National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

September 1, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is working to use traditional tools, such as geographic information systems, in new ways to provide geospatial intelligence to the Defense Department and the intelligence community.  Shutterstock/Ammit Jack

Threats to the United States from across the world are more frequent and persistent, from nation-state actors to terrorists to rogue players. As a result, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, a combat support agency that provides key imagery, intelligence and geospatial information to the Defense Department and to the intelligence community, has had to change some aspects of its tradecraft, says Susan Kalweit, director of analysis at the agency known as the NGA.

July 2, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has selected 10 innovative projects to help the agency measure the Earth’s magnetic field as part of its MagQuest competition. Credit: Shutterstock/Andrey VP

Magnetometer locations ranging from on the bottom of the sea to orbiting in space constitute the first round winners of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's (NGA's) MagQuest open innovation challenge. Designed to generate novel ways of measuring Earth’s magnetic field, MagQuest is offering prizes totaling $1.2 million for novel geomagnetic data collection methodologies.

July 2, 2019
 

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Springfield, Virginia, has named Stacey Dixon the eighth deputy director.

April 2, 2019
 

Mark Munsell has been appointed chief technology officer of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Springfield, Virginia.

April 2, 2019
 

Vice Adm. Robert Sharp, USN, has been confirmed as director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Springfield, Virginia.

March 21, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has launched MagQuest, a $1.2 million global open innovation challenge, seeking advanced approaches to geomagnetic data collection. Credit: Shutterstock/Siberian Art

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, headquartered in Springfield, Virginia, today announced the launch of MagQuest, its $1.2 million global open innovation challenge, seeking advanced approaches to geomagnetic data collection.

March 20, 2019
 

McCarthy HITT – Next NGA West JV, St. Louis, Missouri, was awarded a $711,651,970 firm-fixed-price contract for construction of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s new facility. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri, with an estimated completion date of April 24, 2023. Fiscal 2018 and 2019 military construction funds in the amount of $407,965,869 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City, Missouri, is the contracting activity (W912DQ-19-C-7001).

January 23, 2019
 

Maj. Gen. Charles Cleveland, USA, has been appointed director of operations and military deputy, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Springfield, MD.

September 12, 2017
 

David Bray will lead the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s new Office of Ventures and Innovation.

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.

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