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IT Initiative Seen Facing Challenges

While progress is being made, the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise (IC ITE) initiative faces a host of challenges as it presses toward the goal of a unified computing infrastructure for the IC by 2018, according to a panel of former federal officials who played key roles in its initial stages.

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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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On the Ground with GIS

The experiences of more than a decade of ground operations have shaped and changed the geographic information system software used most often by the Department of Defense, as well as the ways in which military forces use GIS for intelligence and command and control.

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Plugging into Intel

Standards developed within the framework of the Defense Intelligence Information Enterprise (DI2E) are facilitating interoperability and information sharing among key defense intelligence activities such as the Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS), according to participants at a recent government/industry demonstration.

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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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Intelligence is “The First Line of Defense”

As threats to national security continue to evolve, the technologies and capabilities of the U.S. intelligence community are changing along with them, said Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael G. Vickers yesterday. Speaking at a Military Strategy Forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Vickers emphasized that the nation faces “highly asymmetric challenges,” such as counterterrorism and cybersecurity, and the role of the intelligence community is a vital one for success.

“One of the themes I’d like to leave you with is the tremendous change that’s taken place in our intelligence capabilities over the past decade, and the even greater change that we foresee looking forward,” Vickers began. Advances such as precision targeting, persistent ISR, and increased integration have all had a major impact on intelligence operations, he said, and will continue to be focus areas in the future.

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Intelligence Bridge

As the intelligence community and Department of Defense move forward on the massive tasks of restructuring their information infrastructures, the existing Defense Intelligence Information Enterprise (DI2E) will play a vital role as bridge and intermediary, according to participants at a panel at the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s GEOINT 2013* Symposium this spring.

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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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Predictive Geo-Analytics

Predictive analytics has emerged as an important capability for geospatial intelligence analysts. Scrutinizing events to uncover patterns related to a location makes it possible to anticipate where similar events are most likely to occur in the future, directing analysts, law enforcers and warfighters to focus on those areas.

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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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