participants also identified potential implications of implementing these research directions for the future workforce and other aspects of the scientific infrastructure. None of the material discussed or presented at the workshop was classified.

Workshop participants included twenty-nine researchers drawn from a wide range of disciplines, with special emphasis on the core areas and cross-cutting issues. In addition, five observers from NGA and other parts of the intelligence community participated in the discussions. Altogether, forty-eight participants attended the workshop, including NRC staff.


This report is the committee’s summary of what transpired at the workshop. It reflects only those topics emphasized during workshop presentations, discussions, and background papers, and is not intended as a comprehensive summary of all topics and issues relevant to the research underlying the production of geospatial intelligence. Moreover, this report does not contain any consensus recommendations or conclusions. The documented observations or views contained in this report are those of individual participants or groups of participants and do not necessarily represent the consensus of the workshop participants or the committee.

Chapter 2 summarizes the presentations and working group results on NGA’s core areas and the cross-cutting themes, respectively. Chapter 3 presents the short list of new research directions selected by workshop participants and discusses some implications of implementing them on the research infrastructure. Biographical sketches of committee members are given in Appendix A. Appendix B lists the white papers written for the workshop as well as the key note talks presented at the workshop. The workshop participants and agenda are given in Appendixes C and D, respectively. Additional notes from the workshop breakout sessions are provided in Appendix E.

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