Statement for the Record Before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence: Robert Cardillo, Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency [open pdf - 285KB]
This is an open hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. From the statement for the record of NGA (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency) Director Robert Cardillo: "NGA and our geospatial-intelligence (GEOINT) partners help decision makers, military commanders, and first responders understand what's happening at any given place and time, and anticipate what may happen next. I believe our motto says it all, 'Know the earth, show the way, and understand the world.' Individually and collectively, I can attest that we are fully committed to our Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense (DOD) responsibilities and broader obligation to the nation's security. NGA and our GEOINT partners across the national security community are critical to the IC's commitment to minimize surprise and enable decision advantage. We are routinely able to respond more dynamically than other traditional intelligence disciplines, as we have worldwide reach, increasingly persistent collection and systematic analytic access. With the explosion in publicly available information and non-traditional sources, the IC no longer has a monopoly on access or insight, but the IC is routinely asked to corroborate what is being reported and to put it into the context of what we know about the evolving issue, to include the motives of the participants and the potential threats to our interests. [...] NGA and our NSG [National System for Geospatial-Intelligence] partners, including the combatant commands and the service agencies, are integral players in operations to degrade and disrupt the ability of terrorist organizations. Every day, our analysts support our government's antiterrorism activities around the world."
U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence: https://intelligence.senate.gov/