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29 Jan 2010

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Friday’s Food for Thought: In This Great Future, You Can’t Forget Your Past; GEOINT History

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BobMarleyWelcome once again to the Friday’s Food for Thought post on got geoint? This week, we decided to take a look back at geographic history and make note of some very important dates and milestones. For example, on January 27, 1888, the National Geographic Society was founded. And, did you know that in 1351 The Medici sea atlas was published that contained a ‘world’ map? Yep, you can learn about that, and much more in this historic GEOINT post. Oh, and as the late Bob Marley once said, “In this great future, you can’t forget your past.” Happy Friday!

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28 Jan 2010

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Taking “GPS Versus Paper Maps” to the Next Level in the Running World

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RunningLast week, we did a post about how the U.S. Air Force is reconsidering its use of GPS and going back to paper maps. And we did a light-hearted Friday’s Food for Thought post about “Paper Versus Digital,” which included none other than a video clip from “The Office.” Well, we came across this article from Runner’s World that takes the GPS versus paper maps debate to the next level. For those who are running advocates, GPS devices have become very popular over the past couple of years. However, much like what is happening in the U.S. Air Force, has there been a GPS backlash happening in the running world as well? Is this a harbinger of more anti-GPS things to come? Read the article and let us know what you think!

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28 Jan 2010

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Cities Say New FEMA Flood Maps Are Full of Errors

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FloodmapsMore than a year and a half after a massive flood left a huge swath of eastern Iowa underwater, the tiny farming community of Oakville is clinging to survival. Many of the town’s 400-or-so residents moved on after the June 2008 disaster, leaving local leaders desperate to lure new faces to the community. But they say their efforts are being harmed by an ambitious government initiative to update and digitize the nation’s flood plain maps. The Federal Emergency Management Agency started the $200 million-per-year project in 2004 as a way to utilize advances in mapping technology to better identify areas susceptible to flooding. FEMA officials say the new maps — some of which have won final approval and others which are still in their preliminary stages — will allow for better zoning and help prevent future catastrophes like the flood in Iowa, which caused an estimated $10 billion of damage. Read the full ABC News Story here.

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27 Jan 2010

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Map of Recent Operations in Yemen

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YemenMapSmallToday, the Washington Post did a story about how U.S. military teams and intelligence agencies are deeply involved in secret joint operations with Yemeni troops who in the past six weeks have killed scores of people, among them six of 15 top leaders of a regional al-Qaeda affiliate. The article also highlights how GEOINT is playing a major role in this effort: “Highly sensitive intelligence is being shared with the Yemeni forces, including electronic and video surveillance, as well as three-dimensional terrain maps and detailed analysis of the al-Qaeda network.” In addition, we have featured a detailed map of all recent operations in Yemen in this post.

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27 Jan 2010

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U.S. Military Teams, Intelligence Deeply Involved in Aiding Yemen on Strikes

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YemenStrikesU.S. military teams and intelligence agencies are deeply involved in secret joint operations with Yemeni troops who in the past six weeks have killed scores of people, among them six of 15 top leaders of a regional al-Qaeda affiliate, according to senior administration officials. The operations, approved by President Obama and begun six weeks ago, involve several dozen troops from the U.S. military’s clandestine Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), whose main mission is tracking and killing suspected terrorists. The American advisers do not take part in raids in Yemen, but help plan missions, develop tactics and provide weapons and munitions. Highly sensitive intelligence is being shared with the Yemeni forces, including electronic and video surveillance, as well as three-dimensional terrain maps and detailed analysis of the al-Qaeda network. Read the full Washington Post article here.

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26 Jan 2010

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Tuesday News Round Up: ManTech Gains ‘Non-Conflict’ Status with NRO, ESA Spending Freeze Ends and More

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NROJan26While we are known for providing a comprehensive news summary post on Monday mornings, sometimes the news cycle is just too big and we like to occasionally do a “Tuesday News Round Up” post. This week, we have plenty of industry-related news including ManTech receiving a ‘non-conflict status’ with the NRO, the ESA ending a spending freeze and BAE System’s partnership with NOAA. So, as we always say on Monday, fire up that second cup of coffee and read on!

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25 Jan 2010

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Monday Morning News Kick Off: U.S. Drone Strikes Up and Police to Use Drones to Fight Crime in U.K?

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Drones1_25Welcome once again to the Monday Morning Kick Off post. We hope everyone had a restful weekend. As always, we have compiled all the actionable news you need to kick start your work week. Of course, the news cycle these days is being dominated by news regarding U.S. drones in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Taliban claimed they shot one down, the U.S. has increased it overall strikes in response to the CIA deaths, and the U.K. plans on using drones to spy on citizens. Oh, and of course, we included some more industry related news from the OGC and Envitia. Happy Monday!

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22 Jan 2010

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Friday’s Food for Thought: Paper Versus Digital

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DunderWelcome once again to the Friday’s Food for Thought post on got geoint? We hope everyone had a productive work week. This week, we covered a story about the U.S. Air Force re-assessing the use of GPS and how they may consider going back to using old fashioned paper maps. So, for this week’s FFT theme we wanted to tackle the concept of paper versus digital. 10 years ago industry pundits predicted — with the advent of the Internet — that we would all go completely paperless. Has this actually happened? We are certainly more digitally connected than we have ever been, but will paper eventually go away? We hope to tackle this subject in today’s post. So, read on and enjoy.

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21 Jan 2010

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U.S. Air Force Urgently Seeking Alternatives to GPS?? Going Back to Printed Maps??

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GPSsatelliteOur friends at DoD Buzz recently came out with a story that highlights how the U.S. Air Force — In the face of threats from jamming and attacks on satellites — needs to lessen its dependence on the Global Positioning System and develop alternatives to GPS. According to the article, Gen. Norton Schwartz, Air Force Chief of Staff, said that GPS signals are particularly vulnerable in time of war since enemies know of the reliance U.S. forces place on its highly accurate signal. The article points out that alternatives to GPS include accurate digital maps, if not the good old ink and paper versions. This certainly caught our attention — the printed/paper maps thing. Is this really true? Is GEOINT going retro? Our gut is saying probably not. We anticipate that technology innovations will trump good old fashioned printed maps. What do you all think?

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20 Jan 2010

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GEOINT and Climate Change: Arctic Growing Security Risk to U.S.?

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ArcticEarlier this month, the CIA received extensive press coverage for sharing satellite imagery with climate scientists. As a result of this news, there has been a minor debate to how much of a threat the Arctic is to the U.S. Fox News commentators scoffed at the CIA, accusing it of “spying on icebergs instead of terrorists” and therefore failing to “keep Americans safe.” But CIA Director Leon Panetta, retired military generals and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton all disagree with this assessment. Here’s what Panetta had to say: “With the melting of the ice, with sea lanes opening that were never there before … with five countries ringing the Arctic … With Russia saying that they are going to have an expedition next year to plant their flag on the North Pole. With Canada saying, ‘No, you’d better not.’ This is an area that we have to pay real attention to.” What do you all think? Does the Arctic region pose a threat to our nation?

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