RECOMMENDATION 15: Define and publicly articulate the current and future geospatial information systems architecture at a level of detail sufficient for researchers to design projects that are easily integrated with it.
RECOMMENDATION 16: Be explicit about how the results of R&D projects can be incorporated into current and future architectures, and provide administrative support to researchers and developers to ensure that they are connected with the appropriate NGA staff and contractors to facilitate technology vetting and transfer.
Although most of NGA’s R&D programs do not forbid the involvement of non-U.S. nationals, companies, and institutions, there is little involvement in NGA’s R&D portfolio by citizens and corporations from coalition countries. This has the consequences of loss of benefit from strands of research being actively addressed by external research groups, under-appreciation of the research directions and potential future architectural developments of allies, and given a shortage of first-rate geospatial research expertise globally, loss of an intellectual contribution from leading research groups that could accelerate NGA’s research time scales. The committee noted several instances in which minor problems resulting directly from the ability or inability to share information and techniques became sufficient to restrict the scope or execution of research. The committee therefore recommends the following.
RECOMMENDATION 17: Work to broadly involve the geospatial science and technology R&D community from coalition countries, to ensure that NGA has access to the broadest possible pool of expertise.