National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

April 19, 2017

Boundless, New York, has announced that it has been awarded a $36 million contract by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the primary source of geospatial intelligence for the U.S. Department of Defense and the intelligence community. The new contract supports NGA geospatial intelligence services and purchases services required to package, deliver, maintain and patch accredited open source geospatial software packages.

 

September 1, 2016
By George I. Seffers
The NGA finds itself being out-innovated by industry and academia. For inspiration, the agency’s new research director looks to a 1700s clockmaker who changed the world.

Geospatial intelligence technology rapidly is advancing and in some ways leaving behind the U.S. Defense Department and intelligence community. Looking to stay on the cutting edge, the nation’s premier geospatial intelligence agency is reorganizing its research and development arm to focus more on long-term research and developing closer ties to other agencies, the private sector and academia.

September 15, 2016

Maj. Gen. Linda R. Urrutia-Varhall, USAF, has been assigned as director, operations and military deputy, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Springfield, Virginia.

September 2, 2015

Capt. Hugh W. Howard III, USN, has been selected for promotion to rear admiral and will be assigned as director of operations and military deputy, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Springfield, Virginia. 

April 1, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
This Web-based NGA map of a portion of Sierra Leone includes data compiled for the fight against Ebola. The agency expects to be providing geospatial intelligence for many more nontraditional missions in the foreseeable future.

Geospatial intelligence is moving into the fourth dimension as temporal factors weigh heavily in future capabilities. The agency tasked with generating geospatial intelligence will be relying significantly on new commercial satellites that will increase the richness of the intelligence it provides its customers.

This development cannot come at a more opportune moment. Geospatial intelligence increasingly is being called on to support nontraditional missions in new and unusual areas of focus. Even its traditional support of conventional geopolitical and military activities is being extended to include new adversaries in new hot spots around the globe.

December 12, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) became the first intelligence agency to host an operational capability within Amazon Web Services’ Commercial Cloud Services (C2S) environment after Lockheed Martin deployed NGA’s interactive Map of the World to C2S. With the Map of the World viewer, which could be compared to Google Maps or similar applications, now resting in the cloud, NGA officials intend to add more data and capabilities.

July 17, 2014

Robert Cardillo has been named director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Springfield, Virginia.     

July 5, 2013
By Max Cacas

There’s nothing new about the idea of continuous monitoring in information technology systems. But the ever-growing and changing cyber threat landscape explains new mandates that it become an integral part of all new federal IT systems, according to Lance Dubsky, chief information security officer with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).

January 24, 2013
George I. Seffers

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) reissued contract HM0176-11-C-0002, for administrative reasons, and exercised option year 2011 simultaneously under reissued contract HM0176-13-C-N002 to NJVC LLC, Chantilly, Va. The Information Technology/Information Services (IT/IS) contract provides the NGA IT Enterprise Operations and Sustainment (O&S) support to NGA IT systems at approximately 170 sites (90 manned/80 unmanned) around the world. The award consists of cost-plus-award-fee (CPAF) and firm-fixed-price (FFP) support. The total CPAF value is $379,945,641; the FFP value is $11,632,110. The period of performance for option year 2011 is Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2013.

July 2, 2012
By George Seffers

GeoEye Incorporated, Herndon, Virginia, a leading source of geospatial information and insight, announced the receipt of a $111 million cost-share payment from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). In early June, the company successfully passed a major milestone in their GeoEye-2 satellite's development as part of the NGA's EnhancedView program, triggering this cost-share payment. When operational in 2013, GeoEye-2 will collect at 34-centimeter resolution imagery and will provide cost-effective, shareable imagery for the U.S. government and other customers.

January 30, 2012
By George Seffers

NJVC LLC, Vienna, Virginia, is being awarded a $33,929,209 contract modification for the creation of a standard West Managed Service Provider offering and provisioning process by designing, installing, and maintaining the infrastructure needed to support remodeled and new facilities spaces within the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency West and other locations. The information technology/information services contract provides the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency information technology enterprise operations and sustainment support to NGA information technology systems at approximately 170 sites (90 manned, 80 unmanned) around the world.

October 17, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

The eyes may have it, but the brain takes it to another level in a new technology being developed by researchers for the U.S. Defense Department. Imagery is viewed by the human eye, and the breakthrough advance uses neurotechnology to narrow that data into smaller, more concentrated images for further interpretation. In his article, "Brainwaves Boost Intelligence," in this issue of SIGNAL Magazine, George I. Seffers looks at the Neurotechnology for Intelligence Analysts (NIA) program.

January 19, 2011
By Henry Kenyon

The National Geospatial-lntelligence Agency (NGA) welcomed its first wave of employees at its new facility located at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, on Tuesday. Approximately 300 personnel reported to work at NGA Campus East, the first of 38 groups that will make the move to the eight-story building between now and September 15, 2011, the day of the official ribbon-cutting ceremony.

September 22, 2010
By George Seffers

Autometric Incorporated, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems Division, Springfield, Virginia, was recently awarded an $8 million contract for data production of high-resolution terrain elevation for bare earth and reflective surfaces. National Geospatial & Intelligence Agency, St. Louis, Missouri, is the contracting activity.

September 7, 2010
By George Seffers

BAE Systems National Security Solutions Incorporated, San Diego, California, was awarded an $11 million contract for Global Geospatial Intelligence data products in support of National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the contracting activity.

August 9, 2010
By George Seffers

Science Application International Corp., Chantilly, Virginia, recently received a $5 million contract for the Global Geospatial Intelligence data products in support of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency St. Louis, Missouri, is the contracting activity.