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New Era for Aerial Sensing

After providing huge operational benefits to warfighters and transforming ISR technology in the skies over Iraq and Afghanistan, unmanned aerial systems (UASs) equipped for overhead imaging and other sensing are poised to bring major changes to the domestic GEOINT field.

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Open Source Goes Multi-Int

The unrest that swept the Middle East in the Arab Spring of 2011 not only caught the U.S. national security community by surprise, but also brought home in a dramatic way to intelligence analysts that they needed to expand their traditional sources of information by incorporating social media and other open source material into the overall intelligence picture.

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Innovation will Drive Growth for Defense Geospatial Market

As the geospatial intelligence domain continues to grow in capability and prominence, strategic technological innovation will be the main market driver for the Department of Defense, according to a recent market analysis released by Frost & Sullivan. Authored by Senior Industry Analyst John Hernandez and Research Director Wayne Plucker, the research into the U.S. defense geospatial market finds that strong demand for deeper situational awareness and information integration will boost DoD spending on geospatial products, services and research in the coming years, reaching an estimated $2.43 billion in 2018.

Of that projected spending, the largest piece, approximately $900 million, is predicted to be allotted to engineering and integration initiatives, such as the possibility of multi-fused geospatial products that could enhance the common operating picture for military and civilian units and could also provide a foundation for modeling and simulation training programs. DoD will also aim to expand its abilities to collect and process terrain data, and develop mission applications that integrate data from various sources.

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NGA Envisions Future State

The NGA Future State Vision (FSV) describes where NGA will be in 2018 based on the mission, vision and objectives identified in the NGA Strategy. It is aligned with DoD and DNI priorities described in the national security, military, and intelligence strategies and in “DoD Priorities for the 21st Century.”

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GEOINT Power for Homeland Security

In the decade since its creation by the 2004 Intelligence Reform Act, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Geospatial Management Office (GMO) has played a critical role in bringing the power of geospatial intelligence to homeland security operations to protect and secure the nation against all hazards and all threats.

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Here Come the Small Satellites

More than 60 years into the space age, the world has gotten a lot smaller. Now it appears that satellites, the workhorses of space travel and Earth observation, will be getting dramatically smaller as well, and in the process provide a number of new capabilities with significant potential for military, intelligence and other uses.

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Long Paints Compelling Intelligence Picture

At a conference stacked with high-profile keynote speakers, informative break-out sessions, and an exhibit hall full of innovative industry experts, attendees at the GEOINT 2013* Symposium have had their choice of attractions and activities to fill their time. One highlight, however, was the keynote speech on Tuesday morning by National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Letitia A. Long, addressing the importance of immersive intelligence and the future of geospatial data analysis.

“NGA is at a decisive moment in our history. NGA is driving intelligence integration, and NGA is leading the way from integration to the next phase of intelligence,” she began. Over the past several years, NGA has worked tirelessly to pursue its goals of intelligence integration, putting GEOINT in the hands of user, providing online, on-demand access to GEOINT, and broadening their analytic expertise. “Today I can say without any doubt, we are achieving our goals. We have crossed the tipping point in realizing our vision.”

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More Meaning from Every Pixel

While the Hadoop open source distributed file system is becoming an increasingly important tool for crunching big data for intelligence analysis, it is not inherently well equipped to handle geospatial data. As a result, companies in the field are moving on several fronts to develop and market environments, appliances and tools specifically designed to handle problems of geospatial intelligence within Hadoop.

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Game on for GEOINT

Technology advances are bringing the worlds of geospatial intelligence/GIS and electronic gaming closer, and opening new vistas for both. The benefits of this synergy may be most obvious to players of the widely popular games, which increasingly are being grounded in real locations with the help of detailed geographic data. But what may be less well known are the potential advantages that new gaming technologies can bring to location-based training and intelligence analysis.

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Polar Intelligence

As the Arctic region, with its diminishing icepack and resulting increase in maritime and other human activity, becomes a more important part of the strategic picture of the United States and other nations, geospatial technology is playing a vital role in improving knowledge of its forbidding sea- and landscapes. President Obama last year issued a national policy articulating the linkage between events in the Arctic and enduring U.S. national interests, and the Department of Defense followed up with a policy statement addressing “potential changes in the future security environment due to the increased access and activity in the region.”

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