New Research Directions for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (2010)Board on Earth Sciences and Resources
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency within the Department of Defense has the primary mission of providing timely, relevant, and accurate imagery, imagery intelligence, and geospatial information?collectively known as geospatial intelligence?in support of national security. With this goal, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency sponsors research that builds the scientific foundation for geospatial intelligence, and has historically supported research in five core areas: (1) photogrammetry and geomatics, (2) remote sensing and imagery science, (3) geodesy and geophysics, (4) cartographic science, and (5) geographic information systems and geospatial analysis. Positioning the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency for the future is the responsibility of the InnoVision Directorate, which analyzes intelligence trends, technological advances, and emerging customer and partner concepts to provide cutting-edge technology and process solutions. At the request of InnoVision, the National Research Council held a workshop to explore the evolution of the five core research areas and to identify emerging disciplines that may improve the quality of geospatial intelligence over the next 15 years. This workshop report offers a potential research agenda that would expand the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's capabilities and improve its effectiveness in providing geospatial intelligence.