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NGA reveals strategy for next four years

US: The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) announced its strategy for the year 2013-2017. The document ‘NGA strategy 2013-2017’ stated, “NGA and GEOINT are key enablers of our national security interests, actions, and decisions around the globe. The NGA Strategy aligns with the nation’s strategic priorities,  goals, and objectives as outlined in the  National Intelligence Strategy, the Defense Intelligence Strategy, and the Secretary of Defense strategic guidance: Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense.” The mission of NGA is to provide timely, relevant, and accurate geospatial intelligence in support of national security.

The report further stated, “As we embrace today’s global landscape, we face an austere fiscal environment that demands better governance and deliberate planning to maintain critical Community capabilities while preserving resources for future mission development. The IC as a whole must be more efficient. Together we must leverage our collective resources to meet mission demands. This will require NGA to make difficult choices about current and proposed GEOINT capabilities across the National System for Geospatial Intelligence. To stay on top of emerging issues, NGA will need to carefully balance investments, resources, risks, and priorities.”

The document also listed NGA’s goal of providing online, on-demand access to its GEOINT knowledge and to broaden and deepen its analytic expertise to produce new value.

Following are the strategic objectives of NGA for the year 2013-2017:

Content: By 2017, NGA will empower the GEOINT community through greatly improved access to varied content and applications, easy-to-use online services in all security domains, and the ability to contribute content to the global GEOINT knowledge base.
Open IT Environment: By 2017, NGA will develop a stable, mission-driven and open IT environment that meets industry standards for service availability, service time to market, and overall costs as a percentage of operating cost. This enables a self-, assisted-, full-service delivery model that allows users to create and consume GEOINT content anytime on the device of their choice.
Analytic Capabilities: By 2017, NGA will provide a range of new anticipatory analytic products and services that make a measurable difference in outcomes for customers.
Customer Service: By 2017, NGA will provide robust online, on-demand GEOINT services that provide access to content, applications, expertise, and support through a unified Web presence and an enterprise application store on three security domains.
Workforce: By 2017, NGA will attract, motivate, and retain a highly skilled, innovative, and adaptive workforce, and will reward those who take balanced risks in furtherance of NGA’s mission.
Workplace: By 2017, NGA will be a leader in the federal government by establishing secure, safe, sustainable, collaborative, and environmentally friendly sites that are in compliance with all federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and standards.
Corporate and Functional Management: By 2017, NGA will function more efficiently through real-time transparent insight into expenditures and agility in managing its program, budget, and personnel. The GEOINT enterprise has broadly adapted functional management architecture, tradecraft, and standards that adhere to functional management programme guidance, has established, metrics to assess implementation of the strategy and R&D/S&T investments show a return on investment.

Source: NGA