US: Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, today announced that the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has signed a multiyear technology contract to deploy Esri’s ArcGIS platform throughout the organization. The NGA will use ArcGIS to continue the organization’s mission of providing geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) to users around the world including US policymakers, the armed forces, intelligence agencies, and first responders. One way Esri technology will help throughout the NGA will be to maintain data in a common format so that it can be easily understood and acted on quickly.
GEOINT services allow users to employ NGA data to support activities such as intelligence analysis; operational planning, modeling, and simulation; command and control; and joint intelligence operations. The ArcGIS platform is the backbone for providing analytics; enabling collaboration; and sharing worldwide geospatial datasets, including analytical content, foundation features, elevation, and the precise point positioning that is used throughout the defense and intelligence communities.
“We are honored that NGA has selected Esri for this new contract,” said Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Esri. “NGA is a valued partner to us, and we will continue to support NGA’s mission to provide access to cutting-edge geospatial technology to the greatest number of users in the intelligence community and the Department of Defense.”
Esri and the NGA have a long and successful history of working together, including endeavors such as the provision of data views via ArcGIS Online with emergency response workers for recovery efforts after Hurricane Matthew; ArcticDEM, a collaborative project that created the first high-resolution, high-quality digital elevation models (DEMs) of the Arctic using optical stereo imagery; and NGA’s eNGAge program, an initiative that builds the agency’s internal knowledge and skills by placing NGA employees in temporary positions with industry and academic partners to increase exposure to new and emerging technologies such as location intelligence.