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NGA warns U.S. lead in geospatial intelligence is being challenged

2 Mar 2021, 21:59 UTC
NGA warns U.S. lead in geospatial intelligence is being challenged
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WASHINGTON — The United States is in a “great power competition” and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency is being challenged to provide faster and better products and services, the agency’s deputy director Stacey Dixon said March 2.
To speed up innovation, NGA wants to expand its supplier base and bring more entrepreneurs and academics into the fold, officials said at the NGA Industry Strategy Summit 2021, a virtual conference watched by a large audience of agency employees and contractors.
“We’re asking for your help to help us reimagine the geoint enterprise,” said Dixon. “We need to be able to deliver at the speed of mission need.”
A component of the U.S. intelligence community, NGA provides satellite imagery and other geospatial data to the U.S. military, allies and homeland security agencies.
NGA last year launched an innovation strategy it calls “moonshot” to convey the message that the United States is in a geoint arms race and that a concerted effort is needed to win.
“Moonshot for us is way more than a buzzword,” said Dixon. “It all started because of a need to focus on the reemergence of great power competition. We need to think big not only ...

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