Earth Data and New Weapons
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC
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Many modern weapons require detailed information about the earth to guide them to target. This earth data is also necessary for training those who will man the weapons. The authors believe inadequate data now mars the early, critical stages of weapons development and acquisition. In this study, they catalog a history of bureaucratic omissions, contradictions, and funding disputes that have hampered earth data programs. They recommended system improvements under the general aegis of the Department of Defense, with the Defense Mapping Agency taking a leading role. They suggest specific ways to clarify existing regulations, standardize earth data products, identify earth data requirements early in the weapons acquisition process, and adequately fund development. Keywords Guidancedata bases.
- Administration and Management
- Cartography and Aerial Photography
- Navigation and Guidance