Trajectory launched in 2012 as the official publication of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF)—the nonprofit, educational organization supporting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft. Trajectory provides high-level thought leadership for USGIF Members as well as for the defense, intelligence, homeland security communities, and the global GEOINT Community. Trajectory is the preeminent resource on issues of significance to all geospatial intelligence stakeholders. Our promise is to provide relevant, actionable content in a format that is compelling and engaging. Our mission is to foster knowledge sharing, awareness, and discussion.
The Trajectory Team
Keith J. Masback
USGIF CEO and Executive Editor
As CEO of USGIF, Keith also serves as executive editor of trajectory. Keith led the overall concept development for trajectory as the Foundation’s official publication, and remains directly engaged in the production of each issue. In a previous professional incarnation, he was a public affairs officer for the Army’s Berlin Brigade, where he was responsible for the publication of The Berlin Observer, a weekly newspaper for U.S. forces stationed in and around Berlin, Germany. Keith may never understand why anyone voluntarily enters the grind that is the field of journalism.
- Listening to: Classic Rock & EDM
- Watching: Narcos on Netflix and European soccer
- Reading: Option B by Sheryl Sandberg
- Working on: Getting back into respectable physical condition
Jordan has been part of the trajectory team since its launch in 2012 and serves as publisher of the magazine. He is also the Vice President of Strategic Communications and Marketing for USGIF, and has been with the Foundation since 2006. Before USGIF, Jordan worked on a number of military technology magazines. Jordan earned his bachelor’s from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and an MBA from George Mason University.
- Listening to: Chasing Excellence with Ben Bergeron podcast
- Watching: Chef’s Table
- Reading: The Washington Post, in print
- Working on: Chasing after his two-year-old daughter and changing his infant son’s diapers
Kristin is managing editor of trajectory and serves as USGIF’s editorial director, overseeing the editing and production of all Foundation publications. Kristin led the launch of trajectory in 2012, and previously worked for Gannett’s Defense News’ magazine group. She has a master’s degree in magazine journalism from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Oswego.
- Listening to: Folk and Americana playlists on Spotify
- Watching: Netflix documentaries
- Reading: Lonely Planet’s guides to Iceland and Amsterdam
- Working on: Nurturing a new interest in trail running
As an editor for trajectory, Brad manages magazine and website production and oversees the talented group of contributing writers. He is a managing editor for GLC, the marketing communications agency hired by USGIF to produce trajectory. He has a master’s degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of Iowa.
- Listening to: Power Trip’s new album, Nightmare Logic
- Watching: Black Mirror on Netflix
- Reading: Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
- Working on: Building a model city of wood for my kids’ matchbox cars
Art Director, GLC
Gretchen is the art director for trajectory as well as other GLC publications. She has been plugging away on print and magazine design for 20+ years in Chicago. She has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
- Listening to: WXRT or my kids’ playlists
- Watching: HGTV and some J Lo movie for the 200th time
- Reading: Association magazine content and Please Mr. Panda
- Working on: Our house
Lindsay Tilton Mitchell
Lindsay 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 on long walks with her dog, Keyo. Although she’s never been as far west as Wisconsin or as far north as New York, Lindsay is looking to travel much more in coming years.
- Listening To: ’90s music
- Watching: The Golden Girls
- Reading: Anything fiction
- Working On: Learning to knit
Andrew is a journalism student at the University of Tampa. He’s a contributing writer and opinion editor for UT’s student newspaper, and covers the hip-hop beat for an online music publication. In his free time, Andrew loves watching (and critiquing) movies, reading, cooking, and live music. He can’t wait to have pets of his own, and hopes to travel the world.
- Listening to: People Under the Stairs and Anderson Paak
- Watching: Walking Dead and Louie
- Reading: The Curse of Lono
- Working on: A fiction project about a video journalist in 1968 who abandons his assignment shooting war footage in Cambodia
Matt Alderton knows a little bit about a lot of things. A writer and reporter for more than 15 years, he has written on subjects as diverse as classic cars, ecotourism, immigration, pampered pets, fighter jets, and the business of beer. Originally from Denver, which boasts 300 days of sunshine a year, Matt has lived most of his adult life in Chicago, which boasts three. Matt has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and a master’s degree in creative writing, also from Northwestern.
- Listening to: His dog snore
- Watching: His carb intake (except for donuts, pasta and bread — the important stuff)
- Reading: A New Yorker from six months ago
- Working on: Looking cooler when he passes motorcycles on his scooter
Melanie D.G. Kaplan
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.
- Listening to: Patsy Cline
- Watching: The weather, for ideal SUP days
- Reading: (re-reading) Phantom Tollbooth
- Working on: Ukulele tunes
A former infantry officer from more wars ago than he easily admits, Jim spent 34 years with newspapers ranging from the Rockdale Citizen (then a twice-weekly in suburban Atlanta) to the Los Angeles Times. He is now a freelance writer covering topics such as military intelligence and training as well as aerospace. Jim’s interest in geospatial intelligence is continually spurred by the field’s ever-expanding capabilities.
- Listening to: Easy jazz, rock, baseball games, and NPR news
- Watching: PBS and NCIS
- Reading: Magazines and classics he should have read earlier in life
- Working on: His golf game and writing his first novel