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Global Interoperability Consortium To Demonstrate Unique Use Of Cloud Computing For The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

The work falls under the auspices of Tip Slater, NCOIC director of business development, and Chuck MacDonough, NCOIC NGA program manager. Both will employ NCOIC processes that ensure consistency with the contract's objectives and the neutral working environment required by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget's A119 regulation.

"Governments have spent billions on satellites that can locate objects on Earth, and those systems give us very reliable data about the latest situations on the ground," Slater said. "But why shouldn't we encourage the Web community to contribute their own views of the reality they see every hour of every day? Clouds offer the global reach for data storage, retrieval and survivability that could help NCOIC validate this work on behalf of NGA."

Cycle One team member contributions include:
  • NJVC: Team leader for the project; designing, implementing and managing a federated cloud environment that provides baseline infrastructure services to participating NCOIC member companies
  • Boeing: Geoservices through a Boeing-developed set of capabilities via its OpenGeo software
  • Open Geospatial Consortium: Expertise to monitor, offer advice and report on the use of OGC standards throughout the demonstration period
  • The Aerospace Corporation: An OpenStack-based cloud and a virtual organization management system patterned after the one used by the Worldwide Large Hadron Collider Computing Grid

About NGAThe National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is the nation's primary source of geospatial intelligence, or GEOINT for the Department of Defense and the U.S. Intelligence Community. As a DoD combat support agency and a member of the IC, NGA provides GEOINT, in support of U.S. national security and defense, as well as disaster relief. GEOINT is the exploitation and analysis of imagery and geospatial information that describes, assesses and visually depicts physical features and geographically referenced activities on the Earth.

About NCOICThe Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium's core capability is enabling interoperability among and between domains such as aerospace, civil and military operations, air traffic management, health care and more. NCOIC is a global not-for-profit organization with an eight-year history of developing world-class skills and tools that help its members and customers to operate effectively across diverse global market sectors and domains. For more information, visit

Note to editors : NCOIC's 2010 interoperability demonstrations included eight consortium members working collaboratively across the Atlantic. They linked 10 industry labs to prove that all could share -- in real time -- a common operating picture of the Haitian crisis. They developed and used a technical and operational framework that enabled disparate systems and people to communicate across national and corporate cultures. Their collaboration resulted in time, cost and risk savings. For more information go to

SOURCE Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium

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