About Trajectory

Trajectory launched in 2012 as the official publication of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF)—the nonprofit, educational organization supporting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft. Trajectory  provides high-level thought leadership for USGIF Members as well as for the defense, intelligence, homeland security communities, and the global GEOINT Community. Trajectory is the preeminent resource on issues of significance to all geospatial intelligence stakeholders. Our promise is to provide relevant, actionable content in a format that is compelling and engaging. Our mission is to foster knowledge sharing, awareness, and discussion.

The Trajectory Team

Christy Monaco

Editor-in-Chief, USGIF Vice President of Programs

A 30-year veteran of the intelligence community and Department of Defense, Monaco most recently served as the Chief Ventures Officer (CVO) at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). She brings a breadth of experience from prior service in human intelligence, program and financial management, customer experience and corporate communications at NGA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Office of Naval Intelligence.

Brad Causey

Editor, GLC

As an editor for trajectory, Brad manages magazine and website production and oversees the talented group of contributing writers. He is a managing editor for GLC, the marketing communications agency USGIF has partnered with to produce trajectory. He has a master’s degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of Iowa.

  • Listening to: Power Trip’s new album, Nightmare Logic
  • Watching: Black Mirror on Netflix
  • Reading: Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
  • Working on: Building a model city of wood for my kids’ matchbox cars

Shameka Jordan

USGIF Senior Director of Marketing and Communications

Matt Alderton

Contributing Writer

Matt Alderton knows a little bit about a lot of things. A writer and reporter for more than 15 years, he has written on subjects as diverse as classic cars, ecotourism, immigration, pampered pets, fighter jets, and the business of beer. Originally from Denver, which boasts 300 days of sunshine a year, Matt has lived most of his adult life in Chicago, which boasts three. Matt has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and a master’s degree in creative writing, also from Northwestern.

  • Listening to: His dog snore
  • Watching: His carb intake (except for donuts, pasta and bread — the important stuff)
  • Reading:New Yorker from six months ago
  • Working on: Looking cooler when he passes motorcycles on his scooter

Melanie D.G. Kaplan

Contributing Writer

Melanie D.G. Kaplan is a Washington-based travel writer, contributing to the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, National Parks, and Washingtonian. Ever curious, she also enjoys writing about science, technology, and innovation, but on road trips, she and her beagle copilot still rely on trusty paper maps and have survived thus far using a flip phone.

  • Listening to: Patsy Cline
  • Watching: The weather, for ideal SUP days
  • Reading: (re-reading) Phantom Tollbooth
  • Working on: Ukulele tunes