Monday News Kick Off: DoD GEOINT Training

DoD Mandates GEOINT Training

The Department of Defense (DoD) has reissued DoD instruction 3305.10 in order to create policies, establish procedures, and assign responsibilities for geospatial intelligence training. Defense Systems reports the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the Community Geospatial-Intelligence Training Council will conduct training at the National Geospatial-Intelligence College. Training will be directed among all military departments, the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff, the combatant commands, the Office of the Inspector General, the defense agencies, and other organizations within the DoD. 

NVIDIA Launches GEOINT Platform

Last week, NVIDIA launched its GEOINT Accelerator, a GPU-accelerated geospatial intelligence platform, which enables security analysts to comb through raw data, images, and video faster and more accurately, according to NVIDIA’s press release. The GEOINT Accelerator provides defense and homeland security analysts with tools for the faster processing of high-resolution satellite imagery, facial recognition in surveillance video, combat mission planning using GIS data, and object recognition in UAV video. 

Former NGA Executive Joins NJVC

NJVC announced the addition of Frederick Turman as vice president of program management. Turman was most recently acting as senior executive at NGA West, supporting the director in the achievement of strategic agency objectives. Previously, he was deputy senior executive, and led the execution of resources assigned to the St. Louis metropolitan area and nine other NGA locations.

Drone Surveillance Expands to Non-Combat Regions

The Washington Post reports the U.S. military is shifting UAV use from combat zones in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen to other places and for other uses around the world. This next phase of drone use will be focused on spying and will expand the Pentagon’s surveillance networks. The drones are being sent to specific locations in order to take a closer look at drug runners, pirates, and other concerning groups in areas such as Columbia, the Sahara, and Turkey.

CFOs Overlook Big Data

According to the Wall Street Journal, many chief financial officers (CFOs) believe big data technology is complicated and not worth the extra cost. However, experts say CFOs are missing out on opportunities to speed up and improve upon their more difficult and time-consuming tasks. In addition, many big companies do not realize how using big data can cut the costs of their finance functions.  As older systems become obsolete, and businesses are forced to adapt big data solutions, more commercial opportunities for IT companies may be on the horizon.