DNI Clapper Keynote Address from GEOINT 2013

DNI Clapper Keynote Address from GEOINT 2013

On April 15, 2014, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper delivered the keynote address at the GEOINT 2013 Symposium.

Transcript / Remarks as Delivered by The Honorable James R. Clapper
Director of National Intelligence

GEOINT Symposium 2013*
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida

For lots of reasons, it’s great to be back here with, kind-of my roots, the Geospatial Community. I’ll spare you all my lines about how great it is to be outside the beltway.

I really think of this community as family, and as Stu [Shea, chairman of U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation] recounted so brilliantly, it’s great to see how our little symposium from 2003 is all grown up.

I want to thank the Geospatial Intelligence Foundation for bringing together government, industry, academia, Allies, state and local officials, and others involved in national security this week.

Keith [Masback, CEO of U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation], you and your team adapted superbly when our symposium, now in its “pre-teen” years, didn’t do what it was supposed to do in October.

A huge thank you as well to all the corporate participants, for sure, without whom this event simply wouldn’t happen. I think the corporate support and the attendance here, the number of exhibitors, is a great testament to the value of this symposium.

I can’t believe Keith has been doing this for six years, and he still has the same passion and the same commitment as when he started.

And of course I also want to add my thanks and praise for Stu Shea, one of the pioneers. So Stu, all I can say is thank you for your very distinguished service, not just to geospatial intelligence or to the foundation, but your distinguished service to the nation.

And I need to recognize Tish Long [Director of National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency], not just for her leadership at NGA, but also as the functional manager for geospatial intelligence. It’s no accident, no coincidence that GEOINT has matured as a collection discipline at the same time that NGA matured as an institution under Tish’s great leadership.

Personally, I’m tremendously proud of Tish, and tremendously proud of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Tish, you and your great people have brought to life things we just talked about, dreamed about, when I served as director.

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