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Friday, October 20, 2006

Updating Geospatial Intelligence Doctrine

The director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has just published a new version of American space intelligence doctrine. The NGA lies at the heart of a well-structured intelligence community.

Dubbed Geospatial Intelligence (Geoint) Basic Doctrine- Publication 1.0, the updated version replaces Geoint Publication 1.0 that was issued in 2004. For the first time, the publication outlines the exact duties of NGA and describes the organizations that form the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG). The system is composed of a community of players that includes intelligence agencies, the Pentagon and academic and business partners.

The National System for Geospatial-Intelligence holds a central position in that architecture. Its director since this summer, vice admiral Robert Murret, has the title of functional manager of NSG (FM/NSG) and deals with the complete cycle of geospatial intelligence. He defines doctrine, sets procurement policy for intelligence-gathering, supervises the players, establishes standards for products and exchanges and pursues the development of systems and software for processing images.

Operational responsibility is delegated to NGA directors in charge of collecting (sources operations & management) and analyzing intelligence (analysis & production).


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