Time Event
Exhibit Hall Hours: Monday 10a-5p, Tuesday 10a-5p, Wednesday 10a-3p
Training & Education Sessions (7:00a - 9:00a, Osceola Breakout Rooms 1-6, Gaylord Palms)
USGIF SmallSat Working Group Panel (8:00a - 9:00a, Osceola A, Gaylord Palms)

Filling the Gaps: Nuclear Activity Monitoring and Small Satellites

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.

  • Moderator: Dan Twomey, Jr., Solutions Group, NJVC LLC
  • Dave Gauthier, Director, Office of Strategic Operations, NGA
  • Dr. Andy Hock, Product Manager, Google Terra Bella
  • Serena Kelleher-Vergantini, Research Analyst, Institute for Science and International Security
  • Dr. Joe Thurgood, VP, Corporate Development and Marketing, Hera Systems, Inc.
Joint USGIF Accredited Programs/USGS-NGA CAE/HBCU Gathering (8:00a - 11:00a, Sarasota 2-3, Gaylord Palms)

8:00-8:20 a.m. Dr. Darryl Murdock, VP for Professional Development: Welcome, Introductions and Descriptions of Programs

8:20-9:00 a.m. Dr. Lenora Peters Gant, Senior Executive for Academic Outreach & STEM (SEAO) NGA

9:00-9:40 a.m. Mr. Talbot Brooks from Delta State University will present “A Model Undergraduate Curriculum for Future GEOINT Professionals: A Full-Spectrum Approach"

9:40-10:00 a.m. Break

10:00-11:00 a.m. Dr. Robert Hoffman will lead a session on learning entitled “Measurement of High-level Analytic Skills”

Master of Ceremonies — Letitia A. Long, Board of Directors, USGIF (9:00a - 9:15a, Osceola Ballroom CD, Gaylord Palms)
Keynote: The Honorable James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence (9:15a - 10:00a, Osceola Ballroom CD, Gaylord Palms)
USGIF Awards Program Presentations (10:00a - 10:15a, Osceola Ballroom CD, Gaylord Palms)
Networking Break (10:15a - 10:45a, Osceola Foyer, Gaylord Palms)
Panel: The Remote Sensing Revolution (11:15a - 12:30p, Osceola Ballroom CD, Gaylord Palms)

Moderator: Kevin O’Connell, CEO, Innovative Analytics and Training
Winston A. Beauchamp, Under Secretary of the Air Force for Space; and Director, Principal DoD Space Advisor Staff
Steve Coast, Space Know; Founder, OpenStreetMap Foundation; Chief Evangelist, what3words
Douglas L. Loverro, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy
Dr. Lisa Porter, Executive Vice President and Director of CosmiQ Works
Robbie Schingler, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder, Planet Labs
Dr. Walter S. Scott, Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, and Founder, DigitalGlobe

Lunch & Exhibit Hall (12:30p - 2:00p, Florida Exhibition Hall A-F, Gaylord Palms)
USGIF Tradecraft & Professional Development Committee Roundtable Discussion (1:00p - 2:00p, Gainesville 1-2, Gaylord Palms)

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.

Government Pavilion Stage (1:30p - 5:00p, Exhibit Hall F, Booth 2317, Gaylord Palms)
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. – NGA Portfolio Managers by moderator Misty Tullar, Director of Plans and Programs; Gary Dunow, Director, Analysis/Analytic Capabilities Portfolio Manager; John Goolgasian, Director, Source/Content Portfolio Manager; Dr. Peter Highnam, Director, Research; Doug McGovern, Director, Chief Information Officer and Director IT Services; Justin Poole, Director, Xperience Directorate/Customer Service Portfolio Manager; and Heidi Smith, NGA
  • 2:30-3:00 p.m. – Spatial Law and Policy by Dorothy I. Becker, Assistant General Counsel, NRO Office of General Counsel; and Robert J. Strauss, USGIF Spatial Law and Policy Working Group
  • 3:00-3:30 p.m. – Dr. Joseph F. Fontanella, Director, U.S. Army Geospatial Center; and Geospatial Information Office, U.S. Army
  • 3:30-4:00 p.m. – ISM & GSM 2.0 by Dave Cacner, Director, Enterprise Innovation Office and Director, NSG Expeditionary Activities, Transformation Services Group, IT Services Directorate, NGA; Christine Jung, President and CEO, Blue Compass; Michaela Mesquite, Analytics Technology Lead, Analysis, NGA; Dr. Darryl Mudock, Vice President of Professional Development, USGIF; and Dan Takane, GEOINT Solutions Marketplace, NGA
  • 4:00-5:00 p.m. – The Intersection of GEOINT and the Capital Markets
Training & Education Sessions (2:00p - 4:00p, Osceola Breakout Rooms 1-6, Gaylord Palms)
USGIF Small Business Advisory Working Group Panel (2:30p - 3:30p, Osceola A, Gaylord Palms)

Small Business and the GEOINT Revolution

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?

  • Moderator: Mr. Randy Brown, VP Operations for ICES Inc.
  • Ms. Diana Hughes, Director, NGA Small Business Office
  • Mr. Chris Rasmussen, Source Software Development Lead, NGA Pathfinder
  • Mr. William Young, Deputy Component Acquisition Executive, Director of Plans and Programs, NGA
USGIF SmallSat Working Group Panel (3:30p - 5:00p, Osceola A, Gaylord Palms)

Small Satellites and Open Source Analytics: Technology and Tradecraft

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.

  • Moderator: Robert Zitz, USGIF Small Satellite Working Group Chair
  • Gary Dunow, Director, Analysis/Analytic Capabilities Portfolio Manager, NGA
  • John Fenwick, Head, Terra Bella Operations, Google
  • Doug Reed, Leidos
  • Collin Agee, Senior Advisor for Intelligence Community Engagement, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2, U.S. Army
  • Robbie Schingler, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder, Planet Labs
The Intersection of GEOINT and the Capital Markets (4:00p - 5:00p, Exhibit Hall F, Booth 2317, Gaylord Palms)

An interactive panel discussion with experts from GEOINT, investment banking, and private equity investing. “The Intersection of GEOINT and the Capital Markets” will explore current issues, trends, and challenges in industry and discuss the current capital markets environment and how to position a company to attract capital. Panelists include those from Carlyle, Leidos, Neptune, and BlackArch Partners.

Exhibit Hall Networking Reception (4:00p - 5:00p, Florida Exhibition Hall A-F, Gaylord Palms)
USGIF Young Professionals Working Group Networking Reception (5:00p - 6:30p, Sarasota 2-3, Gaylord Palms)

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

Offsite Shuttles to Disney Springs (6:30p - 10:00p, Convention Center Bus Loop, Gaylord Palms)