GEOINT Hall of Fame

NGA inducted individuals and two groups into the GEOINT Hall of Fame in October, 2016.  The complete list can be found HERE.

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NGA Director Robert Cardillo's Statement for the Record before the Senate Select Committee on In telligence on September 28, 2016 can be found HERE.

NGA has decided to build its new western facility in St. Louis.  Click here: NGA plans to stay in St. Louis | Political Fix | stltoday.com.

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In celebration of Women's History month, NGA has published this documentary on famous women who have contributed to the field of geospatial intelligence.

Read more: Click here: Women who put GEOINT on the map — Medium

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         Draft Programmatic Agreement Now Available for Comment

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) announces the availability of a draft Programmatic Agreement (PA) in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations Section 800.6(a)(4). The draft Section 106 PA addresses the potential adverse effects on historic properties from the construction and operation of a new purpose-built NGA campus, known as Next NGA West, at one of four alternative locations in the greater St. Louis, Missouri, metropolitan area. NGA determined that the development of a PA, in accordance with Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations Section 800.14(b)(1)(ii), is warranted because the undertaking’s effects on historic properties cannot be determined prior to approval of the Preferred Alternative location, which has not been selected yet. NGA has developed the draft PA through consultation with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Illinois State Historic Preservation Officer, the Missouri State Historic Preservation Officer, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Air Force, the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, The Osage Nation, the City of St. Louis, St. Clair County, and other interested parties. The draft PA will be available for review by members of the public, who will be provided an opportunity to express their views on resolving potential adverse effects to historic properties that could result from the construction of the Next NGA West Campus.
The draft PA will be available for review at the following libraries:

St. Louis County Library Meramec Valley Branch: 625 New Smizer Mill Road, Fenton MO 63026 •
O’Fallon Public Library: 120 Civic Plaza, O’Fallon, IL 62269
St. Louis County Library Grant's View Branch: 9700 Musick Rd., St. Louis, MO 63123
St. Louis Public Library Divoll Branch: 4234 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63107

Comment on the draft Section 106 PA from February 29, 2016, through March 21, 2016.

The document also can be viewed at the following website: www.nextNGAwest.com
For questions concerning the draft PA, please contact Amy Snively at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District.  Written comments may be emailed to nextNGAwest@usace.army.mil or mailed to:

Next NGA West (N2W)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, Room 529
Attn: Amy Snively
601 E. 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64016


Vector Communications
701 North 15th Street
Mailbox 43
St. Louis, MO 63103
(P) 314. 621.5566

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NGA Director Robert Cardillo recently addressed the Consumer Electronics Show (Government).  Read his remarks at:  https://www.nga.mil/MediaRoom/SpeechesRemarks/Pages/Consumer-Electronics-Show-Government.aspx.

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PUBLIC RELEASE OF PERSONAL PAPERS

NGAA recently received (late 2015) NGA guidance relative to the publication of personal papers, memoirs, etc. related to work conducted while an individual was employed by NGA (or its predecessor agencies). Click HERE to view that guidance.

2015 Inductees into the Geospatial Intelligence Hall of Fame

Dr. Robert Ballew, who played an integral part in the development of the Department of Defense's World Geodetic System, was inducted into the Geospatial Intelligence Hall of Fame on May 27.  NGA Director Robert Cardillo honored the late Dr. Ballew along with two others: the late Constance Babington Smith, a pioneer in the field of aircraft-based photographic interpretation, and Geoffrey H. Langsam, who helped develop and refine imagery analysis.
Dr. Ballew's daughter Paula, who lives in St. Louis, travelled to Washington to accept on behalf of the Ballew family.

The Geospatial Intelligence Hall of Fame, formerly known as the NGA Hall of Fame, was renamed to increase the award's scope and give better recognition to GEOINT tradecraft; The Geospatial Intelligence Hall of Fame allows recognition not only of persons who worked at NGA or one of its heritage organizations, but to others who have had a profound effect on the field of geospatial intelligence.

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The new Director, NGA, Mr. Robert Cardillo, has issued his intent for the Agency.  Read the full intent at: https://www1.nga.mil/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/NewNGAdirectorreleaseshisintentforagency.aspx.

The Director also wrote an open letter to NGA's industry partners. The letter, which might be of interest to several of you is online at: https://www1.nga.mil/MediaRoom/LeadingStories/Pages/OpenLettertoIndustry.aspx

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NGA has released its current Organization Chart. It can be viewed HERE. The new NGA leadership is found at this LINK.

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The article at the following link was written by Aliya Silverstein and published in nextgov.com. Her interview with Mr. Paul Weise was coordinated with him via the NGAA. Although NGAA is not mentioned in the article, this is an excellent example of how the Association can be proactive behind the scenes. Please read the article at: http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2015/04/bionic-eyes-are-no-match-curiosity-pentagons-cartographers/109951/

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Family Donates Thomas Finnie’s Historic Personal Collection to NGA

                         By Jessica Daues, Office of Corporate Communications

The family of the late Thomas C. Finnie, former technical director of the Aeronautical Chart and Information Center and Defense Mapping Agency, donated approximately 30 items from Finnie’s personal collection to NGA’s History Program.

Included in the items is a collection of 23 moon photographs presented to Finnie by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in recognition of the assistance provided to NASA on its moon landing efforts by ACIC and DMA.

The memorabilia was given to the agency by Thomas Finnie’s son William Finnie on behalf of the Finnie family.

“We are incredibly proud of our dad and what he did for our country,” William Finnie said.

WilliamFinnie said that previously the collection has been stored at home. “The history here is just incredible,” Finnie said. “I knew more people would be able to see these items at NGA.”

The collection – which includes awards, acknowledgements, photographs, lithographs, certificates and more – will be catalogued and become part of historical exhibits at NCW and NCE in the coming months, said Gary Weir, NGA historian.

“This collection documents a life that was integral to the agency,” Weir said. “Having these items here will help NGA better understand and tell the story of Thomas Finnie and NGA predecessor agencies ACIC and DMA.”

Thomas Finnie served as technical director of ACIC from 1962-1972 and then served as director of management and technology for DMA from 1972-74. He was one of the initial eight Department of Defense planners who assisted the DMA director, Lt. Gen. Howard W. Penney, in organizing DMA in 1972.

Finnie’s career with the U.S. government started in July 1937 with the Department of Agriculture. He then practiced engineering and surveying and served on the faculty at the University of Kentucky. As an army officer in World War II, Finnie commanded the 66th Engineer Topographic Company during several southwest Pacific campaigns.

He retired from the federal government in 1974. In 2001, Finnie was inducted into the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) Hall of Fame. He passed away in 2003.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation renamed its lifetime achievement award, the Arthur C. Lundahl—Thomas C. Finnie Lifetime Achievement Award, to honor Finnie.

Captions (Photos by Dick Fonner, NGA Office of Corporate Communications.):

Thomas Finnie’s collection includes awards, photographs, certificates and more.

NASA presented 23 moon photographs to Finnie in recognition for the assistance provided to NASA in its moon landing efforts by ACIC and DMA. This photograph shows astronaut Buzz Aldrin saluting an American flag planted in lunar soil.

William Finnie (right), Thomas Finnie’s son, donated the collection to NGA.

Approved for public release, case 14-469.

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ARSENAL WALKING TOUR
NGA has compiled a digital walking tour of The St. Louis Arsenal at NGA-West.  To take the tour just go to ARSENAL TOUR here.