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28 May 2010

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Friday’s Food for Thought: Remembering Memorial Day’s True Meaning

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Welcome to the Friday’s Food for Thought post from got geoint? Each year, we like to highlight the importance of the Memorial Day on the Friday before the holiday weekend. And, here we are once again on the verge of this very important holiday, and it is time to reflect on its true meaning. Beyond using this long weekend to catch up with family and loved ones, we need to remember that is all about honoring those who sacrificed their lives in military duty. Check out last year’s post on the true meaning of this holiday.

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27 May 2010

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Satellite Debris Washes Ashore at Hilton Head

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We are always on the look out for the unusual stories around GEOINT and satellite technologies. From covering the use of GEOINT to track penguins in Antarctica to Google Earth being used to arrest a man who dumped an old boat, we like to cover it all. Well, we came across another unusual story worth noting. A piece of a European satellite washed ashore on the beach at a resort in Hilton Head, SC. The local newspaper reported that the Federal Aviation Administration identified the object as part of a satellite launched from an Ariane 5 rocket. And, check out the CNN iReport image of the actual object in this post.

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26 May 2010

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Google Earth Tool Will Provide World Trade Center Access

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The National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum and Google Earth have partnered to allow online visitors to the World Trade Center site will be able to explore the actual site via 3-D. Museum officials announced today that the 3-D model will help the public visualize the memorial and its lower Manhattan setting. With the new tool, visitors will be able to zoom in and look at each tree and cobblestone or zoom out and look at the entire project. “The ability to visualize the memorial in its geographic context even before it is constructed is key to understanding its place in New York City’s landscape,” Bruce Polderman, product manager for Google, said in a news release. Check out the Google Earth tool here. And, read more from the NY Times here.

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25 May 2010

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Nanotech Spy Satellite Will Be Able To “Count Hairs On Your Head”

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Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are working on a way to enhance infrared imaging with a series of holes that are each just 1.6 millionths of a meter wide. Nestled inside each one of those nano-sized holes are quantum dots, ultra-tiny crystals packing some super-powerful optical and semiconductor magic. This bit of microscopic trickery creates images and night vision that’s 20 times sharper than the best systems we have now. The word is that it is infrared, so the cameras will be able to spot heat sources, maybe even through walls. Speaking of seeing through walls, you all may recall our story about DARPA developing technologies to do just that with the Comprehensive Interior Reconnaissance program. Check out more from DVICE here.

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24 May 2010

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Monday Morning News Kick Off: Intel Post ‘Wicked Problem’ for Administration; Intel Workers Pay System Unfair and More

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Welcome to the Monday Morning News Kick Off Post from got geoint? Here we are. It’s the week after GEOINT Community Week and like we said on Friday, our heads are still spinning a bit from the news of the DNI resignation. And on top of that General Clapper is being named as a potential candidate to replace Blair. Anyhow, we wanted to make sure this MMNKOP (we still love that acronym) focuses on the latest DNI news, but also highlights all the other news that is of interest to the GEOINT Community. As we always say, fire up that second cup of coffee and read on.

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21 May 2010

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Official: Gen. Clapper a Leading Candidate to Replace Blair

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A government official tells ABC News that Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper (ret) is a leading candidate to replace ousted Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair. Clapper is currently Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, serving in that role since 2007. He has also served as Blair’s principal advisor on defense intelligence matters. He formerly headed the Defense Intelligence Agency. Others who have been considered for the job include former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., and deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, source tell ABC News. Many consider General Clapper to the “father” of GEOINT. Be sure to check out our Q&A with General Clapper from GEOINT 2008. More news to come on this!

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21 May 2010

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DNI Blair Steps Down; “Lost Confidence of the President”

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Yesterday, National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair announced his resignation under pressure from the White House, ending a tumultuous 16-month tenure marked by intelligence failures and spy agency turf wars. Blair, a retired Navy admiral, is the third director of national intelligence, a position created in response to public outrage over the failure to prevent the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. His departure underscores the disorganization inside the Obama administration’s intelligence apparatus, rocked over the past six months by a spate of high-profile attempted terror attacks that revealed new national security lapses. And it comes two days after a stark Senate report criticized Blair’s office and other intelligence agencies for new failings that, despite a top-to-bottom overhaul of the U.S. intelligence apparatus after 9/11, allowed a would-be bomber to board a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day. Here’s the official resignation statement. Read more from the AP here. We also have the AP video of this news in the post.

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21 May 2010

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Friday’s Food for Thought: GEOINT Community Week

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Welcome to the Friday’s Food for Thought post on got geoint? As we are wrapping up the final day of what has been a most excellent GEOINT Community Week, we can’t help but feel like our heads are spinning a bit. DNI Blair officially resigned yesterday. And, an unnamed official stated the General Clapper is the lead candidate to replace Blair. So, with all this breaking news happening today, we are going to do an abridged FFT post. Surely you all understand. But, trust us you will enjoy the video we showcased.

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20 May 2010

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USGIF Technology Day: Exhibitor News Round Up

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USGIF Technology Day is really all about what it is billed as: technology. While walking the exhibit hall floor getting briefings from the exhibitors, we can’t help but think that innovation is still key. And, this is merely a taste of what is to come with regards to the GEOINT 2010 Symposium. So, we tried to speak with as many exhibitors as possible and have pulled together highlights from the floor in this post. We hope you enjoy.

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20 May 2010

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USGIF Technology Day Emerging Technology Showcase

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The editorial staff of got geoint? had the pleasure of sitting through the USGIF Technology Day Emerging Technologies Showcase, which highlighted a number of very cutting-edge developments in the GEOINT Community in the form of demonstrations from Open Geospatial Consortium, DAPRA, GITA and many others. The morning was kicked off with a presentation by Paul Rutherford, Chief Technology Officer, Isilon Systems. Paul showcased Isilon’s clustered storage and data management solutions for file-based data that aim to maximize the performance of their mission-critical applications, workflows, and processes.

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