Intelligence Agencies Pushed to Use More Commercial Satellites

Source: nytimes.com

The picture was far more detailed than commercial satellite pictures of the same site. In some quarters of the intelligence agencies, those lagging commercial capabilities have dampened enthusiasm for pushing forward with more private-sector contracts. The Senate version of this year’s Intelligence Authorization Act contains provisions to increase spending on commercial satellite programs. While the leadership of intelligence agencies is on board, there is still reluctance in some corners of the agencies to embrace commercial technology, according to congressional aides. Current and former congressional officials acknowledge the government still design and operate the most exquisite and innovative intelligence technology.

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Jacobs Wins National GEOINT Agency Contract

Source: prnewswire.com

They awarded Jacobs a contract by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to provide mission-driven and data-centric solutions to support Geospatial-intelligence Enterprise Open Data Store (GEODS) services. The single-award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) represents a $302 million contract value across a seven-year ordering period.

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Maxar Awarded $26M Contract to Continue Development and Support for NGA Open Mapping Platform

Source: gisuser.com

Under the agreement, Maxar will continue to provide engineering, software development and geospatial tradecraft to support NOME. “Maxar is excited to continue building upon the 10 years of development that have gone into NOME,” said Tony Frazier, Maxar’s Executive Vice President of Global Field Operations. “NOME is a highly effective mission enabler for the agency’s distributed workforce,” said James Griffith, Director of Source at NGA. NGA delivers world-class geospatial intelligence that provides a decisive advantage to policymakers, warfighters, intelligence professionals and first responders. It is the world leader in timely, relevant, accurate and actionable geospatial intelligence.

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Getting insights from political violence and protests around the world

Aggregated non-US ACLED events 2000 — 2020

To achieve political goals, we have seen people and governments using political violence. It includes violence between governments, e.g. war as an intense armed conflict, and violence used against non-state actors, e.g. police brutality. A rebellion is a kind of politically motivated violence of non-state actors against a government. The storming of the United States Capitol was a riot act from non-state actors against the United States Congress.

In this walkthrough we used one of the most widely used analysis OSINT source named ACLED. With the help of spatial binning, we easily recognized historical events between 2000 and 2020 without being an intelligence expert. We have implemented most of the workflows into a GEOINT Python module, mainly to give non-spatial experts a better understanding of the implementation details.

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35 killed in Gaza, 3 in Israel, as violence escalates

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Source: reuters.com

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300 Palestinians, 21 Israeli police hurt in Jerusalem clash

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Source: latimes.com

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Politics latest news: Boris Johnson ‚at risk from hostile states‘ after phone number left online

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Source: yahoo.com

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‚It Could Destroy the US‘: Trump Slams Biden for Ignoring ‚Out of Control‘ Border Crisis

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Source: sputniknews.com

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