The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is weeks away from its GEOINT 2016 Symposium, which will take place May 15 through 18 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. 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 defense, intelligence, and homeland security communities and other federal and civil GEOINT users and producers the opportunity to learn from senior leaders through an agenda of keynote speeches, panel discussions and breakout tracks.

GEOINT 2016 will feature an extensive exhibit hall with more than 260 organizations 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)
  • James R. Clapper: Director of National Intelligence
  • Stacey Dixon: Deputy director, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
  • Parag Khanna: TED speaker, global strategist, managing partner of Hybrid Reality and author
  • Marcel Lettre: Undersecretary of defense for intelligence
  • Douglas L. Loverro: Deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy
  • Betty J. Sapp: Director, National Reconnaissance Office
  • Lt. Gen. John N.T. "Jack" Shanahan: Director of defense intelligence for Warfighter Support, U.S. Air Force
  • Bradford Tousley: Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
  • Stephen P. Welby: Assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering
  • B. 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 and predictive analytics. 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, May 15. 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. It requires separate registration to attend.

About the GEOINT Symposium

Hosted and produced by USGIF, the annual GEOINT Symposium is the nation’s largest gathering of industry, academia and government to include the defense, intelligence, and homeland security communities, as well as commercial, federal/civil, state and local geospatial intelligence stakeholders. A diverse, global community of GEOINT stakeholders attends the GEOINT Symposium.


USGIF is a nonprofit educational foundation dedicated to promoting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft and developing a stronger GEOINT Community with government, industry, academia, professional organizations, and individuals who develop and apply geospatial intelligence to address national security challenges.