What is CGA?
The Commercial GEOINT Activity (CGA) is a partnership between the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Borne of a collective vision of NGA and NRO leadership, CGA will position both agencies to take full advantage of legacy and emerging commercial GEOINT capabilities to satisfy mission needs and maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of the overhead architecture. Technology advances are spurring greater commoditization of imagery collection and analysis and reducing barriers to market entry, fueling worldwide demand for geospatial intelligence.
This environment presents an unprecedented opportunity for the US government to capitalize on existing and emerging commercial GEOINT capabilities to further our national security mission. CGA is organized along three over-arching functional areas, including:
Stakeholder Engagement - CGA will be a focal point for engagement with the commercial imagery industry to understand legacy and emerging capabilities against customer needs and requirements.
Capability Assessment - CGA will lead the development and application of a framework to assess the technical capabilities of emerging commercial providers. It will advise each agency on the value proposition related to mission utility and help inform and synchronize NGA and NRO decisions related to the acquisition of commercial imagery capabilities.
Policy - CGA will help shape US remote sensing policy given emerging commercial capabilities and the new space environment.
What is the CGA Leaderboard?
CGA directors unveiled the CGA Leaderboard in a presentation at the 2017 USGIF GEOINT Symposium. The Leaderboard is the centerpiece of CGA’s assessment framework and represents a first-of-its-kind concept to increase transparency about the government’s mission needs and give the government a better understanding of the commercial GEOINT industry’s capabilities to meet those needs.
A company submits standardized data via the GEOINT Solutions Marketplace (GSM) which CGA then processes against a series of use cases or functional profiles for performance fit, as well as criteria related to ease of integration into the GEOINT architecture, system resiliency, and business maturity. Based on assessment results, CGA may then recommend a company for a demonstration, a mission utility study or further discussion.
Please visit the Leaderboard, set up a GSM profile and start populating it with your company’s data.
CGA welcomes interest and input from current and potential industry partners and community stakeholders.
Please reach out to us at one of the addresses in the "Contact Us" section to the right, and let us know about your commercial GEOINT offerings.
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- NGA Director Robert Cardillo
“There is a very exciting future for these commercial GEOINT providers, and the NRO and NGA want to work with industry and make the smart decisions over the coming months and years. The new CGA partnership presents a great opportunity for us to provide a coordinated voice and integrated approach to our industry partners.”
- NRO Director Betty Sapp