Letter from the Director
As I stated up front in my Director’s Intent, we’re engaged in a pivotal competition of grave consequence; a competition we must, and will win. We are taking all necessary actions to sustain GEOINT supremacy. Maintaining our advantage as the world leader in geospatial intelligence requires a sound digital enterprise. We operate a technologically complex system-of-systems in our quest to “show the way” — to literally get our customers from point A to point B, to help illuminate options and inform decisions, and to facilitate actions being taken with speed, accuracy and precision. Dependency on technology is not our goal—we must leverage and master it. NGA, our mission partners, and, most importantly, our industry partners must never cease the innovative development of geospatial technologies to maintain comparative advantage over our adversaries. We’re in a race, and can’t afford to stand still.
NGA’s first Technology Strategy will help guide us to improving the state of our current technology to arm our people and partners to meet today's mission, while charting the course toward meeting future mission. As always, we will adapt and adjust wherever and whenever needed.
Robert D. Sharp
Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Letter from the CTO
What does it take to meet future mission with future technology? It requires technologists who understand the mission and how GEOINT is evolving to meet the mission. Driving future mission requires that technologists are leading the GEOINT mission, not trying to catch up to it. NGA is the world’s leader in geospatial intelligence because of the passion held by our people to deliver timely and relevant information to members of the national security apparatus, policy makers, and international partners. That passion is also embedded in the builders and makers of geospatial technology—whether analysts, scientists, software developers, data professionals, designers, or product managers—who all have a driving passion to make better tools and services that enable speed and accuracy, delivering the best intelligence to our nation and our allies.
NGA is a software and data enterprise. Our fundamental capabilities are supported by software manipulating data. We must invest in key areas to increase our expertise and ability to build software faster, increase database pipelines, be more reliable and flexible, and most importantly, be better than our adversaries. If our competitors or adversaries build better software faster, we lose.
Software and data are strategic assets. NGA will adopt modern software engineering practices now to advance technology for the future mission. We must practice unrivaled DevSecOps and apply modern development practices to all our software. We must move our software from a legacy environment to a modern cloud and high-performance computing environment and provide guidance to our industry partners to build modern, service-centric applications on common platforms. We must adopt a product management approach to build customer-centric products employing leading-edge technology to become a modern software enterprise.
We must empower the builders and makers of geospatial technology. This strategy focuses on enabling those who build and make technology to support NGA and the Systems for Geospatial Intelligence. We firmly believe that the most important technology problem is not the adoption of artificial intelligence, or quantum computing, but fostering a technology workforce steeped in GEOINT and enabling them with an environment to deliver the best applications and services in the world. By working with our industry partners, allies, and the geospatial technology ecosystem, we will accomplish this and lift the Nation’s capability to provide the best GEOINT on the planet. The only way we can show the way is to know the way. This is the way.
Chief Technology Officer, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
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