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Excellent article. I would like to offer one small clarification.

The Shiprider deployments didn't begin in 2015. It would be more accurate to say the program was reinvigorated at that time. There have been NPIC, NIMA, and now NGA Imagery and Geospatial analysts aboard ships for decades. I personally was a shiprider on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the 1990s.

Again, great article and thanks very much for raising awareness of the importance of GEOINT to the Navy.