 1-2 pm EDT, NGA is once again taking the USGIF GEOConnect Series Main Stage and you’re not going to want to miss it.

Driving future mission requires that technologists are leading the GEOINT mission, not trying to catch up to it. So, in this session, we’ll examine the ‘how’ NGA plans to accomplish mission with future technology.

The GEOConnect Series Main Stage has been wildly popular with the GEOINT Community and this panel discussion is set to be one of the highlights of 2020. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to ask questions and be a part of the discussion. Register now!

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