The US spy agencies and security organizations usually gather from the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) to plan battles and eradicate disasters. NGA’s director of operations, David Gauthier, admitted that the agency would depend not only on the government resources to obtain geospatial intelligence and information but also on the private industry, which has been progressively developing its capacities to gather such data.
NGA has been serving as an agency for distributing national security intelligence to law enforcement agencies before the NRO relinquished the agency from procuring satellites for imaging. Nevertheless, NGA still has a say in this process since it determines the analytics expertise to clarify the data collected by these satellites.
NGA is identifying modern data collectors who can detect and give accurate positions of objects or operations to partner with them and gather the data for use by the security agencies. Additionally, the agency is recruiting commercial businesses in the geospatial services sector to supply various imaging services.
For instance, NGA is looking for companies that use radio-frequency for location identification to utilize their national security operations data. Additionally, the agency seeks vendors who can supply various imaging services that can give a pure picture of the real activities or objects when integrated.
The NGA is happy to partner with commercial vendors. They have the advanced technology to obtain crucial intel that would be obsolete or fragmented when the agency uses its traditional imagery to collect. The agency loves the idea of integrating technical data from various vendors before conducting military operations in calculated moves.
NGA has contracted with various vendors like BlackSky, which directly contacts their giant partners to obtain vital intelligence. The agency no longer needs to perform tedious and unsuccessful operations but to give contracts and monitor data delivery.
NGA’s David Gauthier explained that they intend to keep in touch with these commercial agencies as they grow to their potential. This move will help the companies to thrive in the industry with numerous competitors.
David Gauthier noted that some of the commercial vendors of geospatial intelligence are growing slowly because they still depend on the giant companies for data before they can impart in their algorithms. This strategy involves a lot of synchronization, and therefore, the giant company must have a deep sense of trust with the vendor before making such partnerships.
To sum up, the integration of imagery data from multiple sources requires government authorization. Therefore, some companies will be dependent on the government or send their data to NGA for integration; a procedure moat companies would consider non-confidential.