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Winners Announced in the 2009 USGIF Geospatial Intelligence Awards Program
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November, 2009

SAN ANTONIO--(Business Wire)-- The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation today announced the winners
of its 2009 USGIF Awards Program. This year`s recipients are Mr. Andrew
Schaeffer, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency`s Imagery Exploitation
Course Team, the Integrated Collection Management Program Team, the Eagle
Express Production Team and the geospatial engineers on Google Federal team.

"On behalf of USGIF, our Membership and Board of Directors, I congratulate the
2009 Award Program winners," said USGIF President Keith Masback. "Each year the
Awards Program becomes more and more competitive and 2009 was no different. All
applicants were truly deserving of these awards. We feel a sense of pride in
being able to recognize those continuing a pattern of excellence within our

Academic Achievement Award- Mr. Andrew Schaeffer was a model student during his
attendance of the Basic Analytical Training (BAT) and the
Geospatial-Intelligence Training Program (GITP). Mr. Schaeffer is a dedicated
professional who strove for perfection in all aspects of the course by
demonstrating sound judgment and flexibility not normally noted in someone so
junior to the agency and intelligence community. Mr. Schaeffer completed the
grueling five month long GITP as the honor graduate, a testament to his desire
to excel at his new profession, completing the course with an astounding 98
percent, a task only few have ever achieved. During the last five days of the
course Mr. Schaeffer was chosen as a team leader for an exercise that
encapsulated all aspects of the previous five months of training. During his
role as team lead, he used exceptional people skills and tact to guide, direct
and mentor his team to success.

Academic Research Award- The Imagery Exploitation Course Team demonstrated the
highest levels of professional excellence in producing a first-ever world-class
curriculum for motion imagery exploitation training. Their commitment to
excellence and ability to leverage community involvement resulted in a highly
collaborative effort lauded by the motion imagery community. The Motion Imagery
Exploitation Course is an 80-hour, hands-on course that introduces students to
the exploitation of Large Volume Streaming Data (LVSD) and Full Motion Video
(FMV) and is the only definitive advanced level training available in the
community. The Motion Imagery Exploitation Course Team is a group of
Intelligence Community professionals with diverse analytical backgrounds.
Together they have been at the developmental forefront of the motion imagery
tradecraft, and pioneers of education and training in this rapidly evolving

Intelligence Achievement Award (Government Division) - The broad-based
government and industry team responsible for executing the Integrated Collection
Management (ICM) Program has achieved unprecedented integration and
collaboration successes in support of congressional and executive mandates for
intelligence reform in the areas of mission management, collection and
production operations. The ICM team developed a scalable, adaptable multi-INT
operations capability that is increasingly enabling NSA, NGA, DIA, NRO and
mission partners to improve their capacity, versatility and agility in
collection and production as a dynamically integrated intelligence, surveillance
and reconnaissance force. This matrixed team of individuals from diverse areas
of the community united in 2007 for a common purpose of achieving post-9/11
intelligence reform objectives at further integrating Intelligence Community and
Department of Defense operations. Referred to by senior leaders across the
community as the "coalition of the willing," the ICM team successfully developed
and continues instantiating new work roles, mission processes and technologies
that are transforming the traditionally stovepiped collection domains through an
unprecedented level of integration.

Intelligence Achievement Award (Military Division)- The Eagle Express Production
Team delivery organized and led by U.S. Air Force A2U and the NATO C3 Agency Geo
Team met critical needs of the ISAF CJ2 Geo Community at the Headquarters and
Regional Command levels in a remarkably short period - unprecedented from the
NATO perspective. The Eagle Express Production is based on NATO-standard GIS
solutions augmented by state-of-the-art components delivering a mission critical
capability to insure geospatial information superiority to the coalition
warfighters in Afghanistan. After identification of capability gaps, the team,
made up of U.S. Air Force Col. Vic Kuchar, U.S. Air Force Capt. Steve Wackowski,
Mr. John Teufert and Mr. Paul Teague, took immediate and significant mitigating
action to get the warfighters the right support when needed, where needed. In
less than 12 months, beginning with the capturing of requirements, complete
geospatial production hardware/software/data kits, and training were delivered
successfully to the HQ ISAF CJ2 Regional Command geo cells at Kabul, Bagram,
Kandahar, Heart and Mazar e Sharif. This is the first time in NATO history that
all coalition forces are fighting off the same maps.

Intelligence Achievement Award (Industry Division)- The geospatial engineers on
the Google Federal team developed a version of the Google Earth Enterprise
software which is specifically aimed at delivering mission critical GEOINT to
the last tactical mile. Their work has enabled a new product from Google, Google
Earth Enterprise Portable, which is now being field tested and used in
Afghanistan and other areas of operation. The portable systems are enabling the
warfighter and NGO's on humanitarian missions to have high-resolution imagery
for the entire country of their interest in the familiar Google Earth
application without the need for network connectivity. This has proven critical
in the field where bandwidth and connectivity are never a certainty, and is
seldom similar to the highly connected world for which Google Earth was

The USGIF Awards Program recognizes the outstanding achievements and innovations
made within the geospatial intelligence tradecraft. The Geospatial Intelligence
Achievement Awards and Geospatial Academic Achievement Awards are presented to
those nominated by the community and selected by the USGIF Outreach Committee`s
Awards Subcommittee.

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
education corporation. The Foundation is dedicated to promoting the geospatial
intelligence tradecraft and developing a stronger community of interest between
government, industry, academia, individuals and professional organizations whose
mission focus is the development and application of geospatial intelligence to
address national security objectives. For more information on the Foundation,

United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation
Jordan Fuhr
Director of Communications


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