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Technology Focus Areas

Purpose

Enabling Stronger Partnerships

The NGA Technology Focus Areas enable stronger partnerships between NGA, industry, academia, and other government and community partners around emerging geospatial technologies. It describes five primary themes for NGA’s focus on planned technology investments, outlines NGA’s enduring and future technology needs in these areas, and describes how industry can collaborate with NGA to meet these needs:

  1. Advanced analytics & modeling
  2. Data management
  3. Modern software engineering
  4. Artificial intelligence
  5. Future of work

Focus Area Details

Advanced Analytics & Modeling

Advanced analytics and modeling enable the discovery, assessment, understanding, measurement, enrichment, and use of geospatial data from around the world. The analytical capabilities of today’s global GEOINT enterprise continue to build a rich foundation of unstructured and structured information in multiple dimensions and formats. Driven by the availability of geospatial data and the advancement of artificial intelligence (AI), emerging machine-assisted processes, and access to the right mix of computing hardware are shaping the future of the GEOINT mission.

NGA analysts need to create mission-focused models that describe knowledge about an intelligence topic in a machine-readable format. These object- and relationship-centric models will allow analysts to identify collection opportunities, process and characterize multiple sources of GEOINT data, and monitor and infer activity and outcomes. An effective knowledge model will also enable analysts to create and test analytical hypotheses and conduct predictive and anticipatory analysis. These advancements will help NGA get the best product to the warfighter faster.

NGA’s Technology Focus Areas are shaped by analytical expertise monitoring enduring threats, assessing emerging issues through activity-based intelligence, and conducting extensive research on long-term intelligence topics. To address the increasing complexity of today’s challenges and prepare for the imperative of future power competitions, NGA is investing in advanced analytical and visualization capabilities. Incorporating augmented and virtual reality systems and 3D gaming technologies has the potential to unlock the ability of GEOINT professionals to synthesize incoming data that is ever-growing in scale and complexity and to produce new intelligence products for the warfighter. NGA’s specific needs in this area include:

ANALYTICAL MONITORING: NGA analysts need to conduct model-driven assessments of activities, the associated indicators, and their interrelationships across multiple domains to generate deterministic or probabilistic estimates of events.

ACTIVITY MONITORING: NGA analysts need to conduct model-driven assessments of activities, the associated indicators, and their interrelationships across multiple domains to generate deterministic or probabilistic estimates of events.

KNOWLEDGE MONITORING: NGA analysts need a way to describe an intelligence topic or challenge in order to process activity-based data for localization, characterization, correlation, and tracking of objects.

INSIGHTS-AS-A-SERVICE: NGA analysts need geospatial web services that feed analytic, detection, and monitoring insights into existing workflows to more quickly derive intelligence value from GEOINT.

SUPPLIER CAPABILITY EVALUATION: NGA source strategy analysts need decision aids to: 1) automatically evaluate the range of geospatial data supplier content and services available; and 2) recommend the optimal supplier offerings to effectively and efficiently satisfy needs based on cost, timeliness, and performance parameters.

IMMERSIVE PRODUCT GENERATION: NGA analysts need the ability to build immersive geospatial intelligence products for augmented and virtual reality systems to support their customers’ evolving needs.

ANALYTIC SUGGESTION SERVICE: NGA analysts need a user-friendly, machine assisted modeling capability able to recommend statistical approaches based on observed workflow data, to ensure they are aware of analytical options that may be of use.

CONTEXTUAL LEARNING: NGA teams need extended reality tools in order to leverage abstract information for intelligence products and training material.

GEOINT POLITICAL SCIENCES: NGA researchers need advancements in technology to improve the terrestrial/celestial reference frame, gravity, magnetics, manmade and natural feature extraction/attribution, and bathymetric, topographic, and infrastructure models in order to improve its ability to model the physical Earth.

Collaborating with NGA

There are a few initial steps all businesses, whether large or small, must take in order to do business with the federal government:

 

Register in the System for Award Management

SAM is a consolidated portal used across the U.S. government to conduct acquisition and financial assistance processes and share information on the latest solicitations. SAM is unclassified.

For additional information: https://sam.gov

 

Register in the Acquisition Resource Center (ARC)

ARC is a website used by the U.S. intelligence community to exchange information with industry about business opportunities and conduct source selection activities. ARC is both unclassified and classified.

For additional information: https://acq.westfields.net

 

Leverage Cross-Government Partnerships

Resources such as the General Services Administration (GSA) provide a wealth of resources and information on how you can partner with NGA. For example, the Commercial Initiative to Buy Operationally Responsive GEOINT, or CIBORG, is essentially a one-stop shop to meet the needs of its government clients as new commercial technologies and solutions rapidly increase in the Earth observation industry.

For additional information: https://www.gsa.gov

 

Explore Opportunities

NGA uses both Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)- and non-FAR-based agreements for partnering with non-Government entities. Through SAM and ARC, you will be able to stay on top of opportunities to work with NGA. Your thoughtful responses to FAR-based solicitations, such as Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) requests, Requests for Information (RFIs), and Requests for Proposals (RFPs), help us to understand your capabilities and make more informed decisions on our acquisitions.

For additional information:
https://www.nga.mil (innovative, non-FAR-based opportunities
https://www.nga.mil/resources/1601255207616_NGA_Academic_Research_Program.html (research and grant solicitations)

Collaboration Tools

Broad Agency Announcements

BAAs are used to solicit innovative ideas on basic and applied research. NGA uses BAAs to fulfill our requirements for scientific study and experimentation directed toward increasing knowledge and advancing the art of the possible. These are normally posted on SAM and/or the ARC.

Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA)

A CRADA is a low-risk, flexible, mutually beneficial opportunity to partner on a joint research and development project (R&D). Although this option does not provide funding, NGA and the partner can share resources, such as personnel, facilities, equipment, data, and intellectual property.

For additional information: Contact CRADA@nga.mil

Other Transactions Authority (OTA)

An OTA is a flexible acquisition tool to prototype projects that enhance the mission effectiveness of the DoD. Upon successful completion of a prototype, OTAs offer the option to award follow-on production.

For additional information: Contact OTA@nga.mil

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

NGA takes part in DoD’s SBIR program to fund early-stage R&D projects at small technology companies — projects that serve a DoD need and have the potential for commercialization in private sector and/or military markets.

For additional information: Contact SBIR@nga.mil

Educational Partnering Agreements (EPA)

EPAs include partnerships with academic institutions and non-profits on curriculum development, prize competitions, and mentorship opportunities. These agreements bring the power of crowdsourcing to NGA’s most difficult problems.

For a sample of past NGA Challenges www.challenge.gov  >>> search ‘NGA.’

Innovative GEOINT Application Provider Program (IGAPP)

IGAPP serves as NGA’s method to work with innovative app developers on providing useful apps and web services for consumers of GEOINT data.

For additional information: https://igapp.com/about/us .

Contact Us

We have offices that can help with some specific opportunities to work with NGA. For more information, please feel free to reach out to any of the following:

Small Business Office

You must complete a SAM Small Business Profile for Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) at https://web.sba.gov/pro-net/search/dsp_dsbs.cfm  before reaching out to NGA.

If you need specific assistance on an existing contract, contact smallbusiness@nga.mil.

NGA Industry Engagement

If you are interested in providing a demo of your capability, contact IndustryEngagement@nga.mil.

NGA Research

For outreach regarding GEOINT research opportunities, please contact NGA Research at nga_research@nga.mil.

Warfighter Support

For Tactical Edge GEOINT solutions, please contact us at NGA-WarfighterSupport@nga.mil.