Robert Cardillo, Keith Masback Join Federal Advisory Board for Orbital Insight; James Crawford Quoted

Jeff Brody
Robert Cardillo

Orbital Insight announced on Wednesday that Robert Cardillo, former director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and Keith Masback, former CEO of the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, have joined the company’s newly established Federal Advisory Board as the founding members. 

“The leadership and GEOINT expertise of both former Director Robert Cardillo and former CEO Keith Masback will help us empower multiple U.S. government and foreign allied government agencies to exploit geospatial information at global scale with their combined 60 years of public service,” said James Crawford, CEO of Orbital Insight. 

“The combination of AI and GEOINT domain expertise elevates policy decisions supporting national security priorities, international economic development efforts and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, that ultimately save lives,” Crawford added. 

Orbital Insight is forming its Federal Advisory Board to explore the full potential of its own geospatial analytics platform and AI software to help the U.S. better prepare for tomorrow’s challenges in maintaining peace and prosperity.

“I am excited about the opportunity to team with Keith to help Orbital Insight shape and deliver on its promise to create coherence out of our increasingly chaotic world,” said former NGA Director and four-time Wash100 Award winner Robert Cardillo. “With advanced algorithms and innovative concepts of operation, Orbital is a key contributor to our comprehensive understanding of our planet today and, more importantly, how to improve our world tomorrow.”

Orbital Insight’s work with the U.S. government to date has already demonstrated success in solving some of the country’s toughest national security challenges. In one particular instance, Orbital Insight produced advanced analytics from daily synthetic aperture radar imaging of the Earth to yield previously inaccessible insights. By providing multi-source automated geospatial analytics at scale, Orbital Insight is positioned to become a key industry partner in the U.S. government’s AI ecosystem.

“Orbital Insight is leading the field with respect to applying cutting-edge tools and techniques to provide an unparalleled ability to monitor and understand activity around the globe,” said former USGIF CEO Keith Masback. “I’m humbled by the opportunity to work with this uniquely talented team, and eagerly look forward to working collaboratively with my longtime colleague Robert Cardillo to bring our collective experience to bear in support of this remarkably important work.”

About Orbital Insight

Orbital Insight leverages machine learning and computer vision to analyze petabytes of multi-source data, including satellite and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery, geolocation intelligence, and vessel traffic (AIS) data, to understand what is happening on and to the Earth.

By monitoring the world’s geopolitical and economic activities with unprecedented timeliness, Orbital Insight provides its customers—securities analysts, energy traders, NGO analysts and analysts in federal defense, intelligence, and law enforcement agencies—with unbiased and normalized datasets, empowering them to make better business and policy decisions.

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