NGA Project Ghostfire Team – Winner, Team Category – DoD CIO 2015 Awards

Team: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Project Ghostfire Team

  • Tyrone Drake (Government Lead), Darryl Rucker, Jeffery McHenry, Alvin Alexander, Shawn Crawley, Michael Discher, Kevin Drahozal, William (Bill) Mcintosh, Timothy Kovar, John Thorn, Joe Shimko, Natalie Nolen
  • Background: The team delivered standards-based Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) services that were essential to the Department’s ability to rapidly access, discover, and visualize GEOINT content. Their efforts were crucial to meeting NGA' s strategic objective to provide "ubiquitous access to GEOINT- anytime, anywhere." The Project Ghostfire team collaborated across the DoD community to define, implement, and facilitate transition by users and program offices to new GEOINT delivery capabilities. This transition from high-bandwidth, "push" methods that restricted data access and relied on moving large image files to low-bandwidth, "pull" methods allows easier, faster access to global data in bandwidth-constrained environments. Adoption of these new capabilities has resulted in a significant increase in community use of and access to GEOINT, with less of a need to increase communications bandwidth-.

    Functional Areas: Enterprise Architecture; Enterprise Services; IT Efficiencies; Business Process Improvement; Network Operations (Customer Support)

    Judging Criteria: Broad User Base; Cost Savings; Improved Information Dissemination; Improved Processes; Management Efficiency/Effectiveness; Mission Impact


    BLUF: Improved timely access to geospatial intelligence imagery and data regardless of location or bandwidth. Enabled an increase in production of products to more than 350 per day, per analyst, from an average of about seven per day, by minimizing the number of steps and time it took for an analyst to access, discover, and visualize imagery and geospatial data. Achieved this without need for additional manpower, bandwidth, or mission downtime. Improving timely access to geospatial content and enabling a more efficient concept of operations allowed Army Geospatial Analysts in the Republic of Korea to access and visualize imagery in less than 30 seconds – before Project Ghostfire’s support, the same images would take an average of four to six hours to download due to low bandwidth. Reduces or alleviates the requirement of individual Programs of Record to collect, store, discover, and disseminate GEOINT data, and gives users the ability to access exploitation-quality, time-dominant imagery, regardless of location or bandwidth. All users will have access to GEOINT content over common-communications without the need for costly high-capacity point-to-point communications.

    • Conducted engineering, collaboration, and integration efforts that enhanced streaming and targeting capabilities being delivered to analysts across the National System for GEOINT
    • Reduced the time it takes to receive imagery from hours-minutes to seconds, enabling analysts to rapidly respond to mission critical exploitation and targeting requirements
    • Collaborated with mission partners to facilitate common, industry-standard Enterprise services that will drive IT efficiencies and reduce expenditures on enterprise infrastructure
    • Implemented NGA's Enhanced Streaming Services (ESS) for more than 1,400 users, greatly improving GEOINT information delivery and dissemination for the National System for Geospatial
    • Accelerated access and use of the National Library’s existing image streaming service by more than two years, improving analytical workflows by a 3,200% production increase, and expanded access to the National Library GEOINT for more than 500 additional DoD users