information science, a list of hard research problems of most relevance to NGA was developed, along with promising methods to pursue. These problems were put into the context of the GEOINT process and prioritized.


Chapter 2 provides background and context for the environment in which research is performed at NGA, describing how NGA and its research program have evolved over time. Chapter 3 discusses NGA’s self-identified top 10 challenges, which provide a context for directing research. Chapter 4 details the hard research problems that NGA should focus on in order to address the top 10 challenges, as well as promising methods for their solution and steps possible in the short and longer term. Chapter 5 makes recommendations concerning research structure. Chapter 6 places the hard research problems into an overall framework for GEOINT and provides priorities for a research agenda.

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