NGA updates its strategy

Originally posted March 16 at 2:08 p.m., and updated March 19 at 11:30 a.m.

(UPDATED) The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has released its 2007 'Statement of Strategic Intent," spelling out the priorities for the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG):
  • Unify NGA and the National System for Geospatial Intelligence and strengthen its partnerships across the intelligence community;
  • Advance the geospatial intelligence mission, 'help win the fight;' and
  • Attract, challenge and retain the highest quality workforce in first-class working environments.

The NSG is comprised of all the intelligence agencies that contribute, use and maintain geospatial information. While the NGA is the lead agency for geospatial data, the strategy outlined in the plan sets the direction for the entire community.

The plan includes building, populating and maintaining a 'Geospatial-Intelligence Knowledge Base,' a 'virtual central repository' for geospatial intelligence data and information.

The strategy also outlines its intention to develop a research and development 'road map,' aligned with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's Scientific and Technical Plan, to pursue technology breakthroughs that can address enduring problems in securing intelligence.

The document stresses its intention to make use of all sources of geospatial information, including commercial, foreign and national satellite collection, and to speed up establishing standards for sensor data, metadata, compression formats and file identifiers, to facilitate information sharing.

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