awarded procurement agreements to the Rosettex Technology and Ventures Group, a joint venture formed by Sarnoff Corporation and SRI International, and the Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Technology Alliance (CBRTA), administered by 3M Company, to address technology needs in geospatial intelligence; information processing; data management; information technology infrastructure; and chemical, biological, and radiological defense and security. Between them, Rosettex and CBRTA have assembled teams of more than 100 leading research universities, institutes, laboratories, and commercial companies, with facilities in 34 states and across the globe, to support these processes.


In 2002, NGA established a partnership with In-Q-Tel to support investment in geospatial technology advancement. Chartered in 1999 as a private, independent, nonprofit corporation, In-Q-Tel is an evolving blend of corporate strategic venture capital, business, nonprofit, and government R&D models. In-Q-Tel leverages third-party money and resources to deliver technology solutions that the intelligence community could not afford to develop on its own and, thus, can deliver technologies that will be supported over the long run by government and commerce. Designed to increase the IC’s access to new technologies and talent, In-Q-Tel involves government and private labs and universities, and both startups and established enterprises, in unclassified activities. In-Q-Tel and NGA partner on geospatial technology investments and next-generation geospatial information systems to move beyond cartography to develop fully integrated analytic environments for geospatial and location information and services.


NGA has redefined its own mission around a new form of intelligence, GEOINT. Consequently, NGA faces major challenges in the years ahead, and research will play a strategic and critical role in ensuring that current and future goals are met. While NGA has been active in promoting research, this has occurred through parallel and generally independent mechanisms, publicly most visible through NARP. In the following chapters, the committee reports on its examination of the challenges that must be supported by research, the most difficult research questions that have to be addressed, and the institutional and technical framework for research within NGA. Recommendations are made to assist NGA in reaching its ambitious future goals.

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