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03 13 2024

NCI Agency attends Geospatial Intelligence forum

The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) attended the 20th anniversary of the annual Defence Geospatial Intelligence (DGI) event, from 11 to 13 March 2024, in London, the United Kingdom. The event is the largest annual gathering dedicated to high-level discussion addressing major challenges of the defence geospatial intelligence community.

The DGI-focused event brings together over 50 nations, including 22 NATO Allies, for discussions on adapting to the ever-evolving landscape with cutting edge capabilities.

NCI Agency attends Geospatial Intelligence forum

The event saw fruitful exchanges of ideas and insights on leveraging artificial intelligence, democratising access to geospatial data, strengthening operational geospatial intelligence, improving cybersecurity measures in space and increasing national security space cooperation.

The NCI Agency was represented by Matt Roper, Chief of the Joint Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR) Centre. The JISR Centre directly supports NATO by enabling the collection, processing, exploitation and dissemination of intelligence data and information to ensure NATO is well informed at political, strategic and tactical levels in operational and strategic environments.

This year, he presented on day one on "Enhancing NATO security and decision making through persistent surveillance." During his presentation, Roper explained the current challenges NATO faces in terms of persistent surveillance, and where collaborative and innovative solutions are needed. Agency experts also participated in various breakout meetings and panel sessions throughout the three-day event, focusing on how geospatial intelligence can be supported, from cloud technology to commercial imagery.

"The DGI conference is a unique global forum that brings together leading authorities in the geospatial domain with respected representatives from military, civilian, government, academia and industry communities - all focused on providing effective solutions to global geospatial intelligence challenges," explains Matt Roper, JISR Centre Chief. "Furthermore, there is a paramount need to establish effective relationships and partnerships to ensure that the Alliance can remain at the cutting edge of maximizing all available data."