July 8, 2009
RESTON, Va., -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) marked the transition of an improved capability that will rapidly ingest and disseminate imagery from U.S. commercial satellite companies to warfighters and intelligence analysts worldwide.
"Improved dissemination of imagery acquired through commercial sources is a key component of an ongoing mission objective of NGA," said NGA Director Vice Adm. Robert Murrett. "The data acquired by these sources provide a means to supplement and back up the existing national capabilities."
The effort was related to the agency's NextView program, in which NGA receives imagery from U.S. commercial satellite companies. With the new dissemination capability, NGA systems can now ingest and disseminate greater amounts of commercial satellite imagery daily, providing it to users more quickly.
"This is an amazing accomplishment to upgrade an existing system and significantly enhance dissemination to our warfighters," said Guy DuBois, vice president of Operational Technologies and Solutions for Raytheon's Intelligence and Information Systems business. "The capability upgrades will better meet imagery intelligence needs and provide the government with more flexibility to respond to unforeseen challenges."
NGA has also tasked Raytheon to provide the next generation of services to disseminate data from multiple sources to its users. The new Geospatial Intelligence Data Transformation Services, an effort under a current Raytheon program, permits NGA to ingest and disseminate data from numerous data providers with varying formats and sensor platforms.
Integrating these data sources into the National System for Geospatial Intelligence will provide warfighters and the intelligence community with a broad set of new and improved geospatial intelligence products to meet mission needs.