The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has begun collaborating with the US State Department to capture satellite imagery to analyze and expose evidence of Russian war crimes and other atrocities in Ukraine .
The conflict monitoring program analyzes and curates publicly and commercially available information – including satellite imagery and information shared via social media – for investigation and use in current and future accountability mechanisms. The information is hosted on a publicly accessible site online platformin an effort to help refute Russia’s disinformation efforts and shed light on abuses in Ukraine.
“Since launching this effort earlier this year, we have worked actively with our program partners to provide access to geospatial data to support this critical mission area,” said Jim Griffith, component director of operations and the management of NGA sources, in a Press release.
Earlier this year, NGA began using its unclassified commercial imagery capabilities to analyze and expose Russian war crimes in Ukraine. Since then, the NGA has also engaged with the National Reconnaissance Office to add additional commercial imagery capacity to meet the demands of the effort.
The NGA’s globally enhanced GEOINT delivery system provides the Department of State with access to medium to high resolution unclassified electro-optical imagery. The system also provides access to map-ready and unclassified images.
“Throughout the crisis in Ukraine, NGA has expanded the diversity and availability of unclassified commercial GEOINTs available to supplement our domestic assets – all to help our U.S. government and foreign partners meet a variety of operational requirements. and humanitarian issues related to the crisis,” Griffith said.
Additionally, the NGA explained that support for the Conflict Observatory program advances the U.S. government’s long history of providing geospatial imagery and data to international humanitarian initiatives.
“The NGA closely monitors events in Ukraine and the surrounding region and shares data and information with partner countries and accountability bodies engaged in the response to President Putin’s war of aggression,” the statement said. agency.