DGI 2019

28 - 30 January, 2019

Royal Lancaster London

44 (0) 207 368 9836

Wednesday January 30 - Main Day 2 Interoperability and Partnerships for Multi-national Operations

8:00 am - 8:50 am Networking and Coffee

8:50 am - 9:00 am Chairperson’s Welcome Address: The Impact of New Global Geopolitics on How Geospatial Intelligence will be Shared and Deployed

Vice Admiral (ret’d) Robert B. Murrett - Former Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Vice Admiral (ret’d) Robert B. Murrett

Former Director
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

9:00 am - 9:20 am Keynote - An Update on the Progress Made by NATO on the Latest Geospatial Intelligence Requirements and How Member Nations will Benefit Over the Next 3 Years

Discover how NATO member nations’ requirements for geospatial intelligence will be met over the next 3 years from one of the Alliance’s most senior intelligence leaders during the annual NATO briefing at DGI:
·         How the current security environment in Europe is driving different attitudes towards national and collective defence in the region
·         NATO’s plans to improve intelligence services in the region to bring security and stability to the region
·         How member nations will directly benefit from the new intelligence environment as a result
·         Roles for partner nations and industry in supporting ongoing intelligence objectives in Europe
Recently promoted to the rank of Major General in the United States Army General Escribano is a 33-year active duty Military Intelligence officer. His previous roles include Director of Intelligence J2, United States Forces Korea, in Yongsan-Seoul, Republic of Korea.
Find out how leaders of EU agencies responsible for the production and exchange of geospatial intelligence plan to continuously improve the speed and accuracy of geospatial intelligence for mission partners now and in the future:
·         Navigating the current EU military and security agency ecosystem: leaders, objectives, partnerships
·         Lessons learned from recent operations providing commanders’ access to high-quality geospatial intelligence
·         How the EU views the current threat landscape evolving over the next year
·         Major challenges ahead for member nations to prioritise so that security is maintained across the region
Prior to assuming his current position Brigadier General Corneliusson was the Military Advisor to the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In that capacity he contributed to Sweden's EU operational planning cycle and prepared key planning documents on behalf of the ministry.
Dr Conrad became Director of the EU Intelligence and Situation Centre (EU INTCEN) in January 2016. EU INTCEN provides early warning, situational awareness and intelligence analysis to the High Representative/Vice President (HR/VP) Federica Mogherini and to the EEAS in close cooperation with the Intelligence Directorate of the EU Military Staff.
Mr Legai has been the Director of the European Union Satellite Centre since 1st January 2015 and before that served for four years as Deputy Director. Brigadier General Legai entered the French Air Force as an intelligence officer in 1988.

Brigadier General Lars-Olof Corneliusson

Director of Military Intelligence
EU Military Staff


Dr Gerhard Conrad

Director Intelligence Centre and Situation Centre
European External Action Service


Pascal Legai

European Union Satellite Centre

9:50 am - 10:10 am Keynote - How Geospatial Intelligence will Play a Key Role in Delivering Security in Cyprus and the East Mediterranean to Address the Challenges Around Infrastructure Protection and Illegal Human Trafficking

Find out more about the scale of the challenges facing military and security forces in Cyprus and the East Mediterranean and how geospatial intelligence can be an enabling factor in solving complex problems such as the protection of critical pipeline infrastructure and the tracking and prevention of illegal human trafficking:
·         Lessons learned using geospatial intelligence in humanitarian missions over the past 5 years
·         Assessing the major threats to security in the East Mediterranean today: focus on critical infrastructure protection and illegal human trafficking
·         How are regional security agencies collaborating to prioritise and address these issues?
·         What is the outlook for regional security over the next 5 years?
Lt. General Leontaris took over as Chief of General Stuff of National in March 2017, previously serving as the Commander of the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps., Greece.

10:10 am - 10:50 am Panel with Live Polling – How can You Establish Strategic Partnerships that will Help You Innovate at Speed

Critical missions need to operate "at the speed of innovation's edge." To accelerate mission delivery with lower risk and cost, the current paradigm of Government/Industry needs to transform into a more transparent and productive partnership.  Partnering with Industry and Academia allows Agencies to:
·         Bring proven innovative capabilities to meet challenges rapidly and retain decision advantage
·         Transform processes and procedures to accelerate innovation, speed up time to production, and remove obstacles to maximize mission impact
·         Share tailored datasets, views, and workflows so that all functions are supported in the field
Mr Moeder serves as a senior advisor for substantive and technical issues along with conducting strategic engagement and outreach for analytic operations to NGA, IC, and DoD senior leaders as well as international partners.
Mr Dewar recently took over as the Director, Australian Geospatial Intelligence Organisation (AGO) in 2018. Previously he held the post of Deputy Secretary Strategic Policy and Intelligence, with stewardship of the Defence intelligence agencies, and lead responsibility for Defence’s strategic, international and industry policy.
Dr Bray is responsible for designing and implementing business strategy for MapLarge, an innovative provider of collaborative mapping and analytics software.

10:50 am - 11:30 am Morning Networking Break and VIP Guided Tours

11:30 am - 11:50 am Fireside Chat - How are International Partnerships between Government and Industry Helping to Improve Situational Awareness at Sea?

Lyston Lea II - Principal Advisor to the Director, National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO)
Discover how international partnerships between government and industry in the maritime community are helping to mitigate security challenges and improve situational awareness for commanders at sea:
·         Lessons learned from recent maritime operations when sharing geospatial information at sea
·         What maritime commanders say are their top challenges as they seek to improve situational awareness
·         How to address the biggest issues around interoperability in multinational environments
·         How can industry continue to support the needs of the maritime community?
Mr Mylly was appointed as CEO and Managing Director of Finnish Port Association in 2010 and he served in this position until he was nominated to the position of Executive Director of The European Maritime Safety Agency in 2012.
Mr Lea joined the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) in March 2014. In this position, he serves as the principal advisor to the Director, NMIO on Maritime Domain Awareness and intelligence issues focused on maritime security and intelligence integration challenges. As the senior civilian in the NMIO, Mr. Lea provides continuity to the organization as it improves interagency and international information and intelligence collaboration.

Lyston Lea II

Principal Advisor to the Director
National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO)

11:50 am - 12:20 pm Panel and Live Polling - How should National Mapping Agencies Plan to Thrive in the Future Automated Environment?

Mick Cory - Secretary General Eurogeographics
Find out how leaders of national mapping agencies from across Europe plan to transform their organisations so that they are better positioned to support their customers who are operating in increasingly more automated operational environments:
·         How has the digital revolution already impacted the way national mapping agencies operate?
·         How are expectations from the user community for digital maps transforming the way mapping agencies behave?
·         What are different nations doing to adapt to a more automated operational environment?
·         What roles will the national mapping agency have in 5 years’ time?
Mr Cory was appointed Secretary General and Executive Director of EuroGeographics in 2015. Previously he served as Chief Executive of Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland, leading the development of Northern Ireland’s geographic information strategy. Mr Cory also established and chaired the UK Location User Group and, as a member of the Open Data User Group, advised the UK Government on achieving the greatest economic and social return from the release of public sector open data.

Mick Cory

Secretary General

12:20 pm - 12:40 pm Case Study - How to Enhance Geospatial Intelligence for all Your Partners in Multinational Operations

Massimo Claudio Comparini - Chief Executive Officer, e-GEOS
Visit https://dgi.wbresearch.com/ for up-to-date information about this exciting session
Mr Comparini began his career in the space industry in 1983 at Selenia Spazio rising to become the Chief Technology Officer. He then took increasingly senior roles at Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio before becoming CEO of e-GEOS in 2016. He is also the Chairman of Space Innovation in the Italian Technology Platform SPIN IT.

Massimo Claudio Comparini

Chief Executive Officer

12:40 pm - 1:00 pm Is GEOINT Capable Of Providing What Deployable Commanders Need To Make Critical Decisions?

Discover what deployable commanders consider to be most valuable when using geospatial intelligence to make the most important decisions in operations directly from recently returned leaders:
·         Multiple examples of geospatial intelligence in ongoing operations
·         How geospatial intelligence made a decisive difference in specific missions
·         Lessons learned when geospatial intelligence did not contribute to overall success
·         Key considerations for the developer world: real vs perceived requirements for geospatial intelligence
Lt Colonel Hammett is responsible for the deployed geospatial experts from the UK MoD, amongst other responsibilities he has is the oversight of their training and development and operational impact in a range of missions around the world.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Networking and VIP Guided Tours

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm VIP Lunch

Imagery Innovation for Multinational Missions

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm What do NGO’s Really Need from Mapping and Imagery in the First Stages of Sudden Onset Disaster Relief?
Find out how requirements for imagery and mapping can be very different for NGOs in multinational disaster operations and what you can do to support these needs.

  • Why early stage information within hours is vital in saving lives
  • How does weather challenge optical systems?
  • How to support the requirement for systematic ground data collection for S&R

How to ensure information for non-experts is managed and conveyed appropriately 

Imagery Innovation for Multinational Missions

2:20 pm - 2:40 pm How to Leverage High-Quality Imagery to Enhance Decision Making for Commanders
Scott Herman - VP Product Development, BlackSky Global LLC
Visit https://dgi.wbresearch.com/ for up-to-date information about this exciting session
Scott has spent most of his career developing and deploying Imagery Analysis, Sensor Fusion, Knowledge Management, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the U.S. Intelligence Community. 

Scott Herman

VP Product Development
BlackSky Global LLC

Imagery Innovation for Multinational Missions

2:40 pm - 3:00 pm How the U.S. Geological Survey: Plans to Use New Imagery Tools and Technologies to Deliver Better Coverage
Kari Craun - Director, National Geospatial Technical Operations Center, US Geological Survey
Gain even more insight into how the US Geological Survey plans to maintain a seamless, current and consistent coverage of geospatial data for the United States drawing on a range of imagery tools and technologies. 
Ms. Craun is a Past-President of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) and the Cartography and Geographic Information Society.  

Kari Craun

Director, National Geospatial Technical Operations Center
US Geological Survey

Imagery Innovation for Multinational Missions

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm How to Access Your Geospatial Imagery More Frequently for Persistent Decision Support
Maurizio Vanotti - Chief Execuitve Officer, Tyvak
Visit https://dgi.wbresearch.com/ for up-to-date information about this exciting session
Mr Vanotti has 15+ years of commercial background alongside deep technical understanding and experience in delivering complex programmes in high tech companies. His career includes a past as Navy Officer. 

Maurizio Vanotti

Chief Execuitve Officer

Geo-data Management for Multinational Missions

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm How the US Army is Coordinating Policy to Support Interoperability of Geospatial Data across Unified Action Partners
Find out how the U.S. Army is currently coordinating the development of policy and standards across National System for Geospatial-Intelligence/Allied System for Geospatial-Intelligence, FVEYS/ABCANZ partners and NATO to support interoperability of geospatial data and services across DOD, Joint Services and our Allies.
Dan Visone has served as the Director of the Geospatial Acquisition Support Directorate (GASD) since February 2009. His directorate is responsible for providing geospatial engineering and domain support to the Army Acquisition Community for implementation of the Army Geospatial Enterprise (AGE).  

Geo-data Management for Multinational Missions

2:20 pm - 2:40 pm Enabling an Autonomous World for Commanders to Gain Access to Critical GEOINT Faster
Visit https://dgi.wbresearch.com/ for up-to-date information about this exciting session 

Geo-data Management for Multinational Missions

2:40 pm - 3:00 pm How NATO C&IA is Delivering Geospatial Services in Support of Ever More Complex Multi-national Operations
John Teufert - Branch Head, JISR Geospatial Services,, NATO Communications & Information Agency (NCI Agency)
Discover how NATO’s dedicated technical agency for geospatial data services is planning to transform mission outcomes for member nations over the coming years so you are fully aware of the Agency’s major initiatives and top priorities.
Mr Teufert is a Principal Scientist in the Joint Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR) Service Line at the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) in The Hague, The Netherlands. He also serves as the Agency’s Geo-Officer as well as the JISR SL Geospatial Branch Head, leading a team of first class geospatial engineers and overseeing a substantial portfolio of geospatial projects.

John Teufert

Branch Head, JISR Geospatial Services,
NATO Communications & Information Agency (NCI Agency)

Geo-data Management for Multinational Missions

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm How we are Leveraging advances in Satellite AIS, AI, ML and Blockchain to Improve Maritime Situational Awareness
Guy Thomas - Subject Matter Expert, Maritime Domain Awareness and Commercial Space, S&T, US Department of Homeland Security
Discover how unclassified space systems, starting with Satellite AIS (S-AIS), coupled with advancements in the handling and processing of large amounts of data in the cyber world, using such tools as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Blockchains, are providing the opportunity for substantially improved maritime situational awareness (MSA) for the good of all nations.
Mr Thomas is the former US Science & Technology Advisor for Maritime Domain Awareness and creator of both space-based AIS & C-SIGMA.  He also serves as the technical/ academic advisor to the Multinational Maritime Security Center of Excellence.

Guy Thomas

Subject Matter Expert, Maritime Domain Awareness and Commercial Space, S&T
US Department of Homeland Security

Geospatial Intelligence for Civil-Military Missions

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm How Greenland will be Remapped as Part of a Major Collaboration between Multiple Nations and Agencies to Support Regional Security and Trade
Following significant transformation at the Danish geospatial organisation and new funding becoming available a previously paused project to remap Greenland is now re-activated. Find out about the ambition and scope of the project directly from the owner.
Ms. Meyer has held senior positions across a range of national and governmental mapping and more recently military geospatial organisations in Denmark and is a world renowned expert in the global mapping community. 

Geospatial Intelligence for Civil-Military Missions

2:20 pm - 2:40 pm How Innovation in Satellite Imagery and Geospatial Services will Transform Mission Outcomes for Civil-Military Operations
Visit https://dgi.wbresearch.com/ for up-to-date information about this exciting session 

Geospatial Intelligence for Civil-Military Missions

2:40 pm - 3:00 pm Oxford Style Debate - Imagery Innovation for Multinational Operations: More Funding is the Only Way to Maintain Current Levels
Mekisha Marshall - Chief Science & Technology Advisor, National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office
Find out how to access innovation at source by learning how to engage with academia and start-ups whilst making your journey to transforming your geospatial data management strategy.  
Ms. Marshall advises the Director of NMIO by engaging academia, think tanks, the private sectors, and foreign governments to understand the implications of emerging technologies that have the ability to produce new threats or challenges in the maritime environment; or, conversely, those that offer new opportunities to improve maritime security.  

Mekisha Marshall

Chief Science & Technology Advisor
National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office

Geospatial Intelligence for Civil-Military Missions

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm How To Take Geospatial Data Exchange Between Government And Non-Government Agencies to the Next Level
Visit https://dgi.wbresearch.com/ for up-to-date information about this exciting session 

Geospatial Intelligence for Special and Expeditionary Missions

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm What Operators Really Value from Geospatial Intelligence in Special Operations Today
Requirements for geospatial intelligence differ from mission to mission but perhaps not in so marked a way as can be seen between regular and special operations. Discover how special operators are using geospatial intelligence in missions today and what they thinks works and doesn’t work.  
Mr Di Leonardo is an experienced intelligence and special operations officer who utilized his military training to successfully found and sell two companies in the private and public marketplaces. He is widely recognized as a subject matter expert in analytical tradecraft and services on multiple boards of well-known special and other military organisations. 

Geospatial Intelligence for Special and Expeditionary Missions

2:20 pm - 2:40 pm How to Get Satellite Imagery Direct to the Warfighter to Give them and Advantage over Adversaries on the Battlefield
Given how rapidly changing conditions in the battlefield require warfighters to have on-demand situational awareness information, discover how they can request and receive up-to-date imagery from remote sensing satellites via high throughput broadband satellites, providing significant advantage over adversaries.
Mr Leka is vice president and general manager of Viasat’s facility in Duluth, GA.  He joined the business in April 2000 in conjunction with an acquisition and has held several positions including program manager and director of operations. 

Geospatial Intelligence for Special and Expeditionary Missions

2:40 pm - 3:00 pm Dissemination of GeoInt to Austere Users

Geospatial Intelligence for Special and Expeditionary Missions

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm How the NGA Supports Expeditionary Operators Deployed in Challenging Environments across Africa
Pick up tips and advice from the NGA’s experience adapting geospatial products and services to cater for a range of special requirements for operators deployed in expeditionary operations.
Mr Stith began his current assignment as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency senior representative to the U.S. Africa Command in July 2015. In this role, he ensures the command has access to the full spectrum of NGA's Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) products and services. 

3:20 pm - 4:00 pm Afternoon Networking Break

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Panel with Live Polling - How Can You Create A Clearer Operational Picture From Fused Geospatial Data for Commanders in Future Civil-Military Operations?

Robert Boettcher - Chief GEOMATICS Officer, Canadian Forces Warfare Centre, Canadian Armed Forces Brigadier General Friedrich Teichmann - Director, Geo-Spaital Institute, Austrain Armed Forces
Discover how leading geospatial data experts from different nations see the future of geospatial intelligence exchange evolving to benefit commanders of future humanitarian and disaster management operations in which both military and non-military agencies will need to cooperate for successful outcomes:
·         Why are increasingly more missions co-led by military and non-military organisations?
·         What commanders in civil-military operations really need from their geospatial data
·         How to improve the way you collaborate on geospatial intelligence sharing with the full range of possible partners in future multi-national missions
·         What can industry do in the product and service design phase to ensure that geospatial data is more easy to fuse?
Mr McConachie is a senior analyst in a team responsible for handling time sensitive tasking for government and military customers including Operational support for deployed forces and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief events.
Mr Boettcher is a leading subject matter expert in Canada in the area of geomatics and is currently supporting multiple services across the Canadian defence community in the application of geospatial information management.
A senior meteorology and oceanography officer for the US Navy, Commander Quilenderino recently took command of the US Naval Ice Centre and US National Ice Center in 2018.
Ms Havsteen is the new head of department for the recently formed Joint GeoMETOC Support Center which is a merger between the Defence Center for Operational Oceanography and the geospatial section of Danish Defence.
Brigadier Teichmann is responsible for providing Geo-Data, Geo-Info-Products and Geo-Services for the Land- and Air-Forces, national and international missions as well as to platforms and weapon/mission/simulation-systems. Before being in charge of the Geospatial Institute he was responsible to build up the ICT (Information- and Communications-Technology) -Innovation Department of the Austrian Armed Forces, focusing on interoperability and testing in the area of C4ISR, Electronic Warfare, IT-Security and Information Management.

Robert Boettcher

Chief GEOMATICS Officer, Canadian Forces Warfare Centre
Canadian Armed Forces


Brigadier General Friedrich Teichmann

Director, Geo-Spaital Institute
Austrain Armed Forces

Weigh up the evidence for and against GEOINT as a recognisable discipline and find out what still needs to be done to ensure the profession and tradecraft continue to be better understood, properly funded and more widely adopted across defence, government and security communities:
·         The journey so far: how well is GEOINT recognised and practiced around the world?
·         What is the rationale for continuous investment in GEOINT for your organisation?
·         GEOINT as a science: how to ensure education and teaching keeps pace with rapid advances in technology
·         Major challenges to overcome in the future before GEOINT is embedded as a recognisable profession
Mr Brooks has served as the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State University since 2005.  In this capacity, he acts as the department chair. Mr Brooks also serves as the Chief Engineer at the Bolivar County (MS) Volunteer Fire Department, where he has volunteered since 2005.

Talbot J. Brooks

Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies
National Geospatial Advisory Committee

Vice Admiral (ret’d) Robert B. Murrett

Former Director
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

5:00 pm - 5:05 pm End of Conference