Emerging Technological Needs in Geospatial Intelligence

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The US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency highlights current and enduring technology needs in a guide released April 29.

The 2020 Technology Focus Areas publication is a guide for industry on how the agency is approaching technology broadly.

The publication communicates emerging areas of emphasis for NGA and the geospatial intelligence community to enable stronger collaboration between the agency, industry, academia and other government and community partners, according to nga.mil.

Analytics and modeling, data management, modern software engineering, artificial intelligence, and future of work (the amplification of human-machine partnerships and a more productive and collaborative workforce) are the top tech priorities for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 

“This document is focused on our needs, rather than specific technologies,” said Mark Munsell, NGA chief technology officer. “The changes we must make cannot only occur within the confines of NGA – they require the innovative spirit of industry to find new and unique solutions to some of our most difficult challenges.” 

“The tech focus areas aren’t ‘shelfware’ – we are identifying opportunities to leverage non-traditional acquisition capabilities to address the needs outlined in this document,” said Christy Monaco, NGA chief ventures officer.