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18 Apr 2011

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Monday Morning News Kick Off: The President’s Daily Map; NSA Pursues Intelligence-Sharing Architecture; and Microsoft Launches Street View Rival

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Welcome to the Monday Morning News Kick Off post from got geoint? As always, we hope you had a restful weekend and are ready to dive backing into your professional lives. For this morning’s MMNKO (still love that acronym) post, we have eclectic/mixed-bag of stories — from Microsoft launching a Google Street View rival to Brazilian police using “RoboCop style” sunglasses to detect criminals — for you to peruse as you gear up for the work week. So, as we always say, fire up that second cup of coffee and read on. Happy Monday!

The President’s Daily Map
With the appointment of the new Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James R. Clapper, we have a unique opportunity to apply a new approach to conveying national security information to the Commander in Chief. DNI Clapper is often described as the father of Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT). In an earlier job, DNI Clapper coined the term Geospatial Intelligence, and even renamed and reorganized an intelligence agency around the concept. This was not to establish yet another intelligence “stovepipe”, but to provide an integrative framework for all intelligence and operational national security information. Under his watch, it became common to hear every speaker in the national security community say things like “All Actionable Intelligence Exists in Space and Time” — a truism that has become accepted wisdom by all national security professionals. The map became accepted as the common frame of reference for all national security knowledge. Read the full Huffington Post piece by USGIF board member Chris Tucker here.

NSA Pursues Intelligence-Sharing Architecture
The CIO of the National Security Agency is focusing on IT architecture and using what he calls a “cloud-centric” approach in the agency’s effort to improve its information sharing with other intelligence agencies. “Some people say we’ve just got to get better tools. Well, tools come and tools go,” says NSA CIO Lonny Anderson, in an interview with InformationWeek at NSA’s National Cryptologic Museum in Fort Meade, Md. “The key is architecture. You build an architecture, then it doesn’t matter that tools come and go. There’s no doubt in my mind that when we connect architectures, we’ll never look back.” Read the full InformationWeek article here.

CSA Sees Network as Army’s Future in War
In meeting the demands of conflict, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey knows the American Soldiers’ ability to adapt and learn will overcome the enemy. Dempsey became the 37th Army chief of staff April 11, 2011. Although he is nearly 60, he says he understands the new generation of Soldier. “I read recently that a young man or woman is likely to have had four jobs between the time they graduate high school or college until they turn 34. I think this generation thinks differently about what longevity is and what continuity is. I think they embrace adaptation far more easily than my generation does. Dempsey knows, based on his own children’s lives, that the new generation wants to sit in the middle of an open field with a smart phone, be by themselves, but be connected to the world. Read the full ARNEWS article here.

Microsoft Launches UK Mapping Service to Rival Google Street View
Starting in London, Microsoft has begun taking photographs of the UK for its street-level mapping service, Streetside. Using Bing Maps, Microsoft’s Streetside is set to rival Google’s similar service, Street View. Digital mapping firm, Navteq is collecting imagery and location data using 360-degree cameras mounted on cars. Microsoft has developed its own privacy policy to safeguard individual privacy and security rights. “Street-level imagery and Bing maps were designed with security and privacy concerns in mind. Our mapping products comply with applicable laws governing the acquisition and publishing of imagery. Specifically, we use automated software and advanced algorithms to detect and blur faces and license plates to protect individual privacy,” said Microsoft. Read the full ComputerWeekly article here.

ITT’s Commercial Imaging Payload Passes Major Milestone
ITT reached a key milestone with the successful completion of the Critical Design Review (CDR) for the imaging payload for WorldView-3, DigitalGlobe’s high-resolution commercial Earth imaging satellite. WorldView-3 will combine the most productive high resolution commercial sensor subsystem available with a highly accurate and stable optical telescope unit. “ITT has been recognized as the aerospace industry’s leading imaging payload provider for more than 50 years,” said Rob Mitrevski, vice president and general manager of ITT’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance systems business area. Read the full SpaceDaily article here.

Spy Satellites Watch Ancient Ruins
Indiana Jones seems a bit more like James Bond in archaeology these days, with the intrepid explorers of the ancient world growing ever more fond of high-tech tools. Everything from laser mapping to radioactive dating has been added to the spadework that once defined archaeology. One that might make the most difference? Spy satellites. “The ability to survey substantial amounts of remote structures from space is immensely appealing,” said Stony Brook University archaeologist Elizabeth Stone, at the recent Society for American Archaeology meeting in Sacramento. “Entire, unsuspected building sites can suddenly be seen,” Stone said, displaying new views of Iraq’s 3000 B.C. city of Kish, (” the first city founded after the Flood,” basically the Sumerian version of Noah’s flood in cuneiform records) at the meeting. Read the full USA Today article here.

Brazilian Police Using RoboCop Style Sunglasses To Detect Criminals
Police in Brazil will soon start testing a new pair of sunglasses that will help them identify criminals, the sunglasses are dubbed the ‘RoboCop glasses’ and they feature a camera built in that will use augmented reality to check faces in the crowd against Brazil’s criminal database. The glasses are capable of scanning about 400 faces per second at a distance of up to 50 yards, and they then compare 46,000 biometric points on a persons face, the information is then compared against their criminal database. Read the full Geeky Gadgets post here.

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Announces Hiring Event;Targeted Positions in St. Louis and Washington
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has announced a national hiring event beginning April 18 through May 13. Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews at the end July for the following entry-level positions in support of NGA’s global mission: Intelligence Analysis and Scientific field • Imagery Intelligence Analyst • Geospatial Analyst • Imagery Scientist • Political Geographer • Project Scientist • Regional Geographer Program Administration field • Accountant • Contract Specialist – DAWIA • Counterintelligence Officers • HD Consultant • Recruiter Information Technology field • Enterprise Account Manager • Information Assurance Officer • Information Security Specialist • Systems Engineer Interested candidates should apply online at http://www.nga.mil.

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