Program Posts Needs
The National Geospatial-
Intelligence Agency’s (NGA’s)
eNGAge program has identified
in the following areas:
• Enterprise cloud solution—
• Computer-based modeling and
simulation for design support
(transformation to the cloud).
• Enterprise data solutions.
• Security engineering—design
and implementation of perimeter
defense for cloud services,
releasability services, IAA
services and cross-domain.
• Systems architecture.
• Survey instrument technology.
• Gravity collection methods.
• Core orbital, geophysical, geodetic
and photogrammetric sciences.
• AGILE practices in system acquisition and development.
• Business analytics.
• Financial data expert.
• 3-D surface generation and
• Data analytics and data science.
• Work force analytics.
• Occupational psychologists.
• Business and learning technology.
• Geospatial cyber research.
• World magnetic modeling.
• Analytic visualization.
To see a list of current opportunities,
Anyone with ideas not on
the list also is invited to apply.
device would be the answer, but Harrison’s timing device proved superior.
And, of course, today’s Global Positioning System (GPS) still uses time-based
navigation, Highnam points out.
“It was a clock, something made com-
pletely independently of the stars, that
was used to make navigation possible.
So, a national security disaster drove a
full and open competition that was won
by a technology from left field,” High-
nam adds. “That’s what we do.”
He continues that NGA Research has
key differences from other research and
development organizations. The ARPAs,
for example, bring in new program man-
agers every few years, while the NGA
employs a more permanent staff. He sees
value, however, in having his staff spend
time in those temporary positions at the
other agencies. “There’s a natural part-
nership there. If we can get folks over
to the ARPAs to do those limited tours,
they see a much broader technology
base and customer base than just NGA,
and ... they’ll come back and help to
make NGA better for it,” Highnam says.
He praises another major change
designed to keep the agency on the
front end of innovation: the eNGAge
program. The effort allows NGA
employees to spend time within
industry or academia and vice versa.
Highnam counts himself an honorary
participant in the eNGAge program
because he was brought in by “lim-
ited-term hiring authority” from the
Office of the Director of National Intel-
ligence. “I’m a big believer in what that
program can bring to us in terms of
bringing talent or expertise in for a lim-
ited term to help us bootstrap an area
quickly,” he states. “What I am most
intrigued by is having our people do
tours the other way.” No one has come
forward to do that yet, he adds, but he
is open to the idea.
The eNGAge program essentially
consolidates all the existing efforts
that allow employee exchanges. Those
efforts have been neither well-promoted
nor well-used, report Michael Geggus,
NGA’s industry innovation advocate,
and Elizabeth Hoag, eNGAge program
manager. “What we were noticing
was that we have a number of vehicles
that allow us to have these [person-
nel] exchanges, but there wasn’t a lot of
awareness of them or of how they could
be utilized,” Hoag says. “ENGAge takes
the vehicles that allow us to send people
out and to bring people in and centers
them all in one place.”
In previous years, Geggus says,
employees may have wanted to participate in an exchange but found the
process too cumbersome and confusing. “We’ve always left our key components or offices or portfolio managers
on their own. Sometimes the process of