Geo Intelligence: A New Level Of Military Intelligence Integration

With today’s spatial analyses of activities, the age of paper charts, military boards with carved and molded models, sandboxes, and sandbox maneuvers is long gone Modern warfare and military operations have fully benefited from the geospatial capabilities of global positioning satellite imagery, and the powerful computer tools that can manage such data. Satellites, high-powered photography and filming, and flexible software can help today’s military to set up multiple scenarios for decision makers so they can see the battle in real time. Napoleon Bonaparte, sitting on his horse at the top of the highest field hill, would have been green in envy.

Interactive Intelligence

Geospatial intelligence, or “geoint,” is a system that uses GPS mapping and data filters in conjunction with computers to display and track all active military assets and their movements on a war field, as well as to show and display the enemy’s movement, based on real-time intelligence. This combination of data, intelligence, reconnaissance feedback, and visual displays is extremely powerful. Now, civilians are using scaled-down versions of these tools for mapping, planning, development and tracking the progress of disease transmission.

Power Hogs

Geoint resources require a lot of computing power and an integrated network in order to use them at their best. Live GPS mapping data alone can easily overload a network, if processing and storing the data is not done on dedicated servers. In addition, bandwidth problems can arise if data is not being exchanged efficiently between field units to the mission decision point. However, military branches have demonstrated an ability to scale up when necessary in order to make computerized tools function. This is because they rely on instant information feeds that show the status of resources engaged and reserves during an incident.

Integrated Operations

So, military units can now enjoy the benefits in a wide range. Field personnel receive valuable information, such as location updates, the location of friendly and opposing units, and real-time instruction before entering hostile zones. Staff at the mission decision points can get more information on what is happening in the field as it happens, instead of after the fact. Due to both of these dynamic shifts, the military capability has increased exponentially.

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