Change is rapidly coming to how the military develops, works with, and uses geospatial technology, and GIS is at the forefront of this transformation.
No longer is GIS just used as a specialized niche capability in military operations. Today, defense organizations directly embed geospatial capabilities into mainstream command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) applications.
GIS Fuels Defense Information Requirements
GIS professionals once created specialized products for use only at upper command levels. Today, powerful publication technologies on servers make geospatial capabilities available throughout an area of operations. With these netcentric operations, information moves quickly, for example, from the data provider in the field to an intelligence analyst at headquarters. This information is used for operations at all echelons in defense.
The net result: better, faster, and less expensive analysis and more informed decisions, as old, independent, and sometimes incompatible systems are phased out and replaced by integrated service-oriented architecture (SOA). GIS provides the key enabling technology for this transformation of C4ISR.
These stories show how defense and intelligence organizations use GIS to support C4ISR applications.
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