GeoInt 2012

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The GEOINT Symposium is the nation’s largest intelligence event of the year. It takes place Oct. 8-11 in Orlando, Florida. The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is the only organization dedicated to promoting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft and building a stronger GEOINT Community across industry, academia, government, professional organizations and individual stakeholders.

Today at GeoInt 2012, DigitalGlobe announced a new cloud service called “My DigitalGlobe”. The new interface is a thin client that conforms to OGC Web Services (OWS) specifications. The objective is to allow users to find relevant data through advanced map-based seaching and browsing.

The NGA and other agencies of the intelligence community (IC) are moving toward a “common IT desktop”. By March 2013, and in collaboration with the Defense Intelligence Agency and NGA, over 2,000 IC employees will transition to the Common Desktop Environment (CDE) with the goal of 60,000 by March 2014. The objective is to enable geospatial analysts to log on from anywhere in the IC to get to data and applications.

DigitalGlobe says the satellite observation company received a request for additional information from the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) in connection with the Company’s merger with GeoEye. GeoEye also received a Second Request from the DOJ on the same date.

The growing number of international players in the Arctic has led to the boom in spying against the two Scandinavian countries, reports the Barents Observer.

Jacob Scharf, head of the Danish Security and Intelligence Service told Danish newspaper Berlingske that there was a “marked” increase in spying activity directed at the Arctic areas lately.

“We see that certain countries are actively trying to gain a foothold in the north. I can confirm that we, like our Danish sister organization, are seeing increased activity by intelligence agencies in this area,” said Martin Bernsen from the Norwegian Police Security Service.

Norway, with its geographic location, energy resources and high technology, is “an especially attractive target” for spying, Bernsen says.

The Svalbard Undersea Cable System is a 1,440 km (890 mi) fibre optic line from Svalbard to Harstad, needed for communicating with polar orbiting satellite through the Svalbard Satellite Station. Now there’s a rich target for your quantum computer project. Watch out for innocuous data centers popping up in Harstad!

In its 2012 annual evaluation of possible threats against Norway PST writes that “in the years to come, we expect a stronger intelligence-gathering focus against Norwegian political processes, especially those tied to the High North and Svalbard.”

The increasing international attention regarding the possibility of resource extraction in the Arctic archipelago makes it ever more strategically important.

Last year a deal was announced between Rosneft, Russia’s largest state petroleum company, and ExxonMobil to extract petroleum and gas in the Arctic.

Rosneft and pipeline operator Transneft signed a cash-for-oil swap in 2009, where the Russians secured a $25 billion loan from a Chinese bank in exchange for oil supplies to China.

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Posted by Sam Churchill on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 at 9:26 am .

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