Geospatial Information Requirements of the Objective Force
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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While there has been much debate on the type of vehicle that will be needed for the Objective Force, there is little awareness concerning the need for geospatial information to support full situational awareness, dominant maneuver, precision engagement, focused logistics, and full dimensional protection. Todays digital map is only the foundation for the types of information that will be required to meet tomorrows full range of military missions. Geospatial information contributions to battlespace awareness include finding the enemy within their dwell time, precise target location, ability to locate areas where maneuver profile is lower, seeing the terrain in greater clarity, identification of friendly and enemy forces by spectral signature, and use of hyperspectral technology to determine hazardous environmental conditions. The Army must make near term investments to ensure geospatial information systems are incorporated in the Future Combat System so that full spectrum dominance and rapid decision superiority is obtained. This paper will address why geospatial information must be addressed now and suggest changes that should be undertaken to supply the armed forces with geospatial knowledge.
- Military Intelligence
- Information Science