USGIF Working Group Meetings

Join USGIF Working Groups and Committees for the following events and meetings during GEOINT 2016.

Monday, May 16

NGA Advisory Working Group/NRO ASP Industry Advisory Working Group Discussion
Evolving to a Sustainable, Government/Industry Business Model in an IC-ITE and Cloud-based environment
12:30-2:00 p.m.
Osceola A

Under USGIF sponsorship, two industry working groups produced findings and recommendations for consideration. The NRO ASP Industry Advisory Group (IAWG) focused on NRO software licensing approaches, use of open source software, and requirements evolution. The NGA Advisory Working Group (NAWG) focused on acquisition transparency, RFP clarity & quality, and how contracting techniques might be used to better deliver innovation. Side by side review of NAWG and IAWG findings revealed common themes that suggest broader applicability of IAWG/NAWG recommendations and that merit further discussion aimed at increasing NRO and NGA benefits.

USGIF Young Professionals Working Group Panel
Experiencing M&A: Taking Your Startup to the Next Level
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Osceola A

What is it like to follow the dream of owning your own business and to watch that dream become a reality as it grows into something brilliant? What happens next?
Join our panel of entrepreneurs as they share their experience of turning a dream into reality and how they made the decision to take their business to the next level through mergers and acquisitions.

Tuesday, May 17

SmallSat Working Group Panel
Filling the Gaps: Nuclear Activity Monitoring and Small Satellites
8-9 a.m.
Osceola A

The capabilities of small satellites are driving a dialogue on competing requirements of persistence and precision as well as expanding the realm of the possible with respect to signatures and indicators. In addition, as the small satellite community expands globally, commercial providers weigh their own pursuits with the interests of competing partners. This panel discussion among government and industry experts will deliberate the role small satellites play to answer intelligence questions as the world’s nuclear powers mature their programs.

Tradecraft & Professional Development Committee Discussion
Roundtable Discussion
1-2 p.m.
Osceola A

How can industry help analysts accomplish life-long learning to progress technically adaptability? Join the USGIF T&PD Committee as they brainstorm ideas to help analysts achieve life-long learning and advance their technical skill sets in the face of ever-changing data sources and tools.

Small Business Advisory Working Group Panel
Small Business and the GEOINT Revolution
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Osceola A

A panel discussion with NGA Leadership to discuss the part small business will play as NGA moves intelligence into more open, all source analysis with a proliferation of sensor platforms from NTM, small sats, UAS, and crowd sourcing. Can more work be done outside the SCIF and with lesser cleared personnel, thus reducing the security constraints on small businesses? Will NGA increase use of small businesses for services, given their flexibility and cost controls, while assigning large development contracts to full and open competition? What innovation is NGA looking for? Will the rush to cloud storage and processing impact data center and infrastructure support?

SmallSat Working Group Panel
Small Satellites and Open Source Analytics: Technology and Tradecraft
3:30-5:00 p.m.

The new generation of small commercial satellites coupled with cloud-based, web-services analytics is changing the face of GEOINT. This panel will discuss how communications, image processing, cloud computing and advanced analyst-driven analytical tools will marry near-persistent commercial satellite data with open sources to provide decision makers and action takers with timely and actionable information.

Young Professionals Working Group
Networking Reception
5-6:30 p.m.
Sarasota 2-3

Join USGIF’s Young Professionals Group for an informal networking event to discuss the Symposium and to meet other young professionals.

Wednesday, May 18

Modeling & Simulation Working Group Discussion
8-9 a.m.
Osceola A

The purpose of the meeting will be to update working group members and interested attendees on the current state of work to improve interoperability related to M&S activities, to discuss planned activities, and to provide insight into a jointly sponsored USGIF, SISO and OGC M&S Interoperability Summit to be held Sept. 19 in Orlando, FL.

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Tradecraft & Professional Development Committee/NGA Advisory Working Group Discussion
Tradecraft & Training Needs of Acquisition Professionals as They Transition to Analysis as a Service
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This event will be a facilitated discussion between industry and government focused on exploring what contract officers, CORs, and PMs need to know or learn about the mission in order to fully execute the Analysis as a Service paradigm and fully incorporate commercially relevant data into the intelligence cycle outside Government spaces.

Geospatial and Remote Sensing Law Working Group Discussion
Geolocation Privacy
2-3 p.m.
Osceola A

Historically, the law has supported the view that a person does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy when in a public place. However, this view is being challenged by the courts, lawmakers and regulators as both the government and the private sector are increasingly looking for ways to collect, analyze and share geolocation information for a variety of purposes. This talk will discuss the evolution of the concept of a reasonable expectation of privacy when in public, and what impact it may have on organizations that collect, use, analyze, store or share geolocation information.