The opening sentences of the chapter I recently wrote with Trevor Barnes read:
On July 13, 2010, a press release announced that the GIS company ESRI and the National Geospatial–Intelligence Agency (NGA) had signed a “strategic agreement.” ESRI would provide support for NGA’s goals of geospatial intelligence, or GEOINT. The release garnered little attention, which was hardly surprising. ESRI CEO Jack Dangermond noted in the release that his company had supported the NGA for over two decades.
Esri have now announced that they will attend next week’s GEOINT (geospatial intelligence) conference in New Orleans. Again, as I wrote above, hardly surprising. Here’s the specific claim for the use of GIS in intelligence, from Dangermond:
“Esri technology is uniquely qualified to handle many forms of intelligence such as data from satellite imagery and information collected using handheld devices,” said Esri president Jack Dangermond. “When analyzed and displayed using GIS, subtle geographic patterns emerge from the intelligence that would otherwise be difficult to see.”
I wonder if all the people mapping the WikiLeaks events will also take a booth? 🙂