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NGA Taps BAE to Update Geospatial Data Product Platform; Rex Ballard Comments

cyberwarfareBAE Systems Inc. — the British defense contractor’s U.S. subsidiary — will help the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency install one of the company’s commercial software products into a platform the agency uses to store and manage geospatial intelligence.

The company said Tuesday it was awarded a potential seven-year contract to help integrate its GXP Xplorer tool into NGA’s Information Store — or iSToRE — knowledge management system for the agency to distribute geospatial intelligence information and products to other agencies and defense commands.

GXP Xplorer searches through large amounts of data and works to identify and catalog images, terrain, features, videos, and documents on local networks or across an enterprise.

“Analysts face the time-consuming challenge of searching through ever-increasing amounts and types of data, ” said Rex Ballard, general manager of BAE Systems Inc.’s Geospatial eXploitation product line.

NGA will deploy GXP Xplorer software licenses as part of a process to transition to new information storage functions that use commercial technologies.

The agency aims to help Joint Task Force Headquarters, intelligence centers and deployed soldiers share geospatial intelligence with each other.

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