23 Aug 2010
Monday Morning News Kick Off: Robert Cardillo to Boost Collaboration for ODNI; Clapper Brings Sense of Humor to Job; SAIC Wins TASER Contract
Welcome to the Monday Morning News Kick Off post from got geoint? As always, we hope you had a restful weekend and were able to spend time with family, friends and loved ones. It seems that 2010 has been a major year for the IC. General Clapper is the new DNI. Letitia Long now heads the NGA. And, Robert Cardillo will now be serving in a deputy role at the ODNI. Be sure to check out our 2009 podcast with Mr. Cardillo here. And of course, be sure to fire up that second cup of coffee and read on.
New Intelligence Chief Clapper Brings Sense of Humor to Serious Job
Let no one accuse the nation’s new director of national intelligence of lacking a sense of humor. In a PowerPoint briefing of senior staff last week, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper outlined his sober vision: to unite the traditionally separate missions of intelligence collection and analysis and to shrink and flatten the intelligence bureaucracy. But he included a slide of the hood ornament from a Mack truck. Below the image was this phrase: “the only surviving sound-bite from 3+ hours.” It was a wry reference to one of his more-memorable utterances from his July confirmation hearing, in which he pledged not to be a “titular figurehead or a hood ornament.” Read the full Washington Post article here.
Director of National Intelligence Names Deputy to Boost Collaboration
After just two weeks on the job, the nation’s new intelligence chief has taken his first step toward further integrating the intelligence community. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced Friday that he is creating the position of deputy director for intelligence integration. In a written statement, Clapper said the new position is designed “to elevate information sharing and collaboration” between those who collect intelligence and those who analyze it. Robert Cardillo, the deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, will assume the new position late next month, Clapper’s statement said. Be sure to check out our 2009 podcast with Mr. Cardillo. And, here’s the full CNN article.
US Spy Mapping Agency: Only Google Can Meet Our Needs or a New Project
The United States’ National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has announced that it intends to make Google the “sole-source” for the NGA’s Geospatial Visualization Enterprises Services project. A “sole-source” provider means that the NGA believes that Google is the only qualified provider and is the only company that can bid on the project. The announcement was made yesterday and competitors have until August 24 to voice their objections to this decision. The NGA’s Geospatial Visualization Enterprises Services contract is for a, “secured, hosted environment that provides web-based access to geospatial visualization services and Open Geospatial Consortium complaint web service interfaces.” Read the full The Next Web post here.
SAIC Wins NGA Contract
The U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency will receive engineering and other support from Science Applications International Corp. SAIC said in a news release Thursday the Total Application Services for Enterprise Requirements contract is a multiple-award vehicle with a five-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity base period. The total value of the multiple contract is $1 billion for all awardees. Congrats to SAIC. Here’s the full UPI article.