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Army Geospatial Enterprise (AGE)

What is it?
The AGE comprises the people, organizations, and technology involved in acquiring and managing geospatial data that affects all Army missions. Army Battle Command (BC), consisting of operations, intelligence, mission rehearsal, and training capabilities, all depend on achieving an AGE. At its core, the AGE is a distributed database and supporting infrastructure that is based on a common suite of interoperable software. The AGE allows geospatial data and information to be collected, stored, fused, analyzed, and disseminated horizontally and vertically–from peer to peer and from echelon to echelon, down to the individual Soldier.

Critical to the Army’s LandWarNet/BC capability development strategy, the AGE provides the standard and sharable geospatial foundation which enables a common operational picture and supports BC on the move. This allows Soldiers to operate effectively and efficiently in a net-centric environment within an Army-wide, network-enabled system of systems. The AGE also supports Unified Battle Command (UBC) capabilities–integrating operations, intelligence, mission rehearsal, modeling/simulation, training, and all other Soldier functions–while also supporting Joint, interagency, intergovernmental, multinational (JIIM) interoperability.

What has the Army done?
The Army established a 3-Star level Geospatial Governance Board (GGB) to administer and facilitate the development of the AGE. The GGB ensures the AGE is resourced and coordinated across the Army and that it is synchronized within the Department of Defense as well as the National System for Geospatial Intelligence. The principal members of the GGB are the Deputy Chiefs of Staff for Intelligence, Operations, Information, and Resource Management; the Chief of Engineers; the Military Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management; and the Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center. As chartered, the GGB is a decision-making body that addresses AGE issues impacting the Current and Future Force. To manage the operational, administrative, and daily responsibilities of the AGE, the GGB has chartered a Senior Executive Service–level Geospatial Information Officer (GIO). The GIO serves as the Department of the Army's central manager for Geospatial Information and Services (GI&S); responsible for coordinating, assessing, and synchronizing all Army policies and requirements for the AGE. The GIO reports directly to the GGB and works to unify Army geospatial activities by establishing cohesive policies and protocols, enforcing standards, coordinating requirements, and ensuring synchronization of actions.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army relies heavily on GI&S for its wartime and peacetime operations. The Army GGB and the GIO provide the leadership, guidance, and direction necessary to ensure the following AGE objectives are met:

  • Determine/document geospatial data, information gaps, and capabilities.
  • Build/formalize processes to reach decisions on geospatial technology capability and implementation.
  • Build/formalize processes to reach decisions on ground force data policy and standards regarding GI&S.
  • Develop/execute a current and future technology and standards roadmap.
  • Establish a phased geospatial enterprise implementation plan for current and future systems.
  • Make domain and engineering expertise available to the Army.
  • Acquisition community to support implementation of the AGE.
  • Certify current acquisition community geospatial strategies and technical implementation plans.
  • Establish effective partnerships to ensure geospatial requirements are appropriately considered in designing UBC capabilities.
  • Resource AGE institutions.

Why is this important to the Army?
Commanders and Soldiers at all levels require efficient and effective means to understand the operational environment and act decisively within the battlespace. Geospatial information is key to these capabilities. Through the AGE, commanders and Soldiers will be able to exploit a net-centric, enterprise environment that allows geospatial information to be collected, processed, and exploited in a timely manner. This will reduce redundancy, conserve scarce resources and personnel, and ultimately improve the probability of mission success. The AGE helps the Army achieve interoperability among its elements and synchronization within the JIIM community (particularly with ground forces).

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