Geospatial intelligence women

(To Maria Grazia Labellarte)

In times past women like Marie Curie, Grace Hopper contributed to becoming authors and at the same time a source of inspiration for different discoveries both in the field of science and technology. The same fate for the field of "genre literature", of thegeospatial intelligence, in which figures like Mary Sears or Annette J. Krygiel, moved the pen or ... the PC keyboard!

The approach of these women, towards a totally niche world known only to those working in the field, should be known as a reason for a renewed hope for commitment in research and innovation: a meticulous and successful conduct.

What would these ladies' secret have been? Leadership.

Is already! Leadership is a gift. You have it at birth. Becoming leaders with courses, I personally consider it very difficult and debatable.

But in practice - and in this specific case - what did this leadership translate into?

Sears, considered a pioneer of Oceanography in the United States, undertook research that proved extremely important for the survival of US submarines during the war.

Born in the US state of Massachusetts, she left her job as a research assistant at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute to serve nationally during the Second World War.

In the 1944 he directed the new oceanographic unit of the Marine Hydrographic Office thus marking the beginning of the US military oceanographic programs.

He served as a naval officer in the "Voluntary Emergency Service Women" Basin (WAVES). His intelligence reports were the first to talk about thermocline.

After the end of World War II, the US Navy Hydrographic Office founded the Division of Oceanography of which she was director. In the 1963 he retired to the US Naval Reserve.

After the fundamental steps in maritime security and geospatial intelligence, at Sears it happens in our times, Annette J. Krygiel.

The latter spent much of her illustrious and long career as leader of the United States Department of Defense, managing geodetic and gravimetric programs and supervising the development of computer and telecommunications applications for mapping.

Just as Sears retires from the US Naval Reserve, Krygiel begins her career at the US Air Force Chart and Information Center working as a chief scientist at the Defense Mapping Agency and then as director of the Central Imagery Office.

After the founding of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency in the 1996, she was named deputy director of Systems and Technology and was included in the GEOINT Hall of Fame in the 2001.

Pioneering, innovative and non-conformist, we like to remind her of women who have been part of a fundamental field for safety but little known: geospatial intelligence.

Photo: opening of USNS personnel Mary Sears is preparing to release a side scan sonar in the Persian Gofo - US Navy / web