The U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) commissioned the report titled, "Independent Study of the Roles of Commercial Remote Sensing in the Future National System for Geospatial-Intelligence" early last year. It explores four possible business cases for how the government and private companies might work together to provide needed imagery for those agencies and their government clients. The suggested path is not the status quo and may have implications for the two current U.S. commercial satellite providers, DigtialGlobe and GeoEye. Our editors try to tease out what the report means and its implications.
- Defense Group Inc. (organization that developed the report, we were unable to find a Web accessible version of the report; if you know of its location, please let us know!)
- NGA (National Geospatial Intelligence Agency)
- NRO (National Reconnaissance Office)
- Kerr GEOINT 2006 presentation (pdf) (at the time he was Director of the National Reconnaissance Office)