NGA appeals to industry for collaboration

“We want to partner with you to build the most effective and useful GEOINT environment of the future,” NGA Chief Operating Officer Ellen McCarthy told GEOINT Symposium attendees during the April 15 NGA Strategy and Future Vision panel.

The session kicked off more than a dozen related presentations at the first-ever Government Pavilion Stage, a new venue offering attendees an opportunity to interact with NGA representatives who are directly responsible for implementing the programs and initiatives they discussed. Among the topics addressed, was a new GEOINT Solutions Marketplace, which will be launched later this spring to allow industry innovators to post capabilities and respond to business opportunities for collaboration with the agency.

“Our industry partnerships underpin and support virtually every area of NGA’s mission and operations,” said Karyn Hayes-Ryan, the NGA program director responsible for information technology services oversight of the National System for Geospatial Intelligence. She said the new GSM will ensure “a more efficient and effective approach to engage with NGA to share, explore and shape innovative ideas and solutions.”

The GSM will both provide transparency into NGA’s vision for the future and offer access to information needed to reduce development and integration timelines and costs. Through the site, developers will be able to access toolkits, standards and design patterns, said Hayes-Ryan.

Solutions are being sought to assist the agency in providing customers easier and better online access to GEOINT knowledge, products and services, explained Geoff Fowler, director of NGA’s Xperience directorate, which is focused on evolving the NGA user’s customer experience. Fowler’s team is working to ensure NGA’s online solutions, which ultimately will be offered through a single access point known as The Globe, will comprise the first place our nation’s decision-makers, warfighters and first responders turn to for integrated insights on world events.

Guiding NGA’s efforts, McCarthy stressed, is NGA’s strategy and vision for the future, both of which focus on the integration of intelligence across the defense and intelligence communities. She said GEOINT is the foundation upon which NGA and its partners “layer and synthesize intelligence information to build a common, integrated intelligence environment.”

Among the innovations NGA is looking to industry to provide are solutions in the areas of business analytics and web metrics, big-data solutions, and technical tools and solutions for layering and integrating content and data to broaden and deepen the agency’s analytic capabilities.

“We have not made this progress without your support, and we won’t go farther without it either,” McCarthy told the industry attendees. “Only together can we do this.”