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19 Sep 2011

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Monday Morning News Kick Off: KH-9 Hexagon Spy Satellite Makes a Rare Public Appearance; Evolution of American Intel Post 9/11; and the NRO Turns 50

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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 spent with family and friends. But just as the summer sun eventually fades, so too does the weekend. But fret not fearless GEOINTers, you always have the MMNKO post to help ease your transition back into the working world on Monday Morning. So, as we always say, fire up that second cup of coffee and read on. Happy Monday!

KH-9 Hexagon Spy Satellite Makes a Rare Public Outing
On Saturday, the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar Hazy Center put a KH-9 “Hexagon” spy satellite on public display for one day only.

U.S. Air Force Approves Boeing Satellite
Production, launch and on-orbit activation of Boeing’s seventh Wideband Global Satcom satellite has been authorized by the U.S. Air Force for $1.09 billion.

The Evolution of American Intelligence and National Security in the Decade since 9/11
GEOINT 2011 keynote speaker Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI) recently spoke at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. Here’s the transcript of his speech.

NRO Maintains Nation’s Intel Satellite Edge
The National Reconnaissance Office is 50 years old this month, but its mission of designing, building, launching and maintaining America’s intelligence satellites remains future focused.

Spy Satellites Are On Time, On Budget; NRO Uncloaks Two Old Birds
Every one of the NRO’s programs is on time and on budget. We look forward to hearing more about this at GEOINT 2011.

SECAF Helps NGA Celebrate Air Force Birthday
The relationship between the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the Air Force was lauded last week during NGA’s celebration of the service’s 64th birthday at the agency headquarters in Springfield, Va.

BRAC 2005: On time, On Budget in Northeast
Last week marked the end of the DoD’s six-year Base Realignment and Closure 2005 program, which was the largest infrastructure investment program the U.S. Army has seen since World War II.

Latest Tumbling Satellite Fails to Warrant Space Intercept: U.S. Officials
An out-of-control NASA satellite is expected to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere in the next couple of weeks, but U.S. officials say they have determined that the risk to humans does not warrant a preemptive interception.

Japan May Launch New Spy Satellite
The Japanese government is planning on putting a new intelligence satellite into orbit with an H-IIA rocket after postponing the launch twice because of a rocket glitch and a typhoon.

GeoEye and TerraGo Technologies Form Innovation Partnership
UAGIF member companies TerraGoTechnologies and GeoEye have formed a partnership that enables GeoEye to offer TerraGo’s GeoPDF production capabilities in the next version of its EyeQ online access platform. Be sure to check out this solution at GEOINT 2011 in GeoEye booth 413 and TerraGo booth 567.

CIA Protects PCs From Prying Eyes
The CIA is investing in security technology that protects PCs from so-called visual eavesdroppers in an effort to prevent key intelligence information from falling into the wrong hands.

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