NGA developments–a roundup

Here are some developments at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) that have been gleaned from open sources. The NGA is the chief US GEOINT agency.

1. NGA started moving into its new spiffy headquarters on Jan 18, 2011. Current job applicants are being advised they will be moved there this month.


NGA East (NCE) at the former Fort Belvoir Proving Grounds, Va. Aerial photo taken Jan 14, 2011.

The transition will be completed on the symbolic date of Sept. 11, 2011.

2. NGA’s budget and number of employees are classified. But NGA East will accommodate 8,500 people, according to published NGA sources.

3. NGA’s current organization chart shows five “Line” Directorates:

Judging by published comments “Source Operations” (Mary M. Irvin, Dir.) acquires the data and information, and “Analysis & Production” (John A. Oswald, Dir.) produces the intelligence.


John A. Oswald, Director, Analysis and Production Directorate, NGA. He recently spoke at a US-citizen-only, Secret clearance req’d industry conference.

The “Innovision” directorate (Bertram Beaulieu, Dir.) describes itself as “seeing into the future” according to an article by two semi-named people who work for it: “Johanna D.” and “Dr. Dick B.” They describe one activity as “Exabyte-scale computing power will be used to make sense of the vast quantities of real-time, continuous collected data.” They identify the Deputy Director as a Dr. Greg Smith.

4. NGA describes the background check it’ll do if you apply for a job with them:

Because of the classified nature of our work at NGA, all candidates must be eligible for a TOP SECRET/SCI security clearance and must take a polygraph examination. In order to obtain the required security clearance candidates must undergo a thorough Personnel Security background investigation that examines a candidate’s life history, character, trustworthiness, reliability and soundness of judgment. The background investigation includes a review of previous and current employment history (including contact with the candidate’s current employer), verification of education credentials and residential history, and interviews with knowledgeable sources such as friends, neighbors, supervisors, and co-workers. Depending on your situation, the background investigation process may take two and one-half months or longer. Investigators will also examine the potential for conflicts of interest, potential to be coerced and the candidate’s willingness and ability to abide by regulations governing the use, handling and the protection of sensitive information. In addition, credit bureau and criminal background checks are conducted to ensure that all candidates meet the high personnel security standards set by NGA and the Intelligence Community.

You also have to pass drug tests and will be subject to random polygraph tests. They say they get 1,000 applicants a month!

5. Speaking of jobs at NGA, they will recruit at the Seattle AAG meetings.

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