US: ESRI and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) formed a strategic alliance to strengthen national geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) capabilities. This new strategic alliance is meant to support the strategies and goals US Navy Vice Admiral Robert B. Murrett, NGA director, set last year to ensure the interoperability and reliability and improve the quality of National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG) products and services.
Dangermond said, “This new initiative will permit us to continue working together on projects that will use and improve on geospatial technology, thereby strengthening our country’s national security.”
The mission of the NGA—which combines aspects such as technology, data, people and policies needed to produce GEOINT—is to provide timely, relevant and accurate geospatial intelligence to support national security. The NSG is a unified community of GEOINT experts, producers and users organised around the goal of integrating technology, policies, capabilities and doctrine to produce GEOINT in a multi-intelligence environment.
The NGA, as the functional manager for the NSG, provides strategic thinking, guidance, and direction to the intelligence community concerning all aspects of GEOINT, from acquisition to utilisation. The NGA collaborates with its mission partners to ensure that accurate and timely GEOINT is a part of decision making and operations where and when it is needed.
The agreement underscores the critical role geospatial technology plays in GEOINT within the national security community, which provides GIS products, services, and analysis to intelligence officers and decision makers.