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30 Apr 2012

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Monday Morning News Kick Off: Google Street View and the FCC; “Intense” Nuclear Activity in North Korea; and Are Defense Cuts Good for the Geospatial Sector?

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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 and are super charged to take on the work week. Once again, we have compiled all of the key stories you need to to be the smartest GEOINT professional possible. So, as we always say, fire up that second cup of coffee and read on. Happy Monday!

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27 Apr 2012

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Friday’s Food for Thought: Reminded of GEOINT’s Role One Year Later

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Welcome to the Friday’s Food for Thought post from got geoint? Next week marks the one-year anniversary of a pivotal event in our nation’s security: the death of Osama Bin Laden. This anniversary is a reminder of the overall effectiveness of the Intelligence Community and how organizations like the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) played a major role in making the operation a success. While the mainstream news cycle is playing out stories about possible threats to our nation on May 1st, we would like to focus on how exactly GEOINT served as the foundation for bringing down one of our nation’s greatest enemies.

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26 Apr 2012

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The Enhanced View Program: The Importance of Commercial Remote Sensing to Economic and National Security

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Satellite imagery has many applications in meteorology, agriculture, geology, forestry, landscape, biodiversity conservation, regional planning, education, intelligence and warfare. Our emergency responder community and our warfighters rely on satellite imagery on a daily basis. A majority of government funding for unclassified commercial satellite imagery comes from National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Enhanced View (EV) Program.

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25 Apr 2012

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New NRO Director: Another Woman Tapped to Join Ranks of Intelligence Chiefs

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Yesterday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced that Betty Sapp will be taking over as the Director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Sapp will be the second woman to lead a major intelligence agency with Letitia Long, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director, being the first. Our readers may recall that got geoint? was one of the first media outlets to report the appointment of Director Long in February 2010.

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24 Apr 2012

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UCGIS 2012 Symposium: Building GIScience 2.0

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From May 30 to June 1, our friends at the University Consortium for GIScience (UCGIS) are hosting the USGIS 2012 Symposium in Washington, DC. This must-go-to-event for the academic community that will focus on the power of “GIScience 2.0.”

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23 Apr 2012

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Monday Morning News Kick Off: Military and IC Clash Over Spy Satellites; NRO Director Stepping Down; and Pentagon “Can Manage” Satellite Imagery Cuts

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Welcome to the Monday Morning News Kick Off post from got geoint? With Spring Break season almost behind us, the kids are back in school and that Disney Cruise is now a glimmering memory. So, now is the time to get back into work mode. Fortunately, we always have our MMNKO post to serve as your transitional guide back into your professional life. So, fire up that second cup of coffee and read on. Happy Monday.

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20 Apr 2012

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Friday’s Food for Thought: Moving at the Speed of Sound

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19 Apr 2012

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GEOINT Moving Quickly for Disaster Response

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When it comes to disaster response and public safety, every second can spell the difference between life and death. And, we are living in a world with increased natural and man-made disasters that require governments, first responders and other officials to be nimble, and smart, in their decision making efforts. To meet this highly urgent need, geospatial providers are implementing solutions that allow for near real-time access to not only imagery, but also the analysis necessary for effective decision making.

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18 Apr 2012

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Pentagon to Release Satellite Exports Report, Could Enhance Overseas Business Opportunities

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Congress will soon be receiving the long awaited and highly anticipated report from the Obama administration on the loosening of export controls on some satellites and associated equipment. According to Reuters, many U.S. industry officials believe this could help enhance business opportunities abroad in the face of decreased domestic spending.

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17 Apr 2012

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PODCAST: Dr. Christopher Tucker, USGIF Board Member Discusses MapStory.org, New Wikipedia-Like Platform for Maps

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USGIF board member Dr. Christopher Tucker has been a driving force behind the MapStory.org initiative, which enables a global community of experts to “crowd source” socio-cultural data within a geospatial and temporal framework through an online social media channel or platform. With MapStory, anyone can turn into Storytellers who can create, share, and collaborate to ultimately improve our understanding of global dynamics, worldwide, over the course of history. Today, we have the pleasure of speaking with Chris about this initiative and much more.

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