U.S. Army Geospatial Center (AGC): Enabling Geospatial Information Dominance

Thursday May 10, 2012

What is it?

The AGC, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Major Subordinate Command, coordinates, integrates and synchronizes geospatial information requirements and standards across the Army. It also develops and fields geospatial enterprise-enabled systems and capabilities to the Army and Department of Defense as well as provides direct geospatial support and products to Soldiers.

What has the Army done?

Geospatial information consists of data associated with geographic and temporal references. This includes information about the earth, its subsurface, surface, bodies of water, atmosphere and adjacent regions of space. The Army relies heavily on geospatial information and services for all of its operations to the point where they are now considered to be a key "commodity," critical to its ability to plan and execute its missions. The AGC's programs and expertise are helping to build the standardized, shareable geospatial foundation required to generate the high-fidelity common operating picture (COP) Soldiers use to plan contingency, crisis response and humanitarian missions stateside and abroad. As the Army's Knowledge Center for Geospatial Expertise, the AGC supports its LandWarNet/Mission Command on-the-move concepts, capabilities and systems - facilitating dissemination of relevant geospatial information to every echelon throughout the dynamic battlefield environment.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The AGC will continue to provision the AGE-an integrated system of technologies, standards, data and processes that delivers a standard and shareable geospatial foundation. The center will also continue to provide domain expertise, thought leadership as well as conduct research, development, testing and evaluation to ensure that the Department of Defense's ground forces and mission partners have the right information, at the right time, at the right place.

Why is this important to the Army?

The AGC's collection, creation and provisioning of high-resolution imagery, geospatial information and mission-related products in support of unified land operations ensures that ground forces are able to develop, exploit and share a feature-rich COP, extending the Soldier's combat edge to humanitarian and operational missions across the globe. Its efforts to deploy an enterprise solution across the force will help to eliminate geospatial information interoperability deficiencies, which will ultimately reduce redundancy, improve the probability of mission success, and save lives.

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AGC Imagery Repository

AGE Army Posture Statement

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