27 Jul 2009
Monday Morning News Kick Off: ODNI Seeks More Input from Private Sector, Intergraph Greater China 2009 and Much More
My how the weeks fly by in the summer. Here we are again. It’s Monday morning. You are probably on your third cup of coffee and it is business time. What better way to kick off your week than to catch up on all the latest stories that impact what we do? So, welcome to the Monday Morning News Kick Off post. From political news about the intelligence community to industry news, we cover a wide range of items in this week’s post. Scroll down and enjoy.
Hayden Calls Inspector General’s Report Hasty
Former CIA Director Michael Hayden penned an Op-Ed that ran in yesterday’s NY Times about the inspector general’s report on the warrantless wiretapping program that was in full swing post 9/11. Haydan said the report “has led some to make hasty and deeply flawed judgments about the value and legality of what was a critical part of protecting America from further attack after Sept. 11.” Read the full Op-Ed here.
ODNI Sees More Input From Private Sector
U.S. intelligence agencies will seek more input from the private sector and outside experts such as academics to support core spy agencies, according to the Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair. Last week at a Chamber of Commerce event, Blair described a future in which intelligence professionals remained at the center but outside elements also provided expertise. Read more here.
Obama Administration Taken to Task for Paying Insufficient Attention to Geospatial Policy
Last week, House members and hearing witnesses today took the Obama administration to task for paying insufficient heed to the need to develop a coordinated federal policy for geospatial information. At the hearing held Thursday morning by the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) criticized the Office of Management and Budget for failing to appear. Here’s what he said “I am certain that their testimony on this issue would be particularly enlightening,” said Lamborn. “OMB must have decided that the issue was not important enough to participate in this hearing.” Read more here.
Most Influential Geospatial Person Award
Our friends at Directions Magazine recently ran the results of its most influential geospatial person survey. There were over 1,000 votes and of the 22 nominees, the top 10 are listed here. Jack Dangermond, president of ESRI, received the most voted. He was closely followed by Steve Coast, founder of Cloudmade and OpenStreetMap and the founders and current chief geospatial technologist from Google. Read more here.
Intergraph Greater China 2009 Kicks Off
Too bad the editorial staff of got geoint? was unable to fly over to China this week to cover the Intergraph Greater China 2009 event. The conference brings together Greater China’s top businesses, governments and organizations for two days of informative sessions and networking among industry leaders. The event is being held July 27 – 28 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Beijing. Read more here.
USDA Releases Cropland Data Layer (CDL) Images
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) today released new satellite images depicting agricultural land cover for the 2008 crop year. The images, referred to as the Cropland Data Layer (CDL), identify geospatial crop locations in three U.S. regions: the Mid-Atlantic and, for the first time, the Southwest and Southeast. Read more here.
Tags: Cropland Data Layer, Directions Magazine, GEOINT, Intergraph, Intergraph Greater China 2009, Most Influential Geospatial Person, ODNI, ODNI Blair, U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service, United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, USDA, USGIF