About Trajectory

Trajectory is the official publication of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) – the nonprofit, educational organization supporting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft.

Trajectory strives to provide high-level thought leadership for USGIF members, as well as for the overall defense, intelligence, and homeland security communities. At its core, trajectory focuses on the future of geospatial intelligence, but its broader goal is to be the pre-eminent resource on issues of significance to the greater Intelligence Community. Our promise is to provide relevant, actionable content through a compelling presentation. Our mission is to foster knowledge sharing, discussion, and awareness.   

To this end, trajectory produces articles on current issues facing the defense, intelligence, and homeland security communities, such as collaboration and integration, as well as thoughtful coverage of major programs, emerging technologies and trends, related policy, USGIF initiatives, and the individuals who are driving the community forward. Each issue is an ideal blend of hard-hitting information coupled with lighter lifestyle pieces and is designed to inform, communicate and entertain. 

The Trajectory Team



Kristin Quinn

Managing Editor

Kristin is managing editor of trajectory and serves as the USGIF editorial director, overseeing the editing and production of all Foundation publications. Kristin led the launch of trajectory in 2012, and previously working for Gannett Government Media’s Defense News’ magazine group. She has a master’s degree in magazine journalism from Syracuse University. Kristin lives in northern Virginia with her orange tabby, Monty.

Nickname: Kris

Homebase: Originally from Western New York

Listening to: Folk Rock on Pandora

Watching: Orange is the New Black

Reading: Poser: My Life in 23 Yoga Poses

Working on: Vegetarian cooking, my yoga practice, future travel plans



Lindsay Tilton Mitchell

Assistant Editor

Lindsay is the assistant editor of trajectory, and also serves as USGIF's marketing and communications assistant. When she’s not working, Lindsay is shopping, watching Netflix, spending time with her husband, and going to the dog park with her dog, Keyo. Although she’s never been as far west as Tennessee or as far north as New York, Lindsay is looking to travel much more in coming years. 

Nickname: Linny Lou

Homebase: Northern Virginia born and raised

Listening To: ’90s Pop on Pandora

Watching: Departures on Netflix

Reading: Anything fiction

Working On: Scrapbooking



Brad Causey

Editor, GLC

As an editor for trajectory, Brad project manages production of the magazine and website and oversees the talented group of contributing writers. He is a managing editor for GLC, a marketing communications agency hired by USGIF to produce trajectory.

In what little spare time he has as a father of a one-year-old son and new homeowner, Brad is also an avid photographer and videographer who dabbles in home remodeling, landscaping, and now lawn care and maintenance. To see some of his photographic work, check out his website. To meet his family, or to view some of his home remodeling projects, visit his Facebook page.

Nickname: Kamicausey

Homebase: Chicago

Listening to: Built To Spill – Untethered Moon

Watching: Daredevil on Netflix

Reading: Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments

Working on: Building backyard playground



Matt Alderton

Contributing Writer

Matt Alderton knows a little bit about a lot of things. A writer and reporter for more than a decade, he has written on subjects as diverse as classic cars, celebrity chefs, pampered pets, fighter jets, Ebola, and Beanie Babies. Originally from Denver, which boasts 300 days of sunshine a year, Matt has spent the last 15 years in Chicago, which boasts three.

A regular contributor to trajectory, his work for USGIF has awakened in him a latent obsession for geospatial information and technology.

Matt has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where he studied magazine journalism, and a master’s degree in creative writing, also from Northwestern. He lives on the Northwest Side of Chicago with his partner and their dog, Roxy.

Nickname: Alderman

Homebase: Chicago

Listening to: His dog snore

Watching: Anything that’s a “mockumentary”

Reading: A New Yorker from six months ago

Working on: Decorating and otherwise home-improvement-ing his condo



Melanie D.G. Kaplan

Contributing Writer

Melanie D.G. Kaplan is a Washington-based travel writer, contributing to the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, National Parks, and Washingtonian. Ever curious, she also enjoys writing about science, technology and innovation, but on road trips, she and her beagle copilot still rely on trusty paper maps and have survived thus far using a flip phone. Melanie’s website is melaniedgkaplan.com.

Nickname: DG

Homebase: Washington

Listening to: My grandfather's vinyl

Watching: Marines across the street from my house at the Marine Barracks

Reading: My beagle's body language

Working on: Playing Hank Williams songs on the ukelele