US Army Corps of Engineers
Army Geospatial Center

AGC Imagery Office

Published Feb. 13, 2013
AGC Imagery Office

AGC Imagery Office

Background

The AGC Imagery Office (AIO) functions as the U.S. Army's commercial imagery acquisition agent. The AIO is also designated as the repository of selected commercial satellite/aerial imagery and AGI data pertaining to terrain analysis and water resources operations. The AIO Data Library (ADL) is accessible to DoD users via an online search & discovery web client application called AGCDataDoors. The AIO provides expertise on the NSG TCPED cycle, most specifically through fulfillment of collection management services for users requiring new commercial imagery collections or unfunded/unlicensed archived imagery requirements. AIO leverages and utilizes the EnhancedView Contract, COMSAR Contract and other NGA IDIQ Commercial Contracts. Efficient management of the research, acquisition, and dissemination of imagery and imagery products is increasingly important as Army units expand their use of remotely sensed data. AIO serves several functions in its role as monitor, as defined in AR 115-11, Army Geospatial Information and Services. These include acting as the Army’s primary Point of Contact for commercial satellite imagery data sources, both electro-optical and SAR, to support engineer and terrain analysis operations and applications, and serving as the repository of selected commercial images/products. AIO collaborates with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), commercial satellite imagery vendors, federal civil data providers and the AGC Data Dissemination Team, in order to collect and disseminate commercial satellite imagery and imagery products, AGC BuckEye aerial imagery, and select IFSAR/LIDAR.

Current Operations

The AIO team consists of one team lead and five personnel dedicated to data research, acquisition and dissemination and one team member is designated the AGC Collection Manager. Army funds for commercial imagery procurement have been nearly eliminated in recent years so AIO offers many avenues in which to satisfy valid imagery requirements at no cost. Using government contract vehicles, such as the NGA EnhancedView and COMSAR Contracts, is one solution for AIO to acquire on behalf of the Army, commercial imagery data at no cost. Additional solutions for satisfying imagery requirements for AIO and customers with access to these resources are use of archived imagery repositories at NGA such as the Web-based Access & Retrieval Portal-Unclassified St. Louis Information Library (WARP-USTIL), the Information Access Services (IAS), the NGA Global Enhanced GeoINT Delivery service and the NGA Gateway/PKI Websites. Using United States Geological Survey and United States Department of Agriculture resources can also offer imagery to satisfy archived requirements. AIO’s Collection Manager in coordination with the Army Departmental Requirements Office, is authorized to submit requirements on behalf of Army customers for new or archived imagery collections through the NGA Geospatial Information Management System (GIMS).

Future Developments: AIO will continue to leverage NGA resources, provide commercial imagery research, acquisition and dissemination for the Army Warfighter and USACE Civil Work through existing and newly developed commercial satellite technologies.

Points of Contact: AIO Team Lead, COMM: (703) 428-6909 DSN 364-6909. AIO Team Email, DLL-AGC-AIO@usace.army.mil; Please contact the AIO TL for user accounts to access the AGCDataDoors data library