Vice Adm. Robert Sharp, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and a 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, told C4ISRNET in an interview published Wednesday about adopting his predecessorâs NGA strategy, which focuses on people, partnerships, mission today and mission tomorrow. Sharp discussed how NGA leverages commercial sources and international partners and how the agency works with GEOINT startups.
âWe need to be able to help them to demystify the process they know and look for ways that we can interact with smaller companies so that they can get involved in bringing solutions to bare,â he said. âWeâve done so successfully in a number of ways where weâve even leveraged some of the larger companies where they broker for us, making sure that these smaller companies understand some of the challenges that we have and then reward them and those other companies help them through the contracting and some of the bureaucracy associated with U.S. government.â
He shared his insights on three commercial study contracts the National Reconnaissance Office awarded in June to evaluate companiesâ capability to provide imagery to NGA and how Esriâs slogan âsee what others canâtâ applies to the agencyâs work. Sharp also discussed how NGA addresses issues with its civilian workforce through âpeople summits.â