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29 Apr 2011


Friday’s Food for Thought: The Stars of GEOINT

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Welcome to the Friday’s Food for Thought post from got geoint? If you all are feeling a bit burnt out on the whole royal wedding thing, fret not, we are not adding to the media over-saturation by making it the theme of this week’s FFFT post. Plus, that would be too easy. Instead we are focusing on the true stars of the GEOINT sector. What inspired this? Well, Washingtonian Magazine just issued its “Tech Titans 2011″ list and let’s just say, the GEOINT sector ruled. So, we are going to dedicate this post to all the GEOINT stars who made this list, and to those stars (and there are many of you out there) who live and work outside of the DC area. And a reminder that the USGIF 2011 Scholarship applications are due Monday! Oh, and congratulations to William and Kate (sorry, couldn’t help ourselves). Happy Friday!

Tech Titans 2011
100 leaders of Washington’s tech world, from LivingSocial’s Tim O’Shaughnessy to Capitals owner Ted Leonsis. Our tech scene is the hottest it’s been since the dot-com glory days of the 1990s, with big investment by government in IT, surging green-energy programs, growing biotech research, and start-ups such as LivingSocial. Here are the people who are making this region grow. Here’s the list of folks who are either USGIF members, or play a major role in shaping the GEOINT sector:

Keith Alexander
Director, National Security Agency. The head of the Defense Department’s cybersecurity efforts, Alexander leads a workforce that includes some of the best mathematicians and technologists on the planet.

Regina Dugan
Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Trained as a mechanical engineer and an expert in explosives detection, Dugan in 2009 became the first woman to lead the Pentagon’s elite Clarendon-based technology, Skunkworks.

Chris Darby
CEO, In-Q-Tel. Not many government agencies have their own venture-capital firm, but the CIA does—and if Darby spots promising technology, he has deep pockets to play with.

Deborah H. Alderson
President, SAIC’s Defense Solutions Group. While she oversees a workforce of 12,500, Alderson has made mentoring women a focus of her energies and developed SAIC’s Women’s Network.

Anne Altman
General manager, Global Public Sector, IBM. The experienced IBM leader continues to rise, most recently taking over all of the giant’s public-sector work.

Wes Bush
CEO, Northrop Grumman. The decision by the new head of Northrop to move the company’s headquarters to the Washington area—creating a bidding war among Virginia, Maryland, and the District, eventually won by Falls Church—was a coup. It was also a recognition of the importance of the government IT sector, where Linda Mills heads Northrop’s $8.4-billion-a-year information-systems business.

Edward J. Casey Jr.
CEO, Serco (North America). A former energy executive, Casey has led Serco through two successful acquisitions since 2006 and has grown the company into more than a billion dollars in revenue.

Pablo Chavez and Mike Bradshaw
Managing policy counsel and director (respectively) of Google Federal, Google. Google’s presence is expanding yearly in Washington—its $5.2 million in lobbying expenses last year was up by nearly a third from 2009. Chavez, a former John McCain aide, is one of the leading Silicon Valley voices on Capitol Hill, and Bradshaw is the face of Google in the federal sector.

Linda Gooden
Executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions. With more than $10 billion in annual sales, Gooden oversees a business roughly the size of Cambodia’s GDP.

Walter P. Havenstein
CEO, SAIC. The newish leader of the region’s biggest government-technology contractor, with 17,500 local employees, is seen as a breath of fresh air, raising employee morale. He’s also a leader in education, chairing the nonprofit FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

Fred Humphries
Vice president, US government affairs, Microsoft. The top representative of the Redmond, Washington, software giant is, along with Ed Ingle, a powerful voice in DC.

Bruce Klein
Senior vice president, US public-sector theater, Cisco. One of the largest providers of networking products to the government, Klein manages an extensive portfolio.

Matthew O’Connell
CEO, GeoEye. High-quality satellite images once were the exclusive domain of a handful of governments, but now GeoEye’s work is provided through Google, Yahoo!, and Bing to any computer user in the world.

David W. Thompson
Cofounder and CEO, Orbital. The commercial space-launch company, which has its own space facility off of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, will grow only more critical as NASA wraps up the space-shuttle program.

Alan Merten
President of George Mason University. The IT world continues to hunger for employees, and this higher-education leader is providing thousands of educated students.

Prince – Baby I’m a Star
Congratulations to all of these pioneers in the GEOINT sector! And in your honor, we have decided to showcase a live version of Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U/Baby I’m a Star” medley from Purple Rain. We hope you enjoy!

Prince – I would die 4 U/ Baby I’m a Star from mark Daley on Vimeo.

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