Dave Bottom, director of the Information Technology Services Directorate at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), spoke at a special edition of GEOINTeraction Tuesday June 5 as part of USGIF’s GEOINT Community Week.
Bottom outlined changes NGA is making to what and how it delivers in terms of IT.
“But other than that, nothing’s changing,” he said, joking with the crowd gathered under the trellis outside Walker’s Grille in Springfield, Va.
Bottom was appointed to director of IT Services in February, and the new organization, created to merge NGA’s IT functions, is expected to reach full operational capacity in September.
“For the past 10 years, IT decisions have been about getting information out quickly and supporting the fight,” Bottom said.
Now, changing budget, technological, and political landscapes need to be considered.
“We really need to change our strategy and lens as far as how we assess IT,” Bottom said.
Bottom said NGA’s IT strategy ties directly to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s (ODNI) goals of integrating intelligence and saving money. He said it’s necessary to tackle IT, because integration on the back end will facilitate broader integration throughout the Community.
Bottom’s goal is for GEOINT to be a driving force to intelligence integration. He said NGA has responded to the ODNI’s mission by focusing on two objectives: broadening and deepening analytics; and online, on-demand.
IT Services will reach these objectives by improving open IT, content, analysis, and user experience, Bottom said.
“There’s a lot of work to be done between now and September,” he said.
Bottom added that the new organization is going to work under one architecture that can be replicated with other security networks such as SIPR and NIPR.
“This is a better strategy than different architectures on the different demands,” he said.
Moving forward, Bottom said these transitions will be made in concert with budget demands.
“What are the things that we absolutely have to have as we go forward, and what are the things we can take a risk on?” he said.
In closing, Bottom said IT Services hopes to engage more with industry in the coming months.