The U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is floating a plan to swap decades of archived Earth imagery for commercially provided data-analysis tools, a move director Robert Cardillo says is critical to fulfilling the agency’s mapping, charting and geodetic missions for government and international partners. If NGA does not take advantage of the algorithms, applications and data management techniques being developed by the commercial sector, Cardillo estimates the agency ...

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