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"Commercial imagery is an increasingly important part of satisfying both existing and emerging security and intelligence challenges," said NRO Director Betty Sapp.

On Aug. 29, NRO awarded DigitalGlobe, a Maxar Technologies company, the EnhancedView Follow-On contract to provide the U.S. government with continued access to commercial imagery. This contract award was part of the transition of the EnhancedView Commercial Imagery contract from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to NRO, which was announced earlier this year, and is an important first step in NRO's embrace of commercial imagery's role in a future overhead architecture.

http://www.nro.gov/Portals/65/documents/news/press/2018/2018-02.pdf

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and National Reconnaissance Office transition commercial imagery acquisition contract

The National Reconnaissance Office and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency transitioned the EnhancedView commercial imagery acquisition contract from NGA to NRO.
As part of the transition, on August 29, 2018, NRO awarded DigitalGlobe, a Maxar Technologies company, the EnhancedView Follow-On (EVFO) contract to provide the U.S. Government with continued access to DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-1, 2, and 3 satellite constellation, as well as access to the company’s image archive. The EVFO award includes a one-year base contract, with one option year, valued at $300 million annually.
NRO Director Betty Sapp and NGA Director Robert Cardillo said the commercial imagery produced under EnhancedView will continue to contribute to the U.S. defense and intelligence communities, as well as to federal civil agencies, humanitarian organizations and international partners.
“Commercial imagery is an increasingly important part of satisfying both existing and emerging security and intelligence challenges,” said Sapp. “The award of EVFO is an important first step in the NRO’s strategy of embracing commercial imagery as a key element of our current overhead architecture and a critical and integral element of our future overhead architecture.”
Cardillo spoke to the larger significance of this transition.
“For decades, the partnership between NGA and NRO has directly strengthened our nation. For the past eight years, DigitalGlobe — via EnhancedView — has steadily grown its contributions to NGA’s GEOINT service” said Cardillo. “Further, as the GEOINT Functional Manager, I especially value how this transition enables our broader enterprise to leverage data analytics and the broad spectrum of emerging commercial GEOINT services.”
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Interesting that the NRO shifts from a procurement agency for reconnaissance systems to a procurement agency for the imagery itself.

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They still procure reconnaissance systems too, but if the commercially acquired imagery serves their purposes, why not get that too?  The only real meat here is that the contract is moving from NGA (which has done it for years) to NRO.

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Interesting that the NRO shifts from a procurement agency for reconnaissance systems to a procurement agency for the imagery itself.

No different than the DOD using commercial air carriers for extra-theater troop movement.

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Interesting that the NRO shifts from a procurement agency for reconnaissance systems to a procurement agency for the imagery itself.

No different than the DOD using commercial air carriers for extra-theater troop movement.


No, it is different. NRO procures the space segment. Previously, the commercial data was bought by NGA. Why is NRO now involved in doing that instead of NGA? One possibility is that there's something unique about this procurement where they want NRO to be establishing the standards so that they can mesh with the stuff that their own satellites produce. But it's hard to see why NGA couldn't do that. I'd really like to see an explanation of "why?"

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