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10 March 2008
Arlington , VA – Chesapeake Analytics Corp. of Arlington VA has released the full text of the ‘Marino Report’ on the role of commercial remote sensing as a supplier to the United States intelligence community.
Officially entitled ‘Independent Study of the Roles of Commercial Remote Sensing in the Future National System for Geospatial-Intelligence (NSG) Final Report’, the study was submitted to Vice Admiral Robert B. Murrett, Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and Dr. Donald M. Kerr, Director, National Reconnaissance Office on 16 July 2007 by Mr. Peter Marino, Chair, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Advisory Group.
To meet its mid-resolution satellite imagery requirements, the report recommends that the US Government build and launch a constellation of satellites, but perhaps permit commercial entities to either use the satellites for commercial purposes or buy satellites alongside the government, thereby lowering the companies’ satellite acquisition costs. It is not clear whether the report’s recommendations would leave the commercial remote sensing companies with a viable business model, given their reliance on revenues from the NGA. The Marino Report would have the government meet their internal ‘Tier II’ mid-resolution imaging requirements with NRO-built classified proprietary satellites.

The full text of the Marino Report is available at http://www.chesanal.com/geospatialpress.htm

For more information, contact Edward A. Jurkevics, Principal Analyst, Chesapeake Analytics Corp. at (703) 525-6730.

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