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Robert Cardillo: NGA Leverages Tech to Process Large Amounts of Satellite Data

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Robert Cardillo, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, has said NGA works to process and analyze huge volumes of satellite-based imagery data through technology adoption, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

“As the computer gets better at that, it can help us to understand where there are changes in not just from day to day, but in what we call patterns of life — hostile threat, adversarial capability that we seek to understand, employment of a missile system,” Cardillo said Thursday at the George T. Kalaris Intelligence Conference at Georgetown University.

He noted how NGA has relied on commercial platforms to meet its mission’s unclassified aspects and works to support its analysts with advances in data science.

“So yes, we’re pushing hard, we’re recruiting hard our data science component, and our skillset on our staff, but we have not let up to ensure that we have the right number, the right balance of those people that can drive that data science to help us understand that human intent,” Cardillo added.

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