Agenda

Thursday, October 5, 2017

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST


8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
WELCOME

Mr. Ray Cross
Vice President for Intelligence
AFCEA International
VADM Jake Jacoby, USN (Ret.)
Chair 
AFCEA Intelligence Committee

8:30 a.m. – 8:35 a.m.
WELCOMING REMARKS

Director Robert Cardillo
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

8:35 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
OPERATIONS BRIEF

Director Cardillo has invited NGA Industry Day participants to attend the daily operations briefing.  This classified meeting anchors NGA’s battle rhythm and provides the agency’s leadership with awareness and insight into NGA’s operations and activities to inform short- and long-term decision-making.  This opportunity is characteristic of NGA’s vanguard outreach to industry partners.


9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
SHAPING THE FUTURE GEOINT ENVIROMENT

NGA Deputy Director Justin Poole will discuss how NGA is shaping the GEOINT environment, and how the agency is evolving to deal with current and future threats.  The Deputy Director will enjoin industry to participate in the agency’s efforts to maximize the potential of increasing volumes of diverse data sources in its quest to meet more complex adversaries and threats.
Mr. Justin Poole
Deputy Director
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency  
Focus Questions:
  • What are NGA’s major investment areas in the near and more distant future?
  • What are the greatest challenges that NGA would like industry assistance with?
  • How are efforts to modernize NGA acquisition facilitating the agency’s ability to address future threats, and what remains to be done?
  • How has ICITE affected the agency and the IC’s ability to maximize the potential of GEOINT?

9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR NGA'S INDUSTRY PARTNERS?

As the GEOINT Functional Manager, NGA is responsible for incorporating the needs and capabilities of the entire community, to include industry, academia and foreign partners. The panel will describe the implications for the future business framework for NGA and the GEOINT enterprise. It will specify how NGA will leverage the strengths of that expansive community and match enterprise data, products and services to enterprise needs. The panel will specifically address the role that industry must play if the framework and associated initiatives are to be successful.
 
Moderator
VADM Jake Jacoby, USN (Ret.)
Chair 
AFCEA Intelligence Committee
Ms. Kim Fite
Acting Director, Source
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
 
Mr. Dustin Gard-Weiss
Associate Director of NGA for Functional Management
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Ms. Sue Kalweit
Director, Analysis
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Focus Questions:
  • With foreign, commercial and open source providers challenging NGA's traditional role, what are the primary enablers and barriers to rapid assimilation of these capabilities into the future framework?
  • Given NGA's role as broker in the evolving GEOINT community, how are relationships with traditional mission partners changing and what is required from those relationships if the GEOINT enterprise is to be successful?
  • What hiring and training needs and opportunities are associated with preparing the NGA workforce for its evolving roles?

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
NETWORKING BREAK



10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
LEADING INNOVATION

The panel will discuss NGA's efforts in leading innovation (i.e., current 'big problems') and sharing results with industry partners.   NGA has stepped into the role with Hackathons, reorganization of the IT Services Directorate to focus on the GEOINT Services Marketplace (GSM), initiatives as well as establishing industry connections at DIUx and NGA Outpost Valley. The panel will specify where NGA will work with industry to optimize transition of development efforts to the private sector, to include the Experiments and Demonstration program.  It will address the progress and lessons learned from GEOINT Pathfinder 2 (Open Source).
Moderator
Mr. Collin Agee
Army GEOINT Office
AFCEA Intelligence Committee Member
Mr. Tim Clayton
Office of Ventues and Innovation
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Dr. Jason Meyers
Deputy Director, Incubation
Office of Ventures & Innovation
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
MAJ Albert Meza
Experiments and Demonstrations
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Mr. Chris Rasmussen
GEOINT Pathfinder Program Manager and Public Open Software Lead
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
 
Focus Questions:
  • How is NGA changing acquisition governance, and pursuing faster acquisition practices and stronger linkages to its customers?
  • How can industry best engage with DIUx, NGA Outpost Valley, In-Q-Tel?
  • GEOINT Pathfinder 2 and Lessons Learned
  • How will NGA fill the skills gap to succeed in the open work?
  • How is flat management and empowerment being implemented?
  • Will classified data become supplementary as the quality and analysis of OSINT improves?
  • How does automation reduce processing time for GEOINT and OSINT analysis?
  • How do unclassified Pathfinder efforts impact NGA acquisition and has Pathfinder provided a meaningful venue for vetting innovations before they migrate to classified networks?
  • How does NGA encourage a “maker culture” and then leverage this culture to advance and inform industry innovation?

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
NGA'S CLOUD MIGRATION 

The panel will present the specifics on the NGA transition to the cloud and opportunities for cloud provisioning services and development work as NGA works to optimize storage and applications. Discussion will include how the NGA will operate in the cloud from business and operations perspectives and review opportunities for small businesses to participate in cloud optimization.

Moderator
Mr. Mike Decker
Director, Marine Forces Program and Senior International/Defense Researcher
The RAND Corporation
Member, AFCEA Intelligence Committee
Mr. Lou Halbert
Chief Data Officer
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Mr. Mark Munsell
Deputy Director, CIO and IT Services
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Mr. John Rother
Director, Adopt and Deliver Group
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Focus Questions:
  • What is the status of the NGA migration and what steps will be taken over the next one to three years to optimize cloud capabilities and potential? 
  • How is the NGA transitioning from monolithic to horizontal design?
  • How will the NGA contract for required capabilities and services and what timeline should industry expect?

12:30 p.m.  - 1:30 p.m.
LUNCH AND NETWORKING


1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
INTEGRATING COMMERCIAL CAPABILITIES

In July 2016, the NGA and NRO announced creation of a joint activity to better leverage commercial GEOINT. Director Cardillo noted, “The Commercial GEOINT Activity (CGA) will shape how we interact with the commercial GEOINT industry and enable us to more efficiently and effectively explore alternatives to traditional collection and analysis,” while Director Sapp said, “The new CGA partnership presents a great opportunity for us to provide a coordinated voice and integrated approach to our industry partners.” The CGA leadership will discuss the implications of the stand-up of the CGA and how providers’ contractual relationships might change. 
 
Moderator
Mr. Mike Decker
Director, Marine Forces Program and Senior International/Defense Researcher
The RAND Corporation
Member, AFCEA Intelligence Committee
Mr. Mike Foster
Commercial GEOINT Activity Co-Lead
National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
Mr. Pete Muend
Commercial GEOINT Activity Co-Lead
National Reconnaissance Office
 
Focus Questions:
  • What are the near- and long-term purposes, goals and objectives of the Commercial GEOINT Activity (CGA)?
  • How is the CGA organized and resourced? What is the division of labor between the NRO and the NGA?
  • Who is responsible for commercial imagery policy? Will both the NRO and NGA purchase commercial GEOINT data and analytic support or will it be done “jointly”?

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

THE HUMAN-MACHINE COLLABORATION -- ENABLING EXQUISITE ANALYSIS

The panel will present plans and initiatives in the areas of collection automation, tipping and cueing, machine learning and artificial intelligence. The discussion will include how the distribution of tasks will change over time to enable more exquisite analysis. The panel will address plans to evolve automated analytical techniques of Activity Based Intelligence (ABI), Structured Object Management (SOM), and GEOINT Broker, which offer new analytical insights ranging from tactical to the strategic tasks.

Moderator
Mr. Collin Agee
Army GEOINT Office
AFCEA Intelligence Committee Member
Mr. Steve Hall
Activity-based Intelligence Lead
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Mr. James McCool
Director, Analytic Tradecraft and Technology NGA/Anylysis Directorate
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Ms. Sherry Prewitt
Director, Source Operations
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
 
Dr. Anthony Vinci
Associate Director for Capabilities
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Focus Questions:
  • Using data analytics, ABI, and analytic modeling, how can industry help match derived content to data needs?
  • Where are the biggest potential contributions of automation in the areas of volume, variety, or velocity?  Where can industry make the biggest impact?
  • Are processes under development to perform quality assurance of automated analysis?  Where can industry play a role?
  • How can industry help NGA maximize the utility of all GEOINT data - not just overhead?
  • How can industry support and enable NGA's marketplace?

3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
STRETCH BREAK


3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

SENIOR PANEL: OPEN Q&A

Senior representatives from the major NGA organizations will respond to questions generated by previous panels and address other areas of audience interest.  
 
Moderator
VADM Jake Jacoby, USN (Ret.)
Chair 
AFCEA Intelligence Committee
Mr. Peter Highnam
Director, Research
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Ms. Sue Kalweit
Director, Analysis
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Mr. Mark Munsell
Deputy Director, CIO and IT Services
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Dr. Anthony Vinci, PhD
Director of Plans and Programs
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
 
 

4:00 p.m.
CLOSING REMARKS