NGA taps Lockheed for geospatial intel

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has awarded a contract estimated to be worth approximately $20 million over five years to Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems and Global Services, which will develop a pilot program for demand-based geospatial intelligence.

The goal of DBGI is to provide federal agencies access to the most recent geospatial intelligence data immediately upon demand and in a format appropriate for the user's needs. Currently, NGA produces hard-copy maps using large-format, five-color offset lithographic presses. This process has been necessary to meet military requirements that charts and maps be printed in specific spot colors to ensure readability in poor lighting conditions.

Under the contract's statement of work, Lockheed Martin is tasked to 'give customers the capability of content staging, supply chain management and digital, wide-format, high-volume hardcopy output.'

The DBGI project is an early stage of NGA's Transforming the Dissemination Environment program, which will eventually allow clients to access geospatial intelligence via a storefront portal.

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