USGIF to Announce Lifetime Achievement Award on the Morning of Tuesday, Oct. 20

October 7, 2009

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation will announce the 2009 recipient of the USGIF Lifetime Achievement Award at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20 during the general session in Ballroom A of the Henry B. Gonzalez Center.

The USGIF Lifetime Achievement Award is presented, upon selection by the USGIF Board of Directors, to an influential member of the geospatial intelligence community who has dedicated much of his or her work to the tradecraft.

Past winners include Mr. Evan Hineman, 2008; The Honorable James R. Clapper Jr., 2007; The Honorable Jeffrey K. Harris, 2006; and Mr. William R. Allder Jr., 2005.

Mr. Evan Hineman has a history of leadership roles serving in both private industry and governmental positions that surround the GEOINT community. He was instrumental in the restructuring of the National Reconnaissance Office from disparate programs into a unified organization when he served on the DCI Task Force at the NRO at the request of DCI Robert Gates. Mr. Hineman served on the National Imagery Agency task force which established the foundation for what eventually became NIMA. He also served as a commissioner on the Independent Commission on the National Imagery and Mapping Agency to assess the progress of that agency’s stand-up.

In 2007, the Honorable James R. Clapper Jr. was named the recipient of the USGIF Lifetime Achievement Award. Having served more than 32 years in the U.S. Air Force as well as a storied career in the private sector, Gen. Clapper has been a strong advocate of geospatial products to support national security even before he was named the first civilian director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. He has served as a consultant and adviser to Congress and the Departments of Defense and Energy as well as a variety of panels, boards and commissions.

The Honorable Jeffrey K. Harris, Lockheed Martin’s Corporate Vice President and Managing Director for Situational Awareness, received the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award for his role in many of the nation’s “firsts” in imagery collection, processing and exploitation. During his 31-year career, Mr. Harris is credited with pioneering the development of national security reconnaissance satellites and ground systems, commercial remote sensing and exploitation systems, and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Mr. Allder’s 33-year career spanned the defense, intelligence and civilian mapping and imagery communities where he helped transform the government’s mapping agency from a paper world to the digital age. At NGA, formally the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, his responsibilities included leading the agency’s efforts to stay on the cutting edge of mapping and imagery technology. Prior to this he worked with the National Ocean Services, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Defense Mapping Agency, and the Central Imagery Office. He received the Department of Defense’s Presidential Rank Award in1999, and twice received the Distinguished Executive Award in 2001 and 1999. Mr. Allder passed away on May 7, 2005.