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NGA Director stresses on user empowerment

New Orleans, US: Letitia A. Long, Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), shared her new vision, Putting the Power of GEOINT in the Hands of the Users, and established two main goals for the agency, at the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation GEOINT Symposium held in New Orleans, US.

Her first goal is to fundamentally change the user experience by providing online, on-demand access to NGA’s GEOINT knowledge. Second goal is to create new value by broadening and deepening analytic expertise by providing contextual analysis of places informed not only by the Earth’s physical features and imagery intelligence, but also by ―human geography.

At the core of achieving the vision is a coherent set of online services that will provide integrated discovery of and access to all of NGA’s GEOINT content, services, human expertise and support through the Web storefront and ―apps, customised to user needs. A transcript of Long’s speech is available at .

Amongst other prominent stalwarts, Bruce Carlson, Director, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), discussed how precision targeting in Afghanistan is now a critical focus. He observed that data accuracy is a major challenge for the NRO.

K. Stuart Shea, Chairman and CEO, United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), reinforced that there has never been a more critical time for the need for actionable geospatial intelligence. Shea also discussed the history of USGIF and how the GEOINT symposium was created to offer sense of community – and how it all stared in New Orleans. From there, he highlighted all the themes of past GEOINT symposia leading up to why the concept of “3.0.”

Hon. General James R. Clapper, 4th Director of National Intelligence (DNI), provided an insightful summary on how he is changing the role of the ODNI to focus more on integration. The key, according to General Clapper, is pushing Intelligence integration with regards to collection and analysis as his number one priority.
He is bringing together the disciplines of collection and analysis under one roof led by Mr. Robert Cardillo. This change will help address the age-old issue of data sharing and collaboration.

Source: GEOINT & NGA