01 Feb 2010
Monday Morning News Kick Off: Israel to Launch New Spy Satellite; 2009 Review of GEOINT Stocks and Much More
Happy Monday. It seems that we are in the throws of Winter with nearly 70 percent of the country covered in snow as we speak. So, what does this have to do with Monday? Well, think about it…Monday and Winter are both relatively unpleasant parts of life that most of us like to avoid, but alas we can’t. Winter will keep coming and so will Mondays. So why not embrace Mondays with our ever popular Monday Morning News Kick Off post? As we always say, fire up that second cup of coffee and read on.
Target Acquired: The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
You don’t need to be a satellite manufacturer to have a value proposition for the NGA. They are a large agency that has a diverse mission and a long list of constituents. Their data and telecom networks pass bits generally the same way other corporate nets pass information, so as with all the IC agencies, you can divide their needs into two categories: mission specific (geospatial analysis and production) and IT support infrastructure (i.e., databases, applications, networks and systems (DANS)). What makes selling to the NGA different? One quickly needs to examine how they engage the public. Read more of this post at the AFCEA Intel Small Business blog here.
CIA Ops Moonlight in Corporate World
In the midst of two wars and the fight against Al Qaeda, the CIA is offering operatives a chance to peddle their expertise to private companies on the side — a policy that gives financial firms and hedge funds access to the nation’s top-level intelligence talent, POLITICO has learned. In one case, these active-duty officers moonlighted at a hedge-fund consulting firm that wanted to tap their expertise in “deception detection,” the highly specialized art of telling when executives may be lying based on clues in a conversation. Read the full Politico story here.
2009 Review of Publicly Traded Geospatial Stocks
Our friends at Directions Magazine recently ran their annual review of publicly traded geospatial stocks. Joe Francica, Editor-in-Chief had this to say: “From the 2008 “crash and burn” to the phoenix-like rise from the ashes in 2009, it has been quite a long journey. Few would have foreseen a strong finishing kick above 10,500 by December 31st when the stock market first dove into the abyss below 7,000 on the Dow last March. Such volatility surely leaves investors wondering whether a “bull” or “bear” market will emerge in 2010.” Read more here.
Israel Set to Launch New Spy Satellite
In an effort to beef up intelligence gathering in the face of Iran’s pursuit of nuclear power, will send a new spy satellite into space in the coming months, The Jerusalem Post has learned. Called Ofek 8, the satellite will be launched from and is currently in its final production stages at Israel Aerospace Industries. It will be placed in low orbit by the IAI-made Shavit launcher that was used for the Ofek 7 satellite in 2007. “This will significantly boost our intelligence-gathering capabilities,” a defense official said. Read the full Jerusalem Post article here.
Homeland Security Nuclear Detection Office Turns to Geospatial Routing
The Homeland Security Department’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office is adding geospatial routing technology to its data distribution system to improve threat monitoring and response capabilities across local, state and federal emergency management organizations. The office is using Solace Systems’ Geospatial Routing Blade, which gives the company’s Solace 3260 message routers the ability to distribute information based on geospatial coordinates contained within the data stream. The Solace routers will be used in conjunction with strategically placed sensors and applications responsible for recognizing threats and coordinating responses. Read the full GCN article here.
Defense Review Urges ‘More And Better’ Capabilities
the Pentagon’s much-anticipated Quadrennial Defense Review calls for heavier investments in helicopters, long-range strike aircraft and a slew of new technologies, including unmanned air, underwater and other vehicles, according to a copy of the report obtained by CongressDaily. The 105-page blueprint of the capabilities and requirements for the U.S. military going forward, which the Pentagon plans to release Monday, demands “more and better key enabling capabilities” to help U.S. forces in their current missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and provide a hedge against potential future adversaries. Read the full Government Executive article here.
Cyber Genome Program Launched to Bolster DOD Information Intelligence and Cyber Defense Capabilities
Information warfare experts in the Pentagon are asking industry for help in developing advanced cyber defense technologies to gather intelligence from digital artifacts of software, data, and computer users as part of a new research initiative called the Cyber Genome program. Scientists at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) released a broad agency announcement (DARPA-BAA-10-36) last week for the Cyber Genome program, which seeks to develop revolutionary cyber sleuthing technologies to help U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) law enforcement, counter intelligence, and cyber defense teams. Read the full Military and Aerospace Electronics article here.