A small note in this month’s Pathfinder magazine (pdf), published by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), confirms ever-closer ties between Esri and the intelligence community.
The confirmation that a CRADA or Cooperative Research and Development Agreement was continued over the summer comes in the November-December 2011 issue.
A brief note reads in part that:
The Esri-NGA partnership has provided benefits by encouraging collaboration resulting in the advancement of Esri’s geospatial software solutions supporting GEOINT processes…
Under the latest CRADA agreement, Esri and NGA will work closely to address enhancements to Esri software to better support imagery exploitation, geopositioning, mapping and charting and Web-based solutions.
David Wesloh of the Office of Chief Information Officer, NGA’s principal investigator for the CRADA is also briefly quoted as saying that “There have been many examples of Esri rapidly responding to address a critical need identified by NGA in support of a crisis situation or production requirement.”