Robert Cardillo: NGA Needs to Address Full-Motion Video Automation

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Robert Cardillo

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo has said extracting data and insights from full-motion video has posed a challenge to NGA, Breaking Defense reported Monday.

FMV is “time-consuming, manually intensive, redundantly exploited, poorly integrated and it leaves a great deal of useful data unexploited and undiscovered,” Cardillo said Monday at the GEOINT Symposium in San Antonio, Texas.

He said he has tapped Buzz Roberts, special programs lead at NGA, to serve as the agency’s chief of artificial intelligence, automation and augmentation to help advance FMV automation efforts.

Cardillo, an inductee into Executive Mosaic’s Wash100 for 2017, said NGA plans to set up a public-private partnership to help facilitate collaboration with industry.

He noted that Anthony Vinci, director of plans and programs at NGA, will lead the proposed public-private partnership that seeks to invest NGA’s data, analysis and byproducts into companies, startups and concepts.

“The goal would be to obtain a return on that data in the form of new or transformed data, new algorithms, trained machine vision approaches or an application of linked software,” he added.

Cardillo also tapped David Bray, chief information officer at the Federal Communications Commission, to join NGA in July to lead the newly created office of ventures and innovation, the report noted.

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