Accession Number : ADA506270


Title :   Leveraging Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) in Mission Command


Descriptive Note : Monograph


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Sanchez, Andy


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a506270.pdf


Report Date : 21 Mar 2009


Pagination or Media Count : 49


Abstract : The federal government response to Hurricane Katrina demonstrated a vital need for the military to improve the process for assessment, response, and decision-making for all organizations involved. Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) is an emerging intelligence discipline that provides detailed data analysis, an assessment of the operational environment, and a means to investigate problems that may emerge. GEOINT is the exploitation and analysis of imagery and geospatial information to describe, assess, and visually depict physical features and geographically referenced activities. By examining the use of geospatial information systems by civilian organizations use of during Hurricane Katrina, it was possible to observe that the U.S. Combatant Commands are underutilizing GEOINT's potential as a tool for information analysis. Faced with new and complex problems, the military must adapt not only its methods for understanding complex problems but also must integrate new technologies to inform Mission Command. GEOINT provides the decision-maker or commander the ability to attain shared understanding of the operational environment. Joint and Army planning both recognize GEOINT but do not provide a vehicle to reveal its capabilities or how those capabilities can assist the commander with situational understanding. Joint and Army planners in COCOMs must follow NORTHCOM's lead and exploit GEOINT modeling capabilities in preparing for new and emerging threats. The employment of GEOINT modeling capabilities provides decision-makers the ability to visualize the environment prior to conducting operations. The military planners' limited understanding of GEOINT's capabilities and their tendency to focus on the limited number of useful data sources retards exploitation of geospatial intelligence capabilities in military operations planning.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY INTELLIGENCE , ORGANIZATIONS , GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS , GEOGRAPHIC AREAS , MILITARY PLANNING , MILITARY OPERATIONS , MISSIONS


Subject Categories : Military Intelligence


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE