USGIF Confirms More than 100 Speakers for GEOINT 2016 Symposium

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is weeks away from its GEOINT 2016 Symposium, which will take place May 15-18 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Fl.

The theme of this year’s Symposium is “The GEOINT Revolution”—in recognition of the advent and confluence of multiple technologies advancing geospatial intelligence and promoting its ubiquity. 

The GEOINT Symposium is hosted annually by USGIF and offers the defense, intelligence, and homeland security communities and other federal and civil users and producers the opportunity to learn from senior leaders through an exciting agenda of keynote speeches, panel discussions, and breakout tracks. GEOINT 2016 will feature an extensive exhibit hall with more than 260 organizations showcasing new technologies, solutions, and services. Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Confirmed speakers for GEOINT 2016 include:

  • Robert Cardillo, Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
  • The Honorable James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence
  • Stacey Dixon, Deputy Director, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
  • Parag Khanna, TED Speaker, Global Strategist, Managing Partner of Hybrid Reality, and Author
  • The Honorable Marcel Lettre, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
  • Douglas L. Loverro, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy
  • Betty J. Sapp, Director, National Reconnaissance Office
  • Gen. John N.T. “Jack” Shanahan, Director of Defense Intelligence for Warfighter Support, U.S. Air Force
  • Bradford Tousley, Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
  • The Honorable Stephen P. Welby, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
  • Lynn Wright, Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence, U.S. Navy

Sixty hours of dedicated professional development, training, and education sessions will also be available. In these sessions, GEOINT subject matter experts teach short courses on topics such as activity-based intelligence, human geography, big data, predictive analytics, and more. The training sessions are accredited to offer attendees continuing education units or professional development units.

USGIF will also host GEOINT Foreword, its pre-symposium event, May 15. GEOINT Foreword is a science and technology-focused day that brings together government, academia, and industry to discuss innovation and advances in the GEOINT tradecraft. The Foreword agenda includes presentations from four national laboratories; lightning talks; and keynote addresses from Phil Gilbert, general manager for IBM Design, and Dr. Peter Highnam, director of research at NGA. The events’ Foreword requires separate registration to attend.

The GEOINT 2016 exhibit hall will May 16-18 feature a Government Pavilion Stage where government leaders will discuss business opportunities for industry. Speakers include Dave Lilley, Department of Homeland Security; Terry Busch, Defense Intelligence Agency; Dr. Joseph F. Fontanella, U.S. Army Geospatial Center; John Goolgasian, Dave Cacner, Karyn Hayes-Ryan, Sue Gordon, and Misty Tullar, all of NGA; and many more.

In addition to the exciting presentations, exhibit hall, and training opportunities, GEOINT 2016 also features rich networking events, presentations from USGIF working groups and committees, a golf tournament to help fund USGIF educational initiatives, and much more.

Visit GEOINT’s website to register for the Symposium. For registration questions, contact SPARGO at or call 866-849-9827.


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