Cardillo: The future is about automation. We estimated we would have to hire six million analysts to exploit all the imagery we’re getting.
NGA is modernizing its cloud architecture “to allow our analysts to live in the data."
Officials are working on a transition plan to transfer commercial imagery acquisition from NGA to NRO in fiscal year 2019.
NGA plans to continue adding datasets, tools and challenges to GEOWorks, the collaborative data sharing platform NGA Director Robert Cardillo unveiled Monday at the 2018 GEOINT Symposium.
NGA Director Cardillo: “I want the market to work … but government shouldn’t be their first customer. We should be their second customer.”
"We are trying to effectively link air, land, sea and space. The geospatial context on the ground may give you some type of indications and warning of something happening in space," said Chirag Parikh, director of NGA's Office of Source Strategies.
NRO aims to move fast by relying on commercial products, expanding internal research and development
“Commercial space will be fully leveraged in satisfying user needs and fully considered in the development of every future space system,” said NRO Director Betty Sapp. “Just as we do in other areas, we want to design only what we must and buy everything that we can.”
NASA expects to purchase Earth science data from constellations of commercial satellites early next year to see how useful they are in meeting the agency’s research needs.
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and National Reconnaissance Office are eager to compare their near-term needs with the capabilities of companies that obtain data from small satellites or have innovative ways of using space-based data to make sense of activity on the ground.
Facing increasing pressure from both industry and Congress, the head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency said the federal government is taking steps to streamline the licensing process for commercial remote sensing satellites.
“Our idea is to invest the data into the U.S. economy, U.S. companies, universities and inventors,” NGA Director Robert Cardillo said Aug. 7 at the annual Conference on Small Satellites. “We give data and get back data and technology in return.”
Planet has won a second contract to provide satellite imagery to the U.S. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), taking a sole-source award while UrtheCast, Orbital Insight and Sky Hawk Drone Services offered noncompetitive capability statements.
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The contract from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency seeks to allow analysts "to search and retrieve data from intelligence systems faster and more efficiently."
"We are looking for innovation. New companies spring up around great new ideas. We are looking for that kind of out-of-the-box thinking," Hughes said.
After years of relatively flat budgets, the Republican-controlled Congress and Trump administration might support increased spending for federal defense, intelligence and civil agency programs focused on geospatial intelligence, said Robert Cardillo, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.