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Thursday, July 19, 2012

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) released its strategic plan for 2013-2017. NGA Director Letitia Long states the following in the executive overview:

The NGA Strategy establishes the strategic goals and objectives that will guide our efforts to fulfill NGA’s Mission and Vision and, in so doing, ensure that NGA continues to lead the Community in providing timely, relevant, and accurate geospatial intelligence in support of national security. This strategy is flexible by design and permits us to respond to ever-changing challenges, chief among them Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD[I]) priorities in the areas of counterterrorism, counterproliferation, cyber, and global coverage. We must also ensure GEOINT’s contribution is integrated into the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) sponsored Unified Intelligence Strategies (UIS), and that GEOINT matures as a key factor in achieving “intelligence integration,” a key DNI objective for the IC.

Ms. Long continues:

In the wake of the death of Usama bin Laden, the advent of the Arab Spring, and the “pivot” to focus on the Asia–Pacific region, we must prepare NGA for future national security challenges in an era of fiscal austerity. NGA and GEOINT are key enablers of our national security interests, actions, and decisions around the globe.

The document appears more to be one for NGA customers, such as the DoD and other agencies, rather than one that indentifies the needs of the agency to carry out its mission. Missing, for example, are discussions about the commerical earth observation satellite fleet, EnhancedView contract, applications of unmanned aerial systems and domestic vs. international responsiblities. I'd like to know how the NGA is balancing "mission creep" since it is supporting more and more domestic activities for DHS and others. The report goes into detail about how it wants to expand its analytical capabilities and adhere to standards. It provides information about expanding its workforce and developing the tradecraft through educational programs. I found the report useful but limited. There's lots of information but it incorporates some marketing "spin" as well.

The full report (PDF) contains more information about the agency's vision, capabilities and workforce demands.

by Joe Francica on 07/19 at 02:53 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

As the week before the Esri User Conference progressed, I was surprised no one had commented on this year’s Q & A document (released Tuesday) and wondered why James Fee went out of his way to turn his post on the topic into satire. Then I spent an hour and skimming this year’s Q & A. Now I know why. 

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by Adena Schutzberg on 07/19 at 06:53 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Currently, a whopping 93% of the top million sites and 89% of the top 10,000 sites on the internet with maps are using Google maps or the Google maps API.

- Tnooz

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/19 at 05:22 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The latest publication of Bird's Eye includes 215 TB of new data that spans across the United States and features certain areas in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Tokyo. The total coverage of this publication is 230,004 square kilometers and consists of over 1.1 million files!


Israeli firm Ofek Arial will use aerial photography to monitor right of way and report on natural disasters in Nigeria. Nigerian officials are anxius for the firm to partner with in-country universities to build capacity and to use data from its newly launched satellite.

- All Africa

Google has added "Street View" imagery for Antarctica to Google's libraries.

- Google Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/19 at 04:11 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

With the volume of mail declining worldwide, the Royal Mail (the UK version of the USPS) is trailing new ways to make money. One is having carriers set aside their delivery duties and instead capture GPS data of front doors of homes and businesses.

The trial is in Essex, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, and the Royal Mail is making it clear no personal information or photos are being collected.

The "Pinpoint" project webpage offers a Q & A but doesn't really explain what will be done with the data. My sense is it will be sold.


by Adena Schutzberg on 07/19 at 03:19 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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