The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is building a commercial buying guide for its partners across the defense, intelligence and federal community, as the agency increasingly turns to commercial sources for imagery analysis and other geospatial intelligence.

Dave Gauthier, director of commercial and business operations at NGA, said the “commercial supplier matrix” will help match users who may need airfield monitoring, for instance, with the best service available to them.

“The intent is for my organization to have the best information or knowledge about all these capabilities out there in the supply side,” Gauthier said during an interview on “Inside the IC.” “And then take the requirements we get from our users and do the best we can at orchestrating and matching commercial supplier solutions to the needs of our users.”

NGA is leading a shift toward turning to commercial sources of GEOINT as “primary sources” of intelligence, as opposed to internal, often highly classified capabilities. The shift is spelled out in NGA’s latest commercial GEOINT strategy released in the fall.



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