Robert Cardillo: GEOINT, Satellite Market Expansion Help Promote Transparency, Innovation

Robert Cardillo
Robert Cardillo

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo has said the expansion of the geospatial intelligence and satellite market in the past three decades has resulted in a “global transparency” that he believes could help spur innovation.

Cardillo, an inductee into Executive Mosaic‘s Wash100 list for 2015, made the remarks during a panel discussion at the “Ethos and Profession of Intelligence” conference hosted Tuesday by CIA and George Washington University, NGA reported Wednesday.

“I just think now there are more players whether they are academic or industrial or research and development in the space that we used to occupy by ourselves,” Cardillo said.

“I think that creates an opportunity for innovation and conversation and mutual benefit in a way that it never could before.”

He also discussed how NGA provided unclassified support during the Nepal earthquake in April and the 2014 Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Cardillo appeared with panelists Douglas Wise, Defense Intelligence Agency deputy director; Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command chief; and CIA Director John Brennan during the discussion moderated by Gwen Ifill, managing editor of Washington Week and PBS NewsHour.

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