GCN Tech Blog

By GCN Staff

Blog archive

DHS shares satellite imagery

One criticism we've heard, right or wrongly, about the Department of Homeland Security's information sharing efforts is that they could be--how do we say this in tech speak?--half-duplex affairs. Meaning, you can share your data with DHS, but don't hold your breath waiting for some back.

Well, contrary to all this unbridled gossip, the Wall Street Journal reports that DHS will now start sharing spy-satellite imagery of the U.S. with outside law enforcement bodies. The move is part of an initiative sparked by Michael McConnell, the Director of National Intelligence, to allow DHS access to imagery formerly only accessible by intelligence agencies.

"Access to the high-tech surveillance tools would, for the first time, allow Homeland Security and law-enforcement officials to see real-time, high-resolution images and data, which would allow them, for example, to identify smuggler staging areas, a gang safehouse, or possibly even a building being used by would-be terrorists to manufacture chemical weapons," The WSJ reports.

By October, DHS will set up a new branch-- the National Applications Office ' to control dissemination of the imagery.

Posted by Joab Jackson on Aug 16, 2007 at 9:39 AM


Featured

  • Telecommunications
    Stock photo ID: 658810513 By asharkyu

    GSA extends EIS deadline to 2023

    Agencies are getting up to three more years on existing telecom contracts before having to shift to the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions vehicle.

  • Workforce
    Shutterstock image ID: 569172169 By Zenzen

    OMB looks to retrain feds to fill cyber needs

    The federal government is taking steps to fill high-demand, skills-gap positions in tech by retraining employees already working within agencies without a cyber or IT background.

  • Acquisition
    GSA Headquarters (Photo by Rena Schild/Shutterstock)

    GSA to consolidate multiple award schedules

    The General Services Administration plans to consolidate dozens of its buying schedules across product areas including IT and services to reduce duplication.

Stay Connected

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.