The Army Geospatial Enterprise (AGE)

Monday December 8, 2008

What is it?

The AGE is the organizing logic behind the geospatial support required by Army battle command (BC) and intelligence operations. Specifically, it is comprised of the people, organizations, and technology involved in the acquisition, production, analysis, exchange, and use of geospatial data, information, and services affecting the Army mission. At its core, the AGE is a distributed database and analytic support structure based upon a common suite of interoperable software, open standards, data formats, and data models that allows geospatial data and information to be collected, stored, managed, fused, analyzed and disseminated from peer to peer, echelon to echelon.

What has the Army done?

The Army established a 3-star level, Geospatial Governance Board (GGB)- a decision-making body representing specific functional interests within the Army to address the AGE issues impacting current and future force. The GGB chartered an Army geospatial information officer (GIO) to serve as the Department of Army's central manager for geospatial information and services (GI&S), responsible for coordinating, assessing, and synchronizing all Army policies, standards, and requirements for the AGE. The GIO reports directly to the GGB, and works to unify Army geospatial activities by establishing and enforcing cohesive policies and protocols, standards, requirements and synchronizing 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, so the AGE must be developed and implemented quickly and smartly. To achieve this intent, the GGB and the GIO will provide the leadership, guidance and direction necessary to meet the following AGE objectives, including:

1. Determining/documenting geospatial data, information gaps and capabilities

2. Building/formalizing processes to reach decisions on geospatial technology capabilities and implementations, ground force data policy and standards regarding GI&S

3. Making domain and engineering expertise available to the Army acquisition community to support implementation of the AGE

4. Establishing effective partnerships to ensure geospatial requirements are appropriately considered in designing Unified BC capabilities

Why is it important to the Army?

Soldiers at all levels require an efficient and effective means to integrate functions, better understand and act decisively within the battlespace. The AGE will permit them to exploit a net-centric, enterprise environment that allows geospatial information to be collected once, then processed, exploited and shared among all Soldiers and their organizations efficiently, reducing redundancy and conserving scarce resources and personnel - improving the probability of mission success.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

- Speaker's Toolkit

- Information Papers with "2008 Army Posture Statement"

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

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SOCIAL NETWORKING

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Retired general who criticized Iraq troop levels tapped for VA post (KC)
  • Servicemembers prove themselves in ambush (ARNews)
  • Less bulk, more protection (AT)
  • Private contractors sought as guards in Afghanistan (WP)
  • Recruiter's first enlistment is sister (ARNews)
  • 6 reasons it's the best time to re-enlist (AT)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Official calls for sensitivity to Afghan demands (NYT)
  • New troops will help in Afghan war, McCain says (AZS)
  • Militants destroy U.S. trucks, supplies in Pakistan (BG)
  • Pakistan militant group builds web of Western recruits (LAT)
  • Police outline plan to take on larger role (WT)

OF INTEREST

  • More than 2,000 gather at Pearl Harbor to mark 1941 attack (USA)
  • For Utah vets, Pearl Harbor memories still vivid (SLT)
  • Closing detainee camp a minefield of critical steps (MH)
  • 9/11 suspects face Gitmo court, victims' families (LVS)
  • Battle ahead over 'don't ask, don't tell' rule (SDS)
  • A new grip on life (NW)

WORLD VIEW

  • Study rules out Pearl Harbor conspiracy (LDT | Story)
  • Blackwater court battle looms (AJ | Story)
  • Pakistani spy agency linked to militants suspected in attacks (IHT | Story)
  • Pakistan arrests Mumbai mastermind, reports say (GRD | Story)
  • Pakistan 'crackdown on militants' (BBC | Story)
  • Pak, India spar over threatening hoax call (ET | Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

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ARMY SPORTS

**Sports at a glance

Top Army football stories**

Navy tallies seventh consecutive victory over rival Army, 34-0

Mooney sets rushing record as Army falls to Navy

Navy zeros in, blanks Army: Navy 34, Army 0

Navy beats Army, 34-0

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Events

Dec. 7, 2008: Pearl Harbor Day

Dec. 13, 2008: Birthday of the Army National Guard

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"I think when you're involved with your kids, you are showing them how important they are to you. Most teenagers don't hear it in your words, but will know from your actions."

- Geanna Torres, an Army spouse

Volunteering, community spirit earns Heidelberg's family of the year award

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