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Murrett Outlines Geospatial Intelligence Agency Goals

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Murrett Outlines Geospatial Intelligence Agency GoalsCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 4, 2009) — Vice Adm. Robert B. Murrett, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, underscored a common message of collaboration and international cooperation in his morning remarks at the Strategic Space Symposium today in Omaha, Neb.

The head of the U.S. Department of Defense agency that manages and provides imagery and geospatial information for diverse military, civil, and international needs said that many levels of collaboration – interagency, commercial/government, and international – have improved his agency’s ability to support operational needs. He credited much of the advancement to arrangements with both commercial and international space providers that increase capacity and improve the flexibility and adaptability.

In outlining critical success factors for geospatial intelligence, Murrett named six objectives:

  • Balance warfight and critical long-term mission requirements
  • Move to an integrated, sensor-neutral architecture
  • Expand intelligence community, Department of Defense, and industry engagement
  • Retain and deepen workforce expertise
  • Accelerate forward-based geospatial-intelligence with community partners
  • Sustain consistent research and development investment to include space capabilities

The Strategic Space Symposium continues today at the Qwest Center Omaha in Omaha, Neb.

Presented through a Space Foundation/United States Strategic Command partnership and themed Advancing Space Capabilities and Strengthening Operations to Promote Global Security, the Strategic Space Symposium is providing a platform for discussing challenging space issues and shaping space policy, in addition to showcasing industry best practices, cutting-edge technologies, and emerging space capabilities. For more details on the agenda, click here.

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