CSIS Korea Chair Announces Research Partnership with National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2018: The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Korea Chair and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency today announce a partnership to produce unclassified reporting on issues of importance in North Korea. The partnership will use available geospatial imagery and data to produce new, timely, and accurate reporting on the North Korean economy, society, infrastructure, and border activities.

The agreement is in keeping with Intelligence Community Directive 107 and is part of a drive by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to increase transparency in U.S. intelligence activities and promote collaboration with those outside the intelligence community.

“I am delighted to form this partnership and I look forward to seeing the results,” said John J. Hamre, president and CEO of CSIS. “We possess a Korea team of the highest caliber, and NGA’s resources will only make their research more insightful.”

Victor Cha, CSIS senior adviser and Korea Chair added, “This new partnership with NGA will allow CSIS and NGA to pool analytic talents and imagery resources in pursuit of a better understanding of one of the most vexing national security and human rights challenges of our time.”

The first report created as part of the partnership looks at North Korean railway infrastructure at the Chongjin Railway Factory. It can be found at pathfinder.geointservices.io or beyondparallel.csis.org/imagery/ or www.intelligence.gov/publics-daily-brief or www.nga.mil/Partners/Pages/default.aspx.

For more on the CSIS Korea Chair, visit www.csis.org/programs/korea-chair or beyondparallel.csis.org.

For more on NGA, visit www.nga.mil.