U.S. policymakers focus on geospatial intelligence sensors to help safeguard military and economic security

Jan. 4, 2021
Federal policy has discouraged commercial remote sensing when other countries are orbiting increasingly sensitive Earth-observing satellite sensors.

WASHINGTON – A casual observer of Washington politics over the last several years might easily have concluded that Democrats and Republicans don’t agree on anything. Forbes reports. Continue reading original article

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4 Jan. 2021 -- But in fact, they agree on a lot, starting with a recognition of the growing threat that China poses to U.S. military and economic security. One case is geospatial intelligence. People in the national security community call it ‘geoint,’ but it is more commonly known in the civilian world as remote sensing.

Geospatial intelligence is imagery and information that relates human activity to geography. It typically is collected from satellites and aircraft, and can illuminate patterns not easily detectable by other means.

Today the United States has sophisticated orbital and airborne sensors for tracking human behavior on the Earth’s surface, yet the U.S. is rapidly losing leadership in the geoint field that it traditionally has dominated.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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