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Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Defense Mapping for Future Operations.

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The Task Force concluded that the Department of Defense DoD should transition from emphasis on standard scale map and chart production to providing a readily accessible source of digital information which will satisfy military geospatial, mapping, charting and weapon systems requirements. This repository of digital geospatial information should be accessible electronically for a large variety of worldwide customers via a distributed architecture designed to make a major contribution to battlefield information dominance and support the needs for modeling and simulation, wargaming, training, exercising, rehearsal, operations and post strike analysis. The information contained in this architecture should serve as the foundation for all DoD information management systems. Its principle attributes should be geospatially referenced and temporally tagged using Global Positioning System GPS time and positional standard accuracies, whenever practicable. These distributed warehouses of digital information must be linked to the Global Command and Control System GCCS for the Theater CINCs, their components, Joint Task Force Commanders, Corps Commanders, etc., down to the company echelon. Users must be able to build on the warehouse data to locally and dynamically tailor, profile and construct their charts, maps, displays, etc., to suit their needs without degrading interoperability. In summary, maps and mapping are the issue of the past - the real issue is digital databases and distributed systems. This study, therefore, builds on the 1994 DSB Summer Study on Information Architecture for the Battlefield.

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  • Cartography and Aerial Photography
  • Military Intelligence

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