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DNI Clapper Delivers Worldwide Threat Assessment; Ball Aerospace Awarded NGA Contract; DigitalGlobe Offers Olympic Security Package; General Dynamics to Secure Bundeswehr’s IT Networks


DNI Clapper Delivers Worldwide Threat Assessment

Last week, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper presented his annual worldwide threat assessment to the Senate Armed Services Committee. He opened his speech by saying “unpredictable instability” has become the “new normal” and will continue into the foreseeable future. Clapper discussed the growing number of migrants traveling to Europe, ISIS becoming the preeminent global terrorist threat, and China and Russia continuing to be of concern with cyber espionage, among other important topics. Clapper also expressed concern for North Korea’s continued nuclear testing activities. See the full transcript here.

Ball Aerospace Awarded NGA Contract

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) awarded a one-year contract to Ball Aerospace Technologies for cloud computing, reports FCW. The contract will cover tagging, storing, and protecting data in a cloud that is part of the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise (IC ITE). Ball Aerospace will translate NGA data into multiple formats accepted by the cloud architecture for discovery and advanced analytics.

DigitalGlobe Offers Olympic Security Package

DigitalGlobe recently announced the availability of its Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Security Package, providing international governments and security agencies with cost-effective imagery and information to enhance the safety of athletes, dignitaries, and spectators. The package includes cloud-based access to historic and near real-time high-resolution satellite imagery, a data set describing the local environment, and a detailed digital surface model of Rio de Janeiro and the Olympic venues from VRICON.

General Dynamics to Secure Bundeswehr’s IT Networks

General Dynamics Mission Systems’ partner QGroup received a contract from German Federal Armed Forces Bundeswehr to deploy and maintain QTrust Server security appliances for their IT networks. Under this contract, General Dynamics Mission Systems and QGroup will provide capabilities to improve the security of the Bundeswehr’s infrastructure. General Dynamics’ PitBull tool adds enhanced security to the QTrust product line by protecting information at multiple levels.

Hera Systems Offers $1 Satellite Imagery

Hera Systems unveiled pricing for its high-resolution satellite imagery and video. Enterprise commercial and government customers that sign up now to receive Hera Systems’ products will be the first to benefit from the company’s offering, which includes per-square-kilometer pricing as low as $1 for archived one-meter resolution imagery, $2 for freshly tasked one-meter imagery, and $3 for 50-centimeter resolution products.

CACI Partners With Virginia Tech National Security Center

CACI International and the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology at Virginia Tech entered into a five-year research partnership to study the cybersecurity of unmanned aerial vehicles. The partnership will focus on the Cyber-Physical System (CPS) Security program, in addition to mentorship and curriculum development. The Hume Center is leading efforts for Virginia Tech to develop research and education programs focused in CPS Security.

Boundless & Agile Analytics Assist in tenBoma Project

Agile Analytics Group and Boundless are collaborating to help build a geospatial data analysis platform for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)/Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) tenBoma project. The platform will track poaching incidents and predict where future incidents may occur. Agile Analytics Group, with support from Boundless, is deploying a GeoNode implementation named GeoSHAPE to assist IFAW/KWS in its joint counter-poaching mission.

FCW Reveals 2016 Federal 100 List

Federal Computer Week recently revealed its 2016 Federal 100 List, a list of 100 women and men that represent the impressive work being done in the federal IT space. Winners include NGA Deputy Director Sue Gordon, NGA Innovation Lead Ray Bauer, and many more. See the complete list here.

USGIF Opens 2016 Scholarship & Awards Programs

USGIF is now accepting applications for its 2016 USGIF Scholarship Program and nominations for its 2016 USGIF Awards Program. The awards program recognizes the exceptional work of the geospatial intelligence tradecraft’s brightest minds and innovative organizations. Categories include achievements in: academia, community support, government, industry, and military. Click here to learn more and to download applications. Applications are due by March 18.

The 2016 USGIF Scholarship Program assists promising doctoral, graduate, undergraduate, and graduating high school senior students interested in geospatial sciences with scholarship awards to further the advancement of the GEOINT tradecraft. The Foundation will also offer the $10,000 Ken Miller Scholarship for Advanced Remote Sensing Applications for the first time this year in partnership with Riverside Research. Applications due by April 22. Learn more about the program here.

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