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03 May 2012

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Amateur Astrophotographers Tracking Spy Satellites in the Sky

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While the idea of GEOINT centers around tracking assets on the ground from the skies, there is a new DIY movement where amateur astrophotographers are doing the opposite: tracking satellites as the orbit the globe. And, yes, this does include the tracking of spy satellites. These DIYers recently recorded the NRO’s Lacrosse 5 satellite doing a what Boing Boing calls a “disappearance trick,” where the satellite periodically vanishes for several seconds.

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26 Mar 2012

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Monday Morning News Kick Off: NRO Launching New Satellite; GEOINT Goes from Land to Sea; and the Secret to Managing LiDAR Data

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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. Just as the sun always rises and sets, so too does Monday mornings — they are inevitable. But, the transition into the work week just got a little bit easier with our MMNKO post, which provides all the actionable news you need to kick start the work week. So, as we always say, fire up that second cup of coffee and read on.

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08 Mar 2012

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Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) to Hold Space Budget Hearing Today

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At 1 p.m. today in the Rayburn House Office Building, the Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) will hold a hearing on the FY2013 budget request for national security space activities. The scheduled witnesses are General William L. Shelton, USAF Commander, Air Force Space Command; Mr. Gil I. Klinger, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Space and Intelligence; Ambassador Gregory L. Schulte, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Space Policy; and Ms. Betty J. Sapp, Principal Deputy Director, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Bob Butterworth, former senior advisor to leader of Space Command, recently penned an Op-Ed for AOL Defense that makes a strong case for not trimming the budget that was published in advance of this hearing.

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21 Oct 2011

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Friday’s Food for Thought: Reliving Every Glorious GEOINT 2011 Moment Caught On Video

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Welcome to the Friday’s Food for Thought post from got geoint? By now, many of you have made it back home, perhaps even caught up on some rest and are ready to reflect on all the exciting moments from GEOINT 2011. And, perhaps due to the whirlwind of working your booths, meeting with colleagues and networking in general, you may have missed a few moments. Well, fret not fellow GEOINTers. We have pulled together the complete GEOINT 2011 video collection here — from beginning to end. We have it all right here. So, sit back and enjoy the ride as we relive all of the glory that was GEOINT 2011. Also, be sure to check out more videos at GEOINTv.com Finally, don’t miss Jeff “Skunk” Baxter’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner in the Presentation of the Colors/Opening Ceremony video. You will get goose bumps.

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18 Oct 2011

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GEOINT 2011 Keynote Video: Bruce A. Carlson, NRO Director, Highlights Future Challenges and Goals

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Bruce A. Carlson, Director of the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), highlighted key challenges and future strategies for the future of the NRO, which included driving down costs while effectively servicing the warfighter. The NRO is also planning on launching four additional satellites in 2012 from the agency’s small-satellite program. Be sure to check out Carlson’s full keynote address here.

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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!

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23 Mar 2011

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GEOINT 2011 First Round of Speakers Announced – Biggest Leaders of Community Already On Deck

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It’s usually around the March timeframe that we start having GEOINT Symposium withdrawals. Seriously, when else can everyone in the community get together and learn from the highest echelon of leaders, network with colleagues, customers, partners and friends — and experience something truly unique (think GEOINT 2010 and the Super Dome)? Well, just when you think you have had enough of winter and need a shot of inspiration, USGIF just announced the first round of keynote speakers for GEOINT 2011, taking place back in San Antonio this year. Let’s just say that if this is the first round of speakers being announced, then USGIF opened the first set with nothing but a string of hits. Read the full post to see the list of confirmed (to date) speakers for GEOINT 2011.

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09 Dec 2010

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Thursday News Round Up: Gitmo Repeat Offenders On Rise; and When’s the WikiLeaks Movie Coming Out?

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Every so often there is just too much news to share from the GEOINT sector — and this is a good thing. Today is one of those days. Of course one of the biggest stories is about the WikiLeaks cyber warriors who are taking a direct shot at web sites such as MasterCard.com and Amazon.con in a retaliatory measure. All this WikiLeaks intrigue makes us wonder: when is the WikiLeaks movie coming out? Truth is stranger than fiction on this one (for sure). Be sure to check out a compilation of other news in this post that — when you read it — will push you to the top of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Well, that may be a stretch, but our news round up will certainly make you smarter and sexier. Guaranteed. Happy Thursday!

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17 Nov 2010

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The Official Keynote Highlights Video from GEOINT 2010

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We are all huge fans of highlight videos. ESPN has built a legacy on providing sports highlight videos that never cease to inform, entertain and enlighten. USGIF has taken a similar approach with its GEOINTv keynote highlight video from GEOINT 2010. And, this year’s line up of speakers was comprised of the most senior leaders in defense and intelligence. So, check out this highlights video that features key moments from the presentations from the Honorable James R. Clapper Jr., Director of National Intelligence; Gen. Bruce Carlson, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Director, National Reconnaissance Office; Ms. Caryn A. Wagner, Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, Department of Homeland Security and many more.

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23 Sep 2010

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An Inside Look at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)

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We all know that the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) has shied away from opening their doors to the media. In fact, it is a place where very few cameras ever go. Until now that is. Fox 5 in Washington DC was able to gain access into the NRO and did, what we think, is a fine job in showcasing the NRO. Hey, they even got an interview with Bruce Carlson, NRO Director. With all the changes happening at the NRO — the Sept 20 launch of a security satellite and the new charter — it is no wonder the NRO has invested some of its resources into public relations. And be sure to check out Bruce Carlson speak at GEOINT 2010 and if you missed GEOINT 2009, you can see last year’s speech here. We have the full video segment from Fox 5 embedded in this post. We hope you check it out.

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