NGA Releases Strategic Plan for 2013-2017 #geoint

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) released its strategic plan for 2013-2017. NGA Director Letitia Long states the following in the executive overview:

The NGA Strategy establishes the strategic goals and objectives that will guide our efforts to fulfill NGA’s Mission and Vision and, in so doing, ensure that NGA continues to lead the Community in providing timely, relevant, and accurate geospatial intelligence in support of national security. This strategy is flexible by design and permits us to respond to ever-changing challenges, chief among them Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD[I]) priorities in the areas of counterterrorism, counterproliferation, cyber, and global coverage. We must also ensure GEOINT’s contribution is integrated into the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) sponsored Unified Intelligence Strategies (UIS), and that GEOINT matures as a key factor in achieving “intelligence integration,” a key DNI objective for the IC.

Ms. Long continues:

In the wake of the death of Usama bin Laden, the advent of the Arab Spring, and the “pivot” to focus on the Asia–Pacific region, we must prepare NGA for future national security challenges in an era of fiscal austerity. NGA and GEOINT are key enablers of our national security interests, actions, and decisions around the globe.

The document appears more to be one for NGA customers, such as the DoD and other agencies, rather than one that indentifies the needs of the agency to carry out its mission. Missing, for example, are discussions about the commerical earth observation satellite fleet, EnhancedView contract, applications of unmanned aerial systems and domestic vs. international responsiblities. I'd like to know how the NGA is balancing "mission creep" since it is supporting more and more domestic activities for DHS and others. The report goes into detail about how it wants to expand its analytical capabilities and adhere to standards. It provides information about expanding its workforce and developing the tradecraft through educational programs. I found the report useful but limited. There's lots of information but it incorporates some marketing "spin" as well.

The full report (PDF) contains more information about the agency's vision, capabilities and workforce demands.

Published Friday, July 20th, 2012

Written by Joe Francica

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