HERNDON, Va. – (Business Wire) The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) today announced that Keith J. Masback has been named president of USGIF. Masback succeeds K. Stuart Shea, who was selected by the board of directors to serve as chief executive officer and continue in his role as the chairman of the board.
“The growth and success of USGIF over the past four years has been remarkable and become the defining catalyst that has brought government, industry, academia and professional organizations together to promote the geospatial intelligence tradecraft,” said Shea. “With that success, the time has clearly come to bring on board a full-time president to help enable USGIF to lead the GEOINT community into the future. This step is a very important and exciting one for USGIF, and we are elated Keith is taking the reins to continue to promulgate the tradecraft and guide the community.”
With more than 20 years in military and government service, Masback comes from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) where he was most recently director of the Source Operations Group. He has also served NGA as the deputy director of the Office of Strategic Transformation, director of the Frontiers Office and as the deputy director of the director’s Initiatives Group.
Masback began his professional career in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer in the Berlin Brigade, later transitioning to military intelligence, serving at XVIII Airborne Corps and on the Army Staff. As a senior civilian, he led the Army Intelligence Master Plan Office planning Army intelligence transformation. He then served as the Army’s first director of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance integration, leading the melding of ISR concepts and systems into Army, joint, and national long-range planning and programming.
“I’m passionate about the promise of GEOINT, and I’m humbled by the leadership opportunity the USGIF board of directors has offered,” Masback said. “Under the superb direction of Stu Shea and others, in just under five years USGIF developed into an organization that significantly contributes to our national security. I am eager to build upon this outstanding legacy across government, industry, academia and related professional organizations.”