USGIF Announces Stand-up of Space Situational Awareness Working Group

USGIF Announces Stand-up of Space Situational Awareness Working Group

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) has announced the stand-up of a new working group focused on Space Situational Awareness. This new working group aims to inform and educate the global GEOINT community to form a common understanding between government, industry, and academic stakeholders on how ground- and space-based sensors, information derived from those sensors, and space-domain analytics contribute to building a comprehensive understanding of the entire space domain. This new working group will be led by co-chairs Denny Brisley, President and Chief Operating Officer of NorthStar Earth and Space Systems, and Robert Zitz, of Robert Zitz and Associates, LLC.

Space Situational Awareness -Amazon Web Services Becomes USGIF USGIF scholarship opportunities-Herndon, Virginia (April 5, 2021)—The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is pleased to welcome Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its newest Strategic-Level Member. AWS is the latest company to join the growing list of USGIF organizational members and is its 27th Strategic-Level Member. AWS is a leading cloud platform, offering over 200 fully featured services from data centers globally. Many enterprise and government customers use AWS Cloud to transform their organizations and businesses. AWS offers the most comprehensive and broadly adopted platform of services and features, which allow their customers to be more agile while reducing computing costs. Geospatial customers benefit from the ease, speed, and cost-effectiveness of their services, which frees them from having to purchase, maintain, and operate their own servers and data centers. USGIF organizational membership enables organizations to play an integral role in the advancement of the geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) tradecraft through professional development and unparalleled interaction with community leaders, decision-makers, as well as the GEOINTers of today and tomorrow. USGIF Strategic-Level membership is the highest and most inclusive level of organizational membership. Benefits include complimentary GEOINT Symposium registrations, exclusive access to USGIF events, and the ability to participate in forums exclusive to USGIF Strategic-Level Members. “Having AWS join the Foundation as a Strategic-Level Member is truly a big deal for us,” stated Ronda Schrenk, USGIF chief executive officer. “They bring a unique perspective and wealth of knowledge to our community and organization. We look forward to an engaging and symbiotic relationship.” To learn more about USGIF’s organizational membership program, visit About USGIF USGIF is a nonprofit educational foundation dedicated

In its initial efforts, the Space Situational Awareness Working Group intends to engage with stakeholders to ensure a common understanding of any demands that will be placed on the services and applications layers of Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, Department of Commerce, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and other government agencies’ information technology architectures as enhanced multi-modal ground and space-based sensors come on line, and as the information and analytics derived from these sensors become available. Brisley and Zitz hope to guide the group in addressing standards related to these systems and to share the Working Group’s findings with appropriate government stakeholders. 

Announcing this new working group, USGIF Chief Executive Officer Ronda Schrenk noted, “As the space domain becomes more congested and contested, the GEOINT community’s ability to protect national security, support commercial activities, and advance scientific research may be challenged. By establishing this group focused on how the community is postured to monitor the space environment, we hope to inform our members and national security stakeholders about the steps and investments needed to ensure the United States and our allies have continued access to space.” 

The Space Situational Awareness Working Group will hold its initial meeting during the GEOINT 2023 Symposium on May 22nd at 2:00 PM Central Time. All GEOINT Symposium attendees are welcome to attend the meeting. 

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