Tag Archives: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

NGA Adopts Bailment Agreements, Plans to Use More This Fiscal Year; Dave Gauthier Quoted

Dave Gauthier

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has adopted the use of bailment agreements to legally reduce the costs of satellite technology testing. Bailment agreements provide NGA temporary possession of commercial technology, allowing the agency to conduct tests on satellite systems without additional costs. Gauthier said the NGA wants to issue up to 20 bailment agreements in fiscal year 2021.

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Octo Consulting Awarded Spot On $12.6B DIA SITE III Contract; Mehul Sanghani Quoted

Mehul Sanghani

Octo Consulting announced on Tuesday it has been awarded a spot on the Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA’s) $12.6 billion Solutions for Information Technology Enterprise III (SITE III)  indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract. The contract will require Octo to provide modernization services of the DIA’s information technology (IT) infrastructure, systems as well as its applications. 

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Stacey Dixon: NGA Should Deliver at ‘Speed of Mission Need’

Stacey Dixon

Stacey Dixon, deputy director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said NGA needs to come up with faster platforms and services as the U.S. edge in GEOINT is being challenged. “We’re asking for your help to help us reimagine the geoint enterprise,” Dixon said Tuesday at the virtual NGA Industry Strategy Summit 2021.

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NGA Seeks New GEOINT Research Methods to Address Four Mission Imperatives

National Geospatial

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is seeking concepts to explore new technology in the areas of analytic workflow modernization, data access and integrity, accelerated tasking orchestration and assured positioning, navigation, timing and targeting. The agency launched its BIG-R BAA effort last year in a push to transform research contracting approaches for disruptive technology projects.

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Space Force Eyes Satellite Imaging for Beyond-Line-Of-Sight Targeting; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen. John Raymond

The U.S. Space Force is in the early stages of studying the use of imaging data from small tactical satellites to detect targets beyond line of sight. Gen. John Raymond, chief of space operations and 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said that the Space Force seeks to closely coordinate with intelligence sector partners to explore the use of tactical satellite imaging,

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Intelligence Community Stands up Council for Commercial Space Systems

Dave Gauthier

The U.S. intelligence community has established a new council to augment how commercial space systems deliver data for intelligence operations. The Commercial Space Council seeks to identify how to accelerate intelligence deliveries that rely on commercial satellites. David Gauthier said the council will work to increase IC's understanding of commercial technologies and advise on the community's policy and strategy.

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NGA’s Andy Brooks on Efforts to Deploy Cloud for Secure, Unclassified Data Access

Andy Brooks

Andy Brooks, chief data scientist at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), has said the agency was able to harness cloud to provide access to secure but unclassified data for its remote staff. Brooks told the publication that NGA modified its data-access strategy and launched an effort to balance data protection with value delivery for global users. 

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NGA Delivers Terrain Map for Antartica Elevation Model

National Geospatial

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) produced high-resolution images in support of an elevation model that represents the continent of Antarctica. NGA said Tuesday that it submitted an eight-meter terrain map that covers around 98 percent of the Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica. Each of the model's DEM strips are time-stamped to help users carry out topography data comparisons. 

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St. Louis-Based NGA Accelerator to Be Launched in March 2021

National Geospatial

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) announced on Monday that a new tech accelerator is being launched to help commercial startups develop new geospatial technologies in St. Louis, Missouri. Eight companies will be selected to participate during the NGA Accelerator’s inaugural 13-week program that is set to launch next year in late-March 2021. 

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Scot Currie: NGA Explores Commercial RF Data Integration With Agency’s Analytics Platforms

National Geospatial

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is examining the potential of analytics technology with commercial radio frequency data to support GEOINT applications as part of a pilot program that commenced in September 2020. The agency noted it wants to know the use of such information in mapping activity associated with radar imaging satellites and electro-optical sensors.

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