Q&A with Amanda Brownfield, senior vice president; group executive, Intelligence Solutions Group
Q: How has Engility grown and changed since acquiring TASC in 2014?
With the integration behind us, Engility is a larger, stronger company with a broader range of experts and services. We operate on a singular mindset—to support our customers’ missions through our engineering and programmatic skills. TASC and Engility came into the merger with strong customer relationships and domain experience, resulting in our team delivering a wider variety of solutions.
To ensure we stay ahead of the shifting needs of our U.S. government customers, we streamlined the organization and invested in the talent and expertise of our team. Our specialties include systems engineering and integration, high-performance computing and analytics, cybersecurity, and IT/enterprise modernization.
Q: What does Engility offer with regard to GEOINT services and capabilities?
We offer solutions across the entire spectrum of GEOINT, reaching well beyond the engineering and acquisition lifecycle services we’re known for. Our expertise in space systems, GEOINT, and intelligence operations leverages emergent tech market partnerships and practices to provide high-value results. We deliver resilient solutions with shorter time to market, substantial cost savings, and robust performance—creating pathways to nontraditional innovation.
This includes advanced modeling and simulation, data science, analytics and methodologies, brokering services, and data/content management tools. We recognize the importance of GEOINT and are working hard to continue to grow in these areas.
Q: What GEOINT trends are you seeing right now?
There are a number of ways to view evolving GEOINT trends; I like to think of them in three separate categories: data, utilization, and sources.
Data science and advanced methodologies will continue to evolve and become more sophisticated. We’re seeing algorithm development, deep learning, and machine learning/artificial intelligence capabilities emerge that accelerate the discovery of patterns and answers not previously conceived. This will become commonplace and expected within the next two to three years, if not sooner.
New markets are new missions. GEOINT is becoming foundational for competitive markets. We’ll see pattern-of-life recognition and human geography expand, becoming vital as state actors battle over boundaries or resources. Technical targeting and cyber offensives will become more dependent on current, accurate, and relevant GEOINT.
We can anticipate expansive industry growth in small and micro-satellite constellations. Unmanned sources will be the next thrust for collection, and we should expect to see simple devices collecting complex data to be analyzed and turned into answers for sale. Open-source data will continue to expand and we should not anticipate any slowing of that harvesting. Automation of workflows, processes, and analysis will be the key focus.
Talent is the key to our success and our team is working on solutions to address needs in these three areas.