More than 100 Speakers Confirmed for GEOINT 2016 - 28/04/2016

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is weeks away from its GEOINT 2016 Symposium, which will take place in Orlando, Florida, USA, from 15-18 May. The theme of this year’s Symposium is “The GEOINT Revolution” – in recognition of the advent and confluence of multiple technologies advancing geospatial intelligence and promoting its ubiquity.  

The GEOINT Symposium is hosted annually by USGIF and offers the defence, intelligence, and homeland security communities and other federal and civil GEOINT users and producers the opportunity to learn from senior leaders through a packed agenda of keynote speeches, panel discussions, and breakout tracks. GEOINT 2016 will feature an extensive exhibit hall with more than 260 organisations showcasing new technologies, solutions, and services. Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Confirmed speakers for GEOINT 2016 include:

  • Robert Cardillo, director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
  • The Honorable James R. Clapper, director of National Intelligence
  • Dr Stacey Dixon, deputy director, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
  • Parag Khanna, TED Speaker, global strategist, managing partner of Hybrid Reality, and author
  • Marcel Lettre, under secretary of Defence for Intelligence
  • Douglas L. Loverro, deputy assistant secretary of Defence for Space Policy
  • Betty J. Sapp, director, National Reconnaissance Office
  • Gen. John N.T. "Jack" Shanahan, Director of Defence Intelligence for Warfighter Support, U.S. Air Force
  • Dr Bradford Tousley, director, Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency
  • Stephen P. Welby, assistant secretary of Defence for Research and Engineering
  • Lynn Wright, deputy director of Naval Intelligence, U.S. Navy

Sixty hours of dedicated professional development, training, and education sessions will also be available. In these sessions, GEOINT subject matter experts teach short courses on topics such as activity-based intelligence, human geography, big data, predictive analytics, and more. The training sessions are accredited to offer attendees continuing education units or professional development units.


USGIF will also host GEOINT Foreword, its pre-symposium event on15 May. GEOINT Foreword is a science and technology-focused day that brings together government, academia, and industry to discuss innovation and advances in the GEOINT tradecraft. The GEOINT Foreword agenda includes presentations from four national laboratories; lightning talks; and keynote addresses from Phil Gilbert, general manager for IBM Design, and Dr Peter Highnam, director of research at NGA. GEOINT Foreword requires separate registration to attend.

Business opportunities

From 16-18 May, the GEOINT 2016 exhibit hall will feature a Government Pavilion Stage where government leaders will discuss business opportunities for industry. Speakers include Dave Lilley, Department of Homeland Security; Terry Busch, Defense Intelligence Agency; Dr Joseph F. Fontanella, U.S. Army Geospatial Center; John Goolgasian, Dave Cacner, Karyn Hayes-Ryan, Sue Gordon, and Misty Tullar, all of NGA; and many more.

In addition to the presentations, exhibit hall, and training opportunities, GEOINT 2016 also features rich networking events, presentations from USGIF working groups and committees, a golf tournament to help fund USGIF educational initiatives, and much more.

Visit to register for the Symposium. For registration questions, contact SPARGO at [email protected].

Last updated: 02/06/2020