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11.16.2020 | Earth Intelligence

Harnessing GEOINT from Data to Decision

By: Maxar Technologies

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The Earth Intelligence 2020 Summit, hosted by Defense Strategies Institute, focused on how government and industry work together to further the national mission. Maxar CEO Dan Jablonsky and Maxar Executive Vice President of Global Field Operations Tony Frazier delivered welcome remarks about a new era with new capabilities. As government and industry work together, Dan and Tony emphasized the need to extract meaningful insights from massive amounts of data on rapid timelines and share information across platforms rather than act in silos.

Dan Jablonsky and Tony Frazier set the stage for the speakers and panels that followed at Earth Intelligence 2020.

Earth Intelligence 2020 featured a breadth of rich conversations including:

Keynote: Commercial Industry’s Role in Supporting Critical Government Missions | Pete Muend, Director, Commercial Systems Program Office, NRO

In his presentation, Pete stressed the need for innovation and outlined growing demand for higher spatial and temporal resolution imagery, information assurance, cyber security, data fusion and integrated hybrid architectures. He also expressed NRO’s desire for easy-to-understand, standardized licensing for greater speed and flexibility.

Keynote: Combining Commercial and Government GEOINT Capabilities to Create a Hybrid Architecture | Dave Gauthier, Director, Commercial and Business Operations, NGA

In this session and Q&A, Dave emphasized the demands for greater persistence, automation and direct-downlink capabilities. He mentioned maritime monitoring and space situational awareness as critical use cases and pointed to running artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML)-based feature extraction, object detection and behavior prediction on 3D data as integral parts of future workflows.

Panel: Open Data and Mapping Capabilities for Disaster Response

When talking about global disaster response efforts, first responders often encounter so much data that the conundrum becomes, “which data do I use and how do I find it?” This panel discussed ways in which AI/ML, collaboration and 3D capabilities can help manage that big data problem. It also highlighted several key learnings from COVID-19 efforts and outlined some important steps to help move from using data for response and recovery to helping organizations prepare and attempt to mitigate.

Moderator: Eddie Pickle, Senior Director of Insight Solutions, Maxar

Panelists: Will Mortenson, Volunteered Geographic Information Lead, Foundation GEOINT Group, NGA; Dr. David Green, Program Manager, Earth Science Applied Sciences Disasters Program, NASA; Dr. Josh Campbell, U.S. Department of State Intelligence and Research; Grace Kitzmiller, Principal Product Manager, AWS Disaster Response Program, Amazon Web Services;

Explore Maxar’s advanced mapping and analytics capabilities.

Panel: Shortening the Kill Chain with Automated Target Recognition (ATR)

This was another robust discussion that provided insight into the ways in which groups across the Department of Defense (DoD) are approaching the ATR challenge and delivering decision advantage for use cases beyond the kill chain. Panelists agreed on the need to address gaps in AI readiness across policy, equipment, infrastructure and systems, to name a few.

Moderator: MG (ret.) John Ferrari, Chief Administrative Officer, QOMPLX

Panelists: Col. Brad Boyd, USA, Director, Joint Warfighting DoD Joint Artificial Intelligence Center; Alex Miller, SES, Senior Advisor for S&T, HQDA G-2; Col. Nishawn Smagh, USAF, Commander, 363d Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group

Learn more about how Maxar is moving GEOINT processing to the edge.

Fireside Chat: Developing Enhanced Synthetic Training Environments for Realistic Mission Rehearsal

3D data is just for visualization, it is too slow and cost-prohibitive to scale, and it is too heavy to store and disseminate. These were a few of the misperceptions the speakers addressed as they reflected on technology advancements that have shaped the journey to where we are today, and the critical integrations required ahead to provide what is needed, when and to whom.

  • Moderator: Isaac Zaworski, Sr. Director of 3D Products Maxar
  • Guests:
    • MG Maria Gervais, USA, Director, Synthetic Training Environment, Army Futures Command
    • Karen Saunders, SES, Program Executive Officer for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, U.S. Army

See how Maxar is building game-changing authoritative synthetic environments.

If you missed a session or would like to re-watch one or the whole program, the on-demand recordings are available to those who registered in advance here and to those who didn’t here.

This event was broadcast from Alexandria, Virginia, with significant COVID-19 precautions in place following all state and local guidelines. The live broadcast enabled all attendees to tune in virtually—limiting the on-site audience to event staff and speakers who wore masks throughout the program. Additionally, speakers were spaced out by more than 6 feet apart.

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