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Director releases open letter to industry partners


As the new Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), I want to convey my belief that industry and NGA form a powerful partnership that is critical to protecting national security. Industry is an essential element of Team NGA that makes this Agency a superb high-performance, customer-focused enterprise. In fact, approximately 70 percent of our base budget is used for commercial purposes — for contracts, grants, and services.

We count on you to provide the sound tools, advanced technology, sophisticated techniques, and specialized expertise that enable Team NGA to provide decisive mission consequence for our customers — policymakers, warfighters, intelligence analysts, and first responders. Simply, we can do what we do only with your lasting commitment to our shared mission.

Now, we have a profound opportunity to help rally NGA and our Community around our true compass — and the ultimate objective of all of our actions — consequence. All of our efforts should be focused on providing our customers with the insights, understanding, foreknowledge, and meaningful results that allow them to succeed in their mission.

In my experience, the best outcomes result from focusing on delivering what the customer needs. I am committed to working with you under fair, open, and responsive business processes; opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses; and innovative solutions that will drive the right consequences for our customers.

Thank you for your partnership and your dedication to our nation’s defense. I look forward to working with you and sharing ideas about how Team NGA can better serve our customers.


Robert Cardillo