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Project Title:

Future U.S. Workforce for Geospatial Intelligence
PIN: DELS-BESR-10-02        

Major Unit:

Division on Earth and Life Studies
Policy and Global Affairs

Sub Unit: Board on Earth Sciences & Resources
Board on Higher Education & Workforce

RSO: Linn, Anne

Subject/Focus Area: Computers and Information Technology; Earth Sciences; Education; Environment and Environmental Studies; Labor Force Issues; National Security and Defense

Project Scope
An ad hoc committee will examine the need for geospatial intelligence expertise in the United States compared with the production of experts in the relevant disciplines, and discuss possible ways to ensure adequate availability of the needed expertise.  In its report the committee will:

1.  Examine the current availability of U.S. experts in geospatial intelligence disciplines and approaches and the anticipated U.S. availability of this expertise for the next 20 years.  The disciplines and approaches to be considered include the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's (NGA’s) 5 core areas and promising research areas identified in the May 2010 NRC workshop on 'New Research Directions for the NGA.' [The core areas include remote sensing and imagery science; photogrammetry and geomatics; geodesy and geophysics; cartographic science; and geographic information systems and geospatial analysis.] 

2.  Identify any gaps in the current or future availability of this expertise relative to NGA’s need.

3.  Describe U.S. academic, government laboratory, industry, and professional society training programs for geospatial intelligence disciplines and analytical skills.

4.  Suggest ways to build the necessary knowledge and skills to ensure an adequate U.S. supply of geospatial intelligence experts for the next 20 years, including NGA intramural training programs or NGA support for training programs in other venues.

The report will not include recommendations on policy issues such as funding, the creation of new programs or initiatives, or government organization.

This project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense.
The approximate start date for the project is July 19, 2010
The report is expected to be issued by spring 2012

Project Duration: 21 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 03/24/2011
 Meeting 2 - 05/23/2011
 Meeting 3 - 07/26/2011
 Meeting 4 - 10/06/2011


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Future U.S. Workforce for Geospatial Intelligence