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Enterprise Components

History

The Army Geospatial Enterprise was conceived in the mid-2000’s, when the Army recognized the inefficiencies and lack of interoperability among Army systems using geospatial data.

In August 2007, a U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command analysis examined the geospatial gaps and capabilities. The analysis recommended the establishment of a governance body to manage and coordinate geospatial activities.

By late 2007, the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army signed the “Geospatial-Enterprise Governance Board Charter.” The charter established the Geospatial-Enterprise Governance Board (GGB) and the Geospatial Information Officer (GIO) position.

GGB: The primary objective of the GGB is to address Geospatial­ intelligence (GEOINT) issues impacting current and future forces, with a primary focus on the Geospatial Information component. The activities under the purview of this body enable actionable geospatial information to be posted, processed, and utilized vertically and horizontally, peer to peer, and bi-directionally from National to the Soldier-level; and is designed to increase efficiency, reduce duplication, minimize overhead, enable cost stewardship, and instill a culture of savings within the Army geospatial community.

GIO: The Army Geospatial Information Officer (GIO) serves as the Army's central manager responsible for coordination, assessment, and synchronization of all Arm policies, and standardization requirements for the Anny Geospatial Enterprise (AGE).  The GIO will certify compliance with policies and requirements for all Army geospatial information and related services supporting the AGE.  The GIO serves as the Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA) lead for geospatial policy issues related to the AGE.

The Army Geospatial Information Officers. From left to right ... Mr. Robert Burkhardt (2008 - 2011), Dr. Joseph Fontanella (2011- 2018), Mr. Gary Blohm (2018 - 2021), Mr. David Hibner (2022 - 2023), and Mr. Daniel Visone (Acting Director Nov 13, 2023 - Present).

Mr. Daniel Visone is the acting Director of the U.S. Army Geospatial Center (AGC) in Alexandria, Virginia, and serves as the Geospatial Information Officer (GIO) on the Army staff.

The long-term objective of the Army Geospatial Enterprise is to administer and facilitate the development of the Army geospatial capabilities by standardizing data, establishing common support services, and certifying Army systems.

Resources 

Publication (ATP) 3-34.80 Geospatial Engineering