National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

September 14, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Dave Gauthier, director, Commercial Space and Business Operations, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, participates in a panel at the Intelligence and National Security Summit. Photo by Herman Farrer

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, in seeking to harness innovation and aid its workforce in the development of intelligence, is allowing its analysts for the first time to use commercial solutions as primary sources, reported Dave Gauthier, director, Commercial Space and Business Operations, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).

Gauthier spoke during an afternoon panel at AFCEA International and INSA’s 2021 Intelligence and National Security Summit in National Harbor, Maryland, on September 14.

September 14, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Panelists discuss strategic intelligence at the 2021 Intelligence and National Security Summit. Photo by Herman Farrer

The terrorism threat to the United States from international sources as well as domestic actors is evolving, officials say. On the international side, with the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, the fall of the Afghan government and the Taliban takeover of that country last month, intelligence leaders fully expect Al-Qaeda to gain strength and capabilities in Afghanistan to be able to threaten the United States in the next one-to-two years.

“The current assessment, conservatively, is one-to-two years for Al Qaeda to build some capability to threaten the United States,” said Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier, USA, director, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).

September 1, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Vice Adm. Robert Sharp, USN (r), director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and Gallaudet University President Roberta Cordano sign an education partnership agreement in May to increase research, engagement and recruiting opportunities in STEM. The agency’s research directorate is expanding its partnerships with academia, the private sector and other government agencies to leverage innovation. NGA

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's Research Directorate is increasingly leveraging U.S. industry solutions to fill any gaps in the agency’s capabilities. The directorate is employing a robust array of contracting, partnership measures, infrastructure development and research vehicles to harness emerging technologies and capture innovation in advanced analytics and modeling; data management; modern software engineering; artificial intelligence; and improved workflow processes.

July 27, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s new Moonshot Labs facility is a key component in growing greater cooperation between the private sector and government, and leveraging the competitive advantages that combination will bring, according to Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Avril Haines, who was on-hand for the facility’s July 23 opening.

On July 23, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency officially opened its first unclassified innovation center, Moonshot Laboratories. Located within the facilities of T-REX, a nonprofit innovation and entrepreneur development center in St. Louis, Moonshot Labs aims to attract entrepreneurs and venture capitalists investing in geospatial-intelligence, or GEOINT, technologies. By locating such a facility outside of NGA’s classified infrastructure, it makes it easier for academia, nontraditional and traditional GEOINT companies to participate in technology and software development.

February 24, 2021
By George I. Seffers
U.S. intelligence community personnel may be more vulnerable while telecommuting during the pandemic, but so are U.S. adversaries, experts point out. Credit: enzozo/Shutterstock

Like the rest of the world, the U.S. intelligence community has been forced to telework during the COVID-19 pandemic, which offers opportunities, but then again, U.S. adversaries are working from home as well, which may offer opportunities, intelligence experts pointed out during a February 23 AFCEA Intelligence Committee webinar.

The online event included Melissa Planert, director, Tradecraft and Technology Group, Analysis Directorate, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and Reid D, an innovator in secure government in the United Kingdom who did not want to be fully identified.

December 16, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s new pilot program to assess how radio frequency geospatial data and analytical solutions from the commercial sector is looking promising, the agency says. So far it is trying out HawkEye 360 LLC's global spectrum sensing platform to identify and map radio frequency emitters. Credit: HawkEye 360

So far, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s (NGA's) pilot to assess how radio frequency (RF) geospatial data and analytical solutions from the commercial sector could support the agency’s mission is going well, according to the Springfield, Virginia-based intelligence arm. The so-called Predictive GEOINT Prototype supports an agile development approach, the  NGA said.

Although the program is limited in scope, the NGA is already initially benefiting from the RF data coming from HawkEye 360 LLC that is being delivered to analysts at the NGA and the U.S. combatant commands. The company’s data and analytics are meant to augment the agency’s existing geospatial intelligence activities.

October 14, 2020
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Photo Courtesy of NOAA NCEI

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency announced the final results of MagQuest, a $2.1 million competition to advance how we measure Earth’s magnetic field.

Over 18 months, the challenge accelerated novel data collection methodologies for the World Magnetic Model (WMM). The first place winner Iota Technology will be awarded $350,000 and two second place winners — Spire Global and SB Quantum, and University of Colorado Boulder — will receive $225,000 each. Runners-up Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium and Stellar Solutions will each receive $50,000.

April 30, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (c) visits the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Springfield, Virginia, in 2017. The agency just released its technology needs, including advanced software and data-related solutions. Credit: DOD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Amber Smith

To harness the technological revolution in the face of rising adversarial competition, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency issued its first report in 2019 publicly outlining areas of focus for capability adoption. This year, the agency, known as the NGA, issued a strategy as well as identifying focus areas. The NGA is looking for technologies from the commercial sector to support joint warfighters in an era of great power competition in advanced analytics and modeling; data management; modern software engineering; artificial intelligence; and future of work. The agency also emphasized not only improving the U.S.’s competitive stance “in all realms,” but also supporting allied advancements.

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.

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.