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Intelligence, Geospatial

Geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) is a form of intelligence gathering that includes all aspects of imagery and the analysis of that imagery to inform policy and action. Sometimes called “the eyes of a nation,” its definition is codified in U.S. Code 10 § 467 as the “exploration and analysis of imagery and geospatial information to describe, assess, and visually depict physical features and geographically referenced activities on the earth. Geospatial intelligence consists of imagery, imagery intelligence, and geospatial information.” GEOINT is grounded firmly in observation of the earth’s features and analysis of human activity based on those geographic locations at specific times.

There are three components of GEOINT: (1) imagery (of either a natural or manmade feature), (2) imagery intelligence (the information obtained through analysis of the ...

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