19 Oct 2009
Mr. Stu Shea, USGIF CEO and Chairman: “Build the Community, Accelerate Innovation and Advance the Tradecraft”
Mr. Stu Shea, USGIF CEO and Chairman, followed Jeff “Skunk” Baxter’s most heart rendering guitar playing by setting stage for what will be a most worthwhile three days. One point that resonated clearly was Mr. Shea’s mention of how we work for the men and women who risk their lives every day to protect our great nation. We are all very fortunate to engage in such meaningful work. There is a reason we are a proud community – and we will be featuring stories throughout the week on this blog that aim to reinforce this feeling.
The Honorable Jeffrey K Harris served as the master of ceremonies and came to the stage after Mr. Stu Shea. Mr. Harris highlighted how GEOINT has become mainstream and it has become double-click easy. GEO-enabled applications are ubiquitous and how interoperability is key and to making this technology more seamless and effectiveness. He also highlighted how collaborative communities are driving true change in the intelligence community. It’s all about collaboration and having everyone meet in the middle to do the right thing.
One exciting thing that Mr. Harris highlighted was how MIT super star students Oliver Yeh and Justin Lee were officially at GEOINT 2009. If you have not listened to our exclusive podcasts with Mr. Yeh and Mr. Lee, click here.
Mr. Harris discussed the need to address the global security challenges when it comes to the environment and how the next generation of GEOINTer are already thinking differently about this important issue. We applaud any effort in this regard.
Finally, Mr. Harris discussed how USGIF wants the panels to be truly interactive. As such, if you have questions, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org, or text “GEOINT” 388873