NGA releases Colvo RFP
On November 28, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) released the Colvo Pilot request for proposals (RFP). Proposals are due by 3:00 p.m. Central on January 5, 2024.
NGA is the nation’s primary source of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) for the Department of Defense and the U.S. Intelligence Community. GEOINT is the exploitation and analysis of imagery and geospatial information that describes, assesses, and visually depicts physical features and geographically referenced activities on the earth. As a DOD Combat Support Agency and a member of the IC, NGA provides GEOINT products and services to partners, decision makers, warfighters, and first responders across the globe.
NGA’s GEOINT Information Group (ST) provides on-line, on-demand access and dissemination of GEOINT information, products, and imagery to National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG) partners worldwide. Within ST, the Imagery and Content Exposure Division (STE), Precision Production Branch (STEI), located at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Defense Intelligence Analysis Center (DIAC), supports customer requests for scanned historical film images through the Historical Imagery Digitization Services (HIDS) Program.
HIDS obtains high-resolution softcopy imagery digitized from the NGA historical hardcopy film archives, using custom-built Meridian Dragon ‘Apex’ long-roll film scanners, iS2 CopiBook Scanners, and Leica DSW700s. The HIDS program is a collection of computer hardware and software designed to provide a robust environment for digitizing satellite and airborne film. The system provides the capability to input imagery data from hardcopy by digitizing the film, and then conditioning the digital imagery to generate different file formats, which include TIFF (tagged image file format) and NITF2.1 (National Imagery Transmission Format). The resulting digital files will be stored and hosted from a digital repository giving NSG users request-based access to scanned historical imagery.
To ensure NGA continues to provide critical imagery support to the warfighter and defense and intelligence communities, STE has a requirement for onsite film digitization, information technology (IT) support, and equipment maintenance and services. This requires a unique combination of photographic, digital, technical, and mechanical expertise, in addition to excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, to relay problems and resolutions clearly and effectively.
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