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USGIF Launches Third Annual EdGEOcation Giving Campaign

October 1, 2018

USGIF announces the launch of its third annual EdGEOcation Giving Campaign, with the goal to raise funding and awareness for the Foundation’s K-12 educational outreach program. USGIF aims to generate $15,000 in donations by Jan. 11.

USGIF launched its first giving campaign in 2016 and has since raised nearly $25,000 for its K-12 initiatives, which include:

• Awarding scholarships to high school students
• Providing science fair prize money for high school competitions
• Printing “Portable Planet,” an interactive 35-by-26-foot map of North America that is now available for educational use at schools and community events
• Sharing USGIF’s “Introduction to GEOINT” presentation with 1,300 students and counting
• Welcoming Tampa area students to the GEOINT 2018 Symposium for a variety of STEM activities and career exploration opportunities. See video!

Visit to learn more about the EdGEOcation Giving Campaign or to make a donation.

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USGIF Releases Report on Geospatial Intelligence & Community Resilience

September 21, 2018

USGIF recently released a new report titled Building Resilient Communities Through Geospatial Intelligence.

Resilient communities withstand and resist unfavorable change imposed by emergencies in a manner that minimizes loss and hastens an expedient and full recovery. This may be construed as encompassing the full life cycle of emergency management. Resilient communities must assess risk and plan for adverse events, take affirmative steps to mitigate threats, respond appropriately when the crisis is at hand, and efficiently deploy resources for recovery.

Geospatial intelligence has emerged as a uniquely valuable tool for disaster management, demonstrating tangible benefits toward enhancing capabilities and infrastructure in the advent of more frequent, increasingly catastrophic disasters. Geospatial intelligence technologies and applications are rapidly proliferating, becoming more readily available, strengthening overall resilience, and enabling the next generation of public safety professionals.

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USGIF to Host Series of Unique Geospatial Intelligence Events in St. Louis

September 13, 2018

USGIF will host a unique series of events Oct. 15-17 in St. Louis, Mo., highlighting the region’s vibrant and growing geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) community.

In the past decade, the St. Louis area has evolved into a hub of geospatial innovation. With the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) Next NGA West (N2W) campus in development and more industry partners making their mark in the city, GEOINT has catapulted forward, putting St. Louis on the map for geospatial excellence.

On Oct. 16, USGIF will host an unclassified Geospatial Gateway Forum at T-REX, featuring a keynote address and Q&A with NGA Director Robert Cardillo as well as an N2W update and panel discussions on commercial GEOINT, smart cities, and St. Louis-based innovation. A variety of speakers from industry, federal, and local government are scheduled to participate. The day will also include industry flash talks, student demos, and multiple networking opportunities.

On Oct. 17, the Foundation will hold a classified NGA Tech Showcase at the agency’s western campus in St. Louis. The agenda will include remarks by NGA West Executive Brett Markham as well as technology demonstrations, tours of the NGA Operations Center and museum, and networking breaks. Attendance Oct. 17 requires a TS//SI//TK/REL FVEY clearance, which must be passed no later than Oct. 10. Complete agenda and registration information for the Geospatial Gateway Forum and NGA Tech Showcase may be found here.

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Join USGIF for STEMulate St. Louis October 17

September 12, 2018

Join USGIF October 17th from 4:00-7:00PM for our STEMulate St. Louis event in Cook Hall at Saint Louis University! Come learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) from companies based in St. Louis. This FREE event will have activities for all ages to include giant maps, puzzles, 3D mapping, a thermal imaging camera, and a STEM Career Panel.

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Hear from NGA Director Robert Cardillo at Tech Showcase West

September 11, 2018

Experience the geospatial hub of the Midwest at Tech Showcase West, Oct. 16-17, in St. Louis!

Tech Showcase West is an annual two-day event offering the unique opportunity to see the innovative work happening in the St. Louis region. Join us for an unclassified day at the T-REX Technology Incubator on Oct. 16 and a classified day (TS//SI//TK//REL FVEY) at NGA Campus West on Oct. 17.


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GEOINTeraction Tuesday September 11

September 6, 2018

Join us for a discussion on Sharing Data & Services: How the Five Eyes See It.

Hear from:

  • Andy Francis, New Zealand GEOINT Liaison Officer Washington, New Zealand Defence Force
  • Gordon Muir, Senior Liaison Officer North America, Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO)
  • Kevin Ng, Lieutenant-Colonel, Canadian Army Senior Canadian Forces Intelligence Liaison Officer, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • Simon Wynn, Senior Liaison Officer United Kingdom, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

September’s edition of the event is sponsored by Vricon and will take place at their office in McLean, VA, 4:30-6:30 pm.

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USGIF Awards Highest Amount of Annual Scholarship Funds to Date

August 23, 2018

USGIF recently awarded $126,000 in scholarships to individuals studying GEOINT and related topics. This is the largest annual amount USGIF has distributed to date, thanks to the contributions of USGIF Organizational Members committed to investing in GEOINT education. Since the USGIF Scholarship Program began in 2004, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.2 million to students with aspirations in GEOINT.

“Scholarship winners were selected following a highly competitive, multi-tiered review of applications by GEOINT professionals who volunteered their time as part of USGIF’s Scholarship Subcommittee,” said USGIF Director of Academic Programs Dr. Camelia Kantor. “We were impressed with the quality of applications and very pleased to see the next generation of GEOINTers—from the high school to doctoral level—already tackling major world challenges not just by using state-of-the-art technology, but also by applying creativity, logic, attention to detail, innovation, and ethics.”

Find out the 2018 winners!

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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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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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