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NGA Director Robert Cardillo Outlines New Strategy at GEOINT 2015

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NGA Director Robert Cardillo outlined a new strategy and new methods of accomplishing it at GEOINT 2015 in Washington on Tuesday.  The key here is “new.” “For decades intelligence was like a regulated currency,” Cardillo told an audience of 5,000 in the Walter Washington Convention Center. “We guarded it jealously. We controlled it tightly.” That currency, he added, referring to …

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Is Government Ready for the Internet of Things?

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The vision behind the “Internet of Things” is highly compelling. One day everything – from home appliances to door locks – could be controlled by an IP address. According to Gartner, the “Internet of Things” will grow to 26 billion units installed in 2020, representing an almost 30-fold increase from 2009. In addition, Cisco Systems predicts that the “Internet of …

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DI2E Plugfest 2015: Helping to Combat the Data Explosion in the Open Seas

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With the U.S. Navy dealing in challenging environments such as open oceans for effectively supporting mission efforts, the right data needs to be accessed and leveraged at all times. In addition, the Navy is dealing with a data tipping point where today’s “data explosion” is only become more challenging – as sensors and other data sources continue to proliferate. At …

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DI2E Plugfest 2015: What it Means for the Warfighter

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With the reemergence of global jihadist threats, the rise of China, and constant cyber attacks, the world is in a perpetual state of volatility. Dealing with these threats and challenges requires a coalition of many and a fully activated warfighter. This was the key theme of the second morning DI2E Plugfest 2015 keynote by Thomas E. Matthews, Director, Combatant Command …

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DI2E Plugfest 2015: The Framework for the Future

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Our military and national security capabilities are continually challenged by declines in federal and defense spending, an expanded threat landscape, and an increased need for ISR. However, all the challenges also create opportunities for industry and government to partner and enhance overall capabilities of the DI2E, which is the Department of Defense’s (DoD) enterprise architecture for the Intelligence Mission Area. …

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Can Government Meet the Silicon Valley Challenge?

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There appears to be varying angles at play when it comes to the federal government taking a page from Silicon Valley. On one-hand, we are seeing the Obama Administration making IT leadership appointments with key technology talent from the west coast. This includes naming Google’s Megan Smith as the new U.S. Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Skype, PayPal, eBay, and …

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Cardillo: A Seismic GEOINT Shift on the Horizon

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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Director Robert Cardillo recently spoke at the National Space Symposium, where he discussed the “seismic shift” happening in the GEOINT community. The main driver behind the shift is the rapidly evolving threat environment, which has created an enhanced need to better leverage industry support and exploit open data sources. “We have both a challenge and a …

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Private Sector Leader to Take Over IT at Veterans Affairs

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From bringing on Google’s Megan Smith as the new U.S. Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to creating the new Chief Data Scientist position, filled by a Skype, PayPal, eBay, and LinkedIn veteran, the Obama administration has been taking a proactive approach towards tapping the private sector for key information technology positions. Along these same lines, it was recently announced that former …

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What’s “Hot” and “Not” for GEOINT in 2015?

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Earlier this month, the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) published its first State of GEOINT Report, which provided insights into key trends that will shape the GEOINT community in the near future. USGIF developed the report by tapping into members of academia, U.S. government, as well as large and small businesses on what’s “hot,” “not,” and “on the horizon.” …

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A Vision for GEOINT Innovation

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Innovation plays a critical role in helping the GEOINT community create better information and insights for decision-makers. However, as innovation is complex, often fast moving, and at times challenging to gain adoption – the community can benefit from a dedicated group of individuals/platform who support exploration and discussion of future concepts to create pathways for emerging commercial technologies that are …

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