GEOINT and Open Source Analytics Summit

“Succeeding in the Open”

October 25 – 26, 2016: The Mary M. Gates Learning Center, Alexandria, VA

This educational Summit will engage the Intelligence Community, DoD, DHS, industry and academia in a collaborative, open forum to discuss technological solutions and best practices that enhance the Intelligence Community’s ability to process, exploit, and disseminate open source data

“Moving forward, a large part of GEOINT’s value proposition will come from delivering meaningful consequences to our customers from mutually dependent classified and unclassified sources.How? We must reduce the barriers between our system and the commercial market… In short…the impact of democratization of unclassified content, the integration of content and context, and the persistent mindset… requires industry and NGA to form an even more powerful partnership…. .” Robert Cardillo, Director, NGA (March 2015)



Mr. Jacques Grimes, SES, Director, Defense Analysis and Partner Engagement, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

Mr. Harry Coker, Jr, Director, Open Source Enterprise

Mr. Terry Mitchell, SES, Director of Plans and Integration, Army G2, USA

Mr. Dominic Pohl, DISES ,Executive Director, 25th Air Force

Mr. Matt Schnaidt, Technical Director, Systems and Acquisition Support Directorate, US Army Geospatial Center

Mr. Chris Rasmussen, PM, Unclassified GEOINT Pathfinder & Public Open Source Software Development Lead, NGA

Dr. Benjamin Tuttle, Project Scientist NGA Research, and Lead for Outpost Valley, NGA

Mr. Sander Williams, Mission Manager, Open Content, NGA

Dr. David Alexander, Director, Geospatial Management Office, DHS

Mr. Morgan Bishop, PM, Neuromorphic Fusion for Timely Intelligence, Information Directorate, AFRL

Mr. Peter Muend, NRO

Ms. Carrie Stokes, Director, USAID GeoCenter and Geospatial Technical Advisor, USAID

Commercial Small Satellite panel with: Rob Zitz, Chair, USGIF Small Satellite Working Group; Robbie Schingler, CSO, Planet Labs ; Chris DeMay, COO, HawkEye 360



DSI’s GEOINT and Open Source Analytics Summit is a unique forum that allows for personnel from DoD, the IC, Military Services, Federal Agencies, Industry and Academia to convene in one location.  Our “Town Hall” format is designed to encourage challenging discussion and dialogue among all in attendance.The forum is off the record and non attribution.

Our agendas cover the most current priorities and strive to achieve actionable takeaways for all in attendance.

We limit our attendance size in order to allow everyone a chance to actively participate in the discussions and to mix and mingle with each other easily over the two days we are together.

We encourage you to explore our site  more, give us a call if you have any questions, and we hope to welcome you in October!



Across the DoD and Federal Agencies there is an increased focus on the growing mission need to incorporate openly available information into traditional GEOINT and Multi-INT analysis workflows and processes.

NGA wants to move further toward anticipatory, instead of responsive, analysis, establish on-the-fly analytic services and tools and  make them so flexible that they adapt to the trial and error that is required to answer complex questions.

The NSA is looking to the use of cloud computing and automation to securely deliver both strategic and tactical intelligence.

DIA has created their Innovation Office and acknowledged that: “Given the expansive, open-source environment — combined with social media, rapidly developing new technologies, and growing mission partnerships in an era of diminishing resources — DIA will become increasingly dependent on outside knowledge to succeed”.

For the Air Force, the focus is on commercial space- based GEOINT capabilities to support  full-spectrum awareness and deliver decision advantage to the warfighters and decision systems across all echelons.

Army leadership is working on developing an overarching Army GEOINT CONOP that integrates all-source intelligence at all echelons.

DHS, through their “Whole of Nation Approach” is looking at policies, procedures, and technologies to improve open source intelligence collection, analysis and sharing across the department.

The FBI  is balancing risk and benefits towards open source intelligence in aiding criminal investigations while working on the fusion and analysis of open source  information with other forms of classified  materials  and integrating all-source intelligence

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence supports NGA’s foucs on open source GEOINT stating the Committee encourages the pursuit of “new methods of intelligence collection and analysis to inform, complement, and add to its support of warfighter requirements by looking to emerging commercial technology providers, including small satellite companies, which hold the promise of rapid technological innovation and potentially significant future cost savings to the U.S. taxpayer.” INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017 June 15, 2016



1. The growing mission need to incorporate openly available information into traditional GEOINT and Multi-INT analysis workflows and processes
2. How open source analytics directly supports Multi-INT and Activity Based Intelligence (ABI)
3. Current status of pilot projects and base programs designed to use publicly available information for GEOINT missions
4. Technical challenges associated with real-time ingest, correlation, enrichment, security and use of open sources as either stand-alone architecture or as a fully integrated architecture
5. Options for multi-level-security (MLS), cross-domain security solutions for faster, more secure analysis
6. The growing role of automation in GEOINT and Open Sources analysis
7. How an “Analysis as a Service” business model would support government analysts
8. How big data and deep learning solutions can lead to anticipatory intelligence
9.How the commercial small satellite revolution supports the future GEOINT strategy



Gain Education & Insight:  Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing intelligence officers and analysts.

Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to engage in constructive dialogue among all in attendance.

Influence:  Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All attendees are encouraged to address our speaker faculty and each other with their questions, comments or ideas

Operating Guidance for Government Attendees:

DSI’s Summit directly supports DoD, IC, and federal priorities by providing a conduit for officials to efficiently reach audiences outside of their respective offices that directly impact their department’s mission success, at NO COST to the government, and in an efficient expenditure of time.

DSI’s Summit will provide a forum to address and improve internal and external initiatives, meet with and hear from partner organizations, disseminate vital capability requirements to industry, increase visibility within the larger community, and generally support their mission.

The Symposium is open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal employees and is considered an educational and training forum.

(Industry and academia members are charged a fee for admission)




This Summit offers several distinct opportunities for a few organizations to demonstrate their technologies or solutions that address the Summit subject matter, or to partake in a thought leadership role.  If you are an organization that would like to learn more about how you can be involved, please visit us at: Sponsors and Supporters Page


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Advisory Board

DSI strives to provide the most up to date, mission relevant, topics and discussion points for our meetings.  In order to assure that we are providing the best subject content possible, our Advisory Board Members have volunteered to share their respective insight and expertise with us. We are truly grateful to have their support and guidance as we strive to continually create truly effective meetings and events for all.  Learn more about our Advisory Board Members.