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Robert Cardillo: NGA Must Advance Commercial GEOINT Platforms Amid Paris Attacks

Robert Cardillo
Robert Cardillo

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo has said NGA should look to market commercial GEOINT platforms amid the Islamic State group-staged attacks in Paris Friday, FCW reported Monday.

Cardillo told reporters at the two-day Small Satellite Workshop in Virginia that the terrorist attacks on France’s capital has driven NGA to identify new approaches on how to beef up its collaboration with French intelligence officers, Sean Lyngaas writes.

“Clearly, [the] adversary has gone and is going to school against our capabilities,” said Cardillo, according to the report.

He also cited that NGA will work to establish connections with commercial satellites in order to take advantage of its data streams as part of the commercial GEOINT strategy the agency launched in October.

“My gut tells me there’ll be very little acquiring” of small satellites,” Cardillo said at the event.

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