Chris Rasmussen [National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency]

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Unclassified GEOINT Pathfinder PM & Public Open Source Software Development Lead


Chris Rasmussen is the architect behind the Unclassified Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Pathfinder initiative, which aims to transform GEOINT into a discipline more rooted in open source intelligence (OSINT) to prepare for the rapid commercialization of GEOINT. He drove the initiative that made the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) the first US intelligence agency to open-source software on GitHub and place apps into iTunes and Google Play.

Chris was instrumental in pioneering the push for the intelligence community to use social tools for knowledge management and information sharing. Currently,he evangelizes for a move toward a “living intelligence” model where a range of information is mixed together in a transparent common space and the intelligence topic is constantly updated and recognized as official.

Chris has received many awards for innovation and leadership, such as the NGA Challenger Award for spearheading the GitHub initiative, and the Director of National Intelligence Exceptional Pioneer Award for helping pioneer the Intellipedia movement. He holds a BA in History and a Masters in National Security Studies.

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