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30 Jul 2010

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Friday’s Food for Thought: I Spent Six Months in a Leaky Boat; WikiLeaks and More

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Welcome to the ever famous Friday’s Food for Thought post from got geoint? Hmmm…so what is the big IC story this week? Oh yes, the little story about the leaking of 91,000 secret documents about the Afghanistan war on WikiLeaks. Of course, this made realize that the ideal theme for this week’s FFT post would be all about the leaking of confidential information? Does our human nature make it difficult for us to keep secrets? We try our best to dive into this topic today. Hope you enjoy and happy Friday!

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29 Jul 2010

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WikiLeaks Fallout: Tighter Access to US Secrets?

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Call it the big information chill, looming across the military and intelligence communities. After the massive Afghan war data spill by WikiLeaks, some veteran intelligence officers and experts are calling for a tightening of access to information and more monitoring in the spy community’s lower levels. They’re blaming post-9/11 changes that promoted information sharing as the culprit that made it too easy to lose control of the nation’s secrets.

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28 Jul 2010

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Wednesday News Round Up: DoD Invests in Tomorrow’s UAV, Boeing’s “Phantom Eye” and Much More

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As our faithful got geoint? readers know, every so often we like to do mid-week news round up — especially when the news cycle is chock full of GEOINT-related stories that will change your life for the better. Well, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but these are some compelling stories about UAVs, Boeing’s Phantom Eye and much, much more. So, what’s a good catch phrase for a Wednesday news round up post? Ahh, we’ll just use an old favorite. Here we go: fire up that second cup of coffee and read on.

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27 Jul 2010

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Go USA! American Students Win International Rocket Contest Fly-Off

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Student rocketeers from France, the United Kingdom and the United States competed today in the Third Annual Transatlantic Rocketry Challenge. The four-member team from Penn Manor High School in Millersville, PA posted the best score to win the international fly-off. Horsforth School in Leeds, England placed second. The French team was unable to launch its rocket due to technical problems.

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26 Jul 2010

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Monday Morning News Kick Off: Clapper Most Qualified to be DNI, WikiLeak’s Raw Data, and Meteorite Crater Found Via Google Earth

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Welcome to the Monday Morning News Kick Off post from got geoint? As always, we hope everyone had a restful weekend and are geared up for a productive work week. What does this week have in store for us? Well, our crystal ball is a bit fuzzy this morning, but we expect it won’t be as crazy as last week — with the Washington Post story, Clapper confirmation hearing and more — but one never knows. We do know that this weeks MMNKO post has some very compelling news — from more Clapper confirmation news to a story of a meteorite crater being found via Google Earth. So, as we always say, fire up that second cup of coffee and read on!

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23 Jul 2010

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Friday’s Food for Thought: Spying on Your Neighbors and Who Are You?

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Welcome to the Friday’s Food for Thought post from got geoint? As we highlighted yesterday, it has been a very interesting week for the Intelligence Community. In many ways, the Washington Post story — and the Russian spy story — raised the level of awareness of the IC. One part of the IC that has caught people’s attention is covert intel and the concept of people not fully disclosing who they work for (i.e, an intel agency) — an often romanticized part of the IC. So, if your are wondering if Bob, your neighbor who is always vague about working at the “state department,” is a spy, he most likely is…well, more so if he lives in Chantilly.

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22 Jul 2010

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Spies All Around Us: Dulles-Chantilly Region Key Area for Intelligence Community

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There must be something in the air. Or is it the water? Over the past couple of weeks there have been some pretty sensational stories about the Intelligence Community. First, we had the Russian spies, then the Washington Post’s expose on the IC (well timed, right before Clapper’s confirmation hearing – but we digress), and stories about the lack of GAO oversight for the community. And, CBS News recently ran a story about how top secret spy work is done in neighborhoods around the Washington DC area. One of the areas highlighted, in addition to Fort Meade, is the Dulles-Chantilly region.

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21 Jul 2010

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President Obama’s Pick to Head Up Spy Agencies, James Clapper, is No ‘Hood Ornament’

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President Obama’s choice to ride herd on U.S. spy agencies boasted yesterday he is no “hood ornament,” and has the clout to stop turf wars. “I would not have agreed to take this position on if I were going to be a titular figurehead or a hood ornament,” retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper told the Senate Intelligence Committee at his confirmation hearing. Obama nominated Clapper, a career intelligence officer, to replace retired Navy Adm. Dennis Blair as director of National Intelligence, coordinating the efforts of the sprawling intelligence community. Check out the full NY Daily News article here. Also, been a crazy week for the IC. First we had the Washington Post article, then Clapper’s confirmation hearing…what is next? Stay tuned, and be sure to check out our Friday’s Food for Thought post this week.

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21 Jul 2010

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GUEST BLOGGER: Adam Keith, Director, Earth Observation, Euroconsult, Discusses Future Defense and Security Trends

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In an era of mounting security concerns and an uncertain global balance of power, intelligence gathering for defense and security purposes using Earth observations technologies is of growing importance to governments worldwide. Manned aerial solutions and proprietary defense systems have been the traditional sources of Image Intelligence (IMINT) and geospatial information (GEOINT). Now, however, continuing budget constraints have led government defense agencies to explore other mechanisms to meet their IMINT requirements.

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20 Jul 2010

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Help Wanted: Drone Pilots for U.S. Southern Border

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If you are an out of work drone pilot, fear no more. You will now be able to pay your mortgage and feed your kids. There is a shortage of remote pilots for unmanned aerial vehicles for monitoring the southern U.S. border. Though, there is one hick up. Officials told a House Homeland Security Panel last week that safety concerns are slowing down the actual usage of drones in U.S. airspace. Although the FAA recently approved the use of a UAV for South Texas, and the FAA has streamlined the review process for applications to use the unmanned craft for border security and emergency purposes, the limited safety and operational data available does not support expedited or full integration into the national air space. So, once these safety concerns are quelled, all of you unemployed drone pilots will be back to work, collecting the almighty pay check. Of course the reality is that there is a shortage of pilots and operators, specifically pilots with specialized training who can launch and land the aircraft. Read more here.

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