The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the National Reconnaissance Office have created a joint activity to help both agencies identify and access emerging commercial geospatial intelligence tools.
NGA said Friday the Commercial GEOINT Activity is scheduled to begin operations by Sept. 30 and will work to develop strategies to integrate platforms that NGA and NRO can use.
“The CGA will shape how we interact with the commercial GEOINT industry and enable us to more efficiently and effectively explore alternatives to traditional collection and analysis,” said Robert Cardillo, NGA director.
NRO Director Betty Sapp noted that CGA offers “a great opportunity for us to provide a coordinated voice and integrated approach to our industry partners.”
The new group will conduct assessments, recommend investment decisions and engage user communities as well as advise NRO and NGA on joint acquisition activities for vendors that can provide data collection and analytic platforms.