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30 Sep 2010

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Michael Vickers Nominated for Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Department of Defense

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Today, President Obama announced his nominees for key posts within the administration. One person certainly stood out to us and that was Michael Vickers who is being nominated for Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Department of Defense. Mr. Vickers is a key leader the defense and intelligence work. He currently serves as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict & Interdependent Capabilities. He also serves as the senior civilian advisor to the Secretary of Defense on the operational employment and capabilities of special operations forces. Previously he served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Studies, at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He was also once a CIA Operations Officer. Quite an impressive resume and we extend our congratulations to Mr. Vickers for this nomination!

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29 Sep 2010

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‘Spy Balloons’ Play a Critical Role in Afghanistan

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Simply put, blimps are easier and quicker to build than unmanned aerial drones. This is the rationale of the Pentagon’s recent push to increase the use of what USA Today is calling ‘spy balloons’ in Afghanistan to meet a growing military demand for video surveillance of insurgents. According to the Pentagon, these balloons fitted with high-powered cameras are needed because unmanned planes such as the Predator can’t be built fast enough. On top of that, the demand for video surveillance equipment from Afghan battlefield commanders has been 20 times the rate of supply. Currently there are currently 30 of these spy balloons in Afghanistan, and the goal is to have 64 of them floating thousands of feet above U.S. bases and key areas in the country. And the surveillance technology is on par with drones, and the cost is $10 million each. Definitely a viable and quick solution to meet urgent GEOINT needs. Read more here.

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28 Sep 2010

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Episode 1 – Geospatial Revolution Project

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Episode 1 - Geospatial Revolution Project

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28 Sep 2010

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Boeing’s Solar Powered Drone Will Stay Aloft for Five Years

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Energy efficiency and innovation are the name of the game when it comes to a new new solar powered drone being developing for the Pentagon by Boeing. Dubbed the SolarEagle, this innovative drone will be capable of flying for five straight years at 60,000 feet. According to the LA Times, Boeing recently announced it had won the $89-million contract with DARPA to develop a prototype of the SolarEagle that can demonstrate it can stay aloft for 30 days by 2014. According to DARPA, the program will “enable a re-taskable, persistent pseudo-satellite capability in an aircraft package. The technology combines the key benefits of an aircraft (flexibility & responsiveness, sensor resolution, reduced transmit/receive power, affordable deployment) with the benefits of a satellite (on- station persistence, no logistics tail, zero emissions, energy independence, minimal fleet size, absence of in-country footprint).” Very interesting stuff. Is this the future of GEOINT? Check out more here.

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27 Sep 2010

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Monday Morning News Kick Off: Intel Analysts “Insanely Happy,” Mastering the “Sale” in the IC, and Who is Bruce Carlson?

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Welcome to the Monday Morning News Kick Off post from got geoint? As always, we hope you had a restful weekend. Although weekends are great, like all great things, they often have to come to end (nothing gold can stay – as they say). Anyhow, enough The Outsider’s references. It’s Monday and it’s game on. As always, we have pulled together all the actionable GEOINT stories you need to get the week started on the right foot. Fire up that second cup of coffee and read on!

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24 Sep 2010

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Friday’s Food for Thought: The Soul of the Big Easy

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Welcome to the highly lauded Friday’s Food for Thought post hosted by got geoint? The weeks are flying by and check this out. We are 38 days away from the kick off of GEOINT 2010. Since the GEOINT symposium is headed back to New Orleans, we have decided the make the theme of this week’s FFT post all about the Big Easy. While much of the attention around this great city still focuses on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, one thing remains true. The soul of the Big Easy is very very special. So, take a ride with us today as we explore all things that make NOLA a special place. And, happy Friday!

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23 Sep 2010

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An Inside Look at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)

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We all know that the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) has shied away from opening their doors to the media. In fact, it is a place where very few cameras ever go. Until now that is. Fox 5 in Washington DC was able to gain access into the NRO and did, what we think, is a fine job in showcasing the NRO. Hey, they even got an interview with Bruce Carlson, NRO Director. With all the changes happening at the NRO — the Sept 20 launch of a security satellite and the new charter — it is no wonder the NRO has invested some of its resources into public relations. And be sure to check out Bruce Carlson speak at GEOINT 2010 and if you missed GEOINT 2009, you can see last year’s speech here. We have the full video segment from Fox 5 embedded in this post. We hope you check it out.

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23 Sep 2010

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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Funding Down; More Opportunity for Industry

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Yesterday at Mitre Corporation hosted its VT IDEA event with a panel that featured Letitia Long (pictured) the new Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Long brought up an interesting point about how funding for the NGA is down this year and will continue to be down in 2011. According to Fed Tech Bisnow, Letitia says without top line increases, the agency needs industry help creating efficiencies to free up resources. NGA can then bring in and develop technologies used overseas. This could essentially mean that with funding down and resources potentially being stretched, there could be more opportunity for industry partners to step in and fill the gap. What do members of industry think about this?

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22 Sep 2010

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USGIF President Defines “Geospatial Intelligence” in Latest Issue of Geospatial Intelligence Forum

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Ask 10 people to define “geospatial intelligence,” and you are likely to get 10 different answers. Words you might hear would include imagery, photogrammetry, geography, cartography, geographic information systems, analysis and remote sensing—and the list could go on longer. According to U.S. Code Title 10, “the term ‘geospatial intelligence’ means the exploitation and analysis of imagery and geospatial information to describe, assess and visually depict physical features and geographically referenced activities on the Earth. Geospatial intelligence consists of imagery, imagery intelligence and geospatial information.” This legal definition paints with a broad brushstroke an idea of the width and depth of GEOINT. Geospatial intelligence can’t be defined by a particular program or product. Read the full GIF “From the Desk of the President” Column here as well as in this post.

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21 Sep 2010

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Spy Satellite Launch Delayed Because of Wrongly Parked Car

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In most major cities parking can be a major issue. Do you pay for the expensive parking garage? Or circle the block until you find a meter spot? While this challenge can only cause a minor headache or a small dent in the wallet, it does not typically delay the launch of a major U.S. spy satellite. That is correct. A new spy satellite launched into space late Monday on the latest classified mission for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office was delayed because a private car was parked in the wrong spot. According to Space.com, a the launch of the NRO classified satellite NROL-41 was delayed about a half hour due to the pesky car, which was parked at Vandenberg’s Space Launch Complex 8 – an area that was supposed to be clear of vehicles. If only we had better public transportation, or tax incentives to get people to car pool, this may have not happened. But alas, we live in a car-driven society (like the pun?) and something like this was bound to happen.

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