The Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC) has announced that TASC, a business unit of Northrop Grumman’s Information Technology (IT) sector, has upgraded its OGC membership to the Strategic level. By this action, the company affirms its strong commitment to the OGC vision for geospatial interoperability. TASC will engage in strategic planning as a member of both the OGC Planning Committee and as a member of the newly formed OGC Strategic Advisory Committee. The company will continue to participate in OGC Technical Committee programs to collaboratively define and approve spatial interface specifications that support interoperability. TASC supports a variety of customers whose central mission is to provide geospatial and intelligence services worldwide. To assist the OGC in meeting global spatial technology interoperability needs, TASC has assigned Jen Barmann as OGC Interoperability Program (IP) Deputy Director for Engineering. In this role, she will provide leadership and direction to major initiatives within the OGC Interoperability Program. The company will also contribute to the OGC Cross Member Evaluation and Conformance Testing Program. Northrop Grumman IT has already established the OGC Conformance, Configuration and Management Lab environment, which will become part of the OGC Network to be used as a reference implementation to manage and execute ongoing initiatives and testing activities.