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NGA partners with USGS in geospatial sciences

By Regina Galvin, Office of Corporate Communications

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey announced Nov.10 the establishment of the Centers for Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences program.

Through this partnership the agencies will work with academia to encourage two- and four-year institutions, including research universities, to participate in the CAE GS program.

The program is designed to build, strengthen and cultivate the current and future geospatial sciences workforce for the U.S. government and is aligned with the country’s geospatial mission imperatives, said Lenora Gant, Ph.D., senior executive for NGA academic outreach and science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“We need a workforce with the right mix of emerging skills, education, knowledge and technical competencies to keep America on the leading edge of GEOINT,” said Gant. “The CAE GS program will broaden and deepen our analytic expertise through a workforce armed with state-of-the-art geospatial sciences knowledge, content processing, tradecraft methodologies and R&D technologies.”

Kari Craun, director of the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center, is encouraged by the potential for geospatial advancement through the agencies collaborative efforts with academia, she said.

"The USGS strongly supports the concept of the centers of academic excellence in geospatial information science,” said Craun. “The developed knowledge units and focus areas provide a basis for universities to assess their capability in this area and improve their education and training for the geospatial workforce.

“We look forward to designating the first centers of academic excellence and working with them to develop the geospatial workforce of the future," said Craun.

Applications for academic institutions are now available at and must be submitted by Feb. 28.