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June 7, 2019

MITRE’s Betz Inducted into 2019 GPS Hall of Fame

GPS. It’s such an integral part of our lives, you don’t even need to spell it out. We just take it for granted.

But the U.S. Air Force doesn’t. That’s why the U.S.A.F. annually honors the pioneers behind the Global Positioning System, through its GPS Hall of Fame. The Air Force’s GPS Directorate recently added MITRE Fellow Emeritus John Betz to the list for his groundbreaking contributions to the system that guides us home and ensures military equipment accuracy.

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March 28, 2019

Former Senior Intel Leader Gen. Denker Joins Lockheed Martin

HERNDON, Va., – The former deputy director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Major General (ret.) Stephen Denker, will join Lockheed Martin to lead key satellite ground programs, effective Monday, April 1. Denker will oversee Intelligence and Analytic Development programs in support of space ground systems within the Mission Solutions line of business for Lockheed Martin Space.

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August 7, 2018

United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation Announces Two New Board Members

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is excited to announce the addition of Al Di Leonardo and Patty Mims to the Foundation’s Board of Directors. USGIF’s Board includes 26 directors representing the many aspects of the broad and expanding GEOINT Community.

Di Leonardo is an experienced intelligence and special operations officer and is widely recognized as a subject matter expert in analytical tradecraft, and Mims is currently director of Global National Government at USGIF Organizational Member Esri.

“I am pleased that professionals of this experience and caliber are part of the USGIF leadership,” said The Honorable Jeffrey K. Harris, Chairman of USGIF’s Board of Directors.

Di Leonardo has more than 25 years of government experience centered at the National Security Agency, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and Joint Special Operations Command. As a career U.S. Army Intelligence Officer, he earned the Bronze Star Medal from U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) for his work in Afghanistan and Iraq and led SOCOM’s first geospatial big data innovation cell. After retiring from the Army, Di Leonardo founded HumanGeo, a tech company that created software solutions at the intersection of big data, social media, and geospatial intelligence that he later sold to The Radiant Group. As president of The Radiant Group, he led the integration of five companies while simultaneously rebranding the team as “Radiant” and significantly growing revenue, leading to Radiant’s acquisition by DigitalGlobe.

“Al brings rich operational and analytic experience across important market sectors to the USGIF boardroom,” Harris said. “His understanding of both mission and business effectiveness will be invaluable to help drive the USGIF working groups and technical forums.”

In her current role at Esri, Mims oversees all business development across the U.S. federal government, including intelligence, defense, public safety, and civilian as well as provides support to nonprofit programs globally and national government organizations around the world. Mims was Esri’s Director of Intelligence Programs from 2012 to 2015, and in this role managed all activities across the U.S. Intelligence Community and State Department. She has also held positions at Esri as team lead for the company’s Defense Installation Team and account lead for the Defense and Intelligence Team. Prior to joining Esri, Mims worked for an international software company where she supported customers around the world as manager of Technical Support and Training.

“Patty operates at the intersection of commercial and defense and intelligence geographic information systems,” Harris said. “Her market understanding and technical expertise will add great value to the Foundation as we help build improved tradecraft.”

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June 15, 2018

ION’s 2018-’20 Satellite Division Nominations and Voting Announced

Online voting for the Institute of Navigation’s Satellite Division Officers will be available after July 16, and ION is currently accepting additional nominations.

The Satellite Division Nominating Committee, chaired by Dr. John Betz, has submitted the following nominations for Satellite Division Officers:

Chair: Dr. Chris Hegarty, The MITRE Corporation; Vice Chair: Ms. Patricia Doherty, Boston College; Ms. Sandy Kennedy, Hexagon Positioning Intelligence/NovAtel, Canada; Secretary: Dr. Zak Kassas, The University of California, Riverside; Dr. Jason Rife, Tufts University; Treasurer: Mr. Tim Murphy, Boeing; and Dr. Alex Stratton, Rockwell Collins.

Pursuant to Article IV of The Institute of Navigation Satellite Division Bylaws, “Additional nominations may be made by petition signed by at least 25 members entitled to vote for the office for which the candidate is nominated.” All additional nominees must fulfill nomination requirements as indicated in the ION Satellite Division Bylaws and the nomination must be received at the ION National Office by July 13, 2018.

Online voting for the ION Satellite Division Officers will be available after July 16, and completed ballots must be received at the ION office by August 6, 2018 in order to be counted.

Election results will be announced during the 31st International Technical Meeting of the ION Satellite Division being held September 24-28, 2018 in Miami, Florida.

ION GNSS+ Slated for Sept. 24-28 in Miami

The newly elected officers will take office on September 28, 2018 at the conclusion of the meeting and will serve for two years. Election results will be reported in the ION Newsletter.


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May 10, 2018

David Grossman joins GPS Innovation Alliance as Executive Director

The GPS Innovation Alliance has announced the appointment of J. “David” Grossman as executive director. Grossman will lead the Alliance as it further builds its organizational presence in Washington on behalf of its members and the GNSS industry as a whole.

“David’s appointment ushers in an exciting new chapter for our organization” said Jim Kirkland, president of the GPS Innovation Alliance and senior vice president and general counsel of Trimble Inc. 

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November 2, 2017

Hudnut to Receive 2017 Ivan I. Mueller Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership

Kenneth Hudnut will receive the 2017 Ivan I. Mueller Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership in December. Photo courtesy of Kenneth Hudnut.

Kenneth Hudnut, a contributing writer and former columnist for Inside GNSS, will receive the 2017 Ivan I. Mueller Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership at the 2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, to be held December 11-15 in New Orleans, La. The award acknowledges “major achievements in service to and/or leadership within the field of geodesy.”

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