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Report: DoD to End Pilot Program for NGA’s Geoint App Store in December

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The Defense Department is set to conclude in December the two-year pilot program that made the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency-developed GEOINT App Store the department’s official mobile application platform, MeriTalk reported Friday.

Matthew Seitz, technical product manager of the GEOINT App Store, which provides DoD employees access to applications based on their security clearance levels, said at an Advanced Technology Academic Research Center-spearheaded event that the store was able to offer multiple geospatial intelligence apps and mapping tools for warfighters in the field.

The NGA also created a partner program called the Innovative GEOINT Application Provider Program, which allows the agency to negotiate with app developers through a broker without money changing hands up front, the report noted.

Seitz said IGAPP had 112 approved vendors as of last week.

“We have streamlined this process extremely well in the past year or two, since we started doing this big IGAPP thing, and from the time an app is recommended and the time it’s operationalized is a mean time of three days,” Seitz added.