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Robert Cardillo: NGA Wants Further Industry Engagement in Agency’s GEOINT Initiatives

Robert-CardilloRobert Cardillo, director at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, highlighted potential areas for collaboration between the agency and industry during a speech Wednesday at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance leadership dinner.

He said at the event that GEOINT organizations should cooperate to democratize geospatial information, deliver more anticipatory intelligence, and boost data security through identity and access management.

NGA debuted an online portal known as the Geospatial Solutions Marketplace to allow professionals to share their technological ideas with the agency, according to Cardillo.

He added the organization aims to take an active role to maintain public confidence in the intelligence community’s efforts to safeguard privacy and security.

“With our new focus on consequence and NGA’s great legacy of public service, I have been encouraging NGA to become even more transparent,” he said in his speech.

He also credited the agency for its work to provide digital access to Ebola-related unclassified information, encourage development of geospatial applications through open sourcing and crowdsourcing programs.

“We do all this and much more not just to protect the nation, but to directly support the well-being of the lives of people around the world and to help give birth to revolutionary technologies,” Cardillo added.

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