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One of the principal lessons learned from Desert Storm was the need for the commander to have an integrated view of the battlespace readily available throughout all phases of combat, from mobilization through redeployment. In response, the Defense Planning Guidance for FY 1999 - 2003 formalized the C4I for the Warrior (C4IFTW) concept by initiating Joint Vision 2010 (JV2010). JV2010 enunciated the need for embracing information superiority and technological advances to transform traditional warfighting and lead U.S. forces to increased jointness and military effectiveness. Included among the four pillars of JV2010 is Focused Logistics. The Global Combat Support System (GCSS) is identified in Focused Logistics implementation documents as a critical component of the information fusion tenet to achieve focus across the entire spectrum of combat support.
[Excerpt from GCSS Executive Summary which can be found at http://www.disa.mil/line/gcss.html].
GCSS-AF is an enterprise concept directed toward the development, integration and deployment of Agile Combat Support (ACS) information systems. These systems are intended to provide combat support information to the warfighter and support the functional business processes of the USAF. The Automated Civil Engineer System (ACES), managed by the Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency (AFCESA), is but one of more than 40 combat support systems intended to become an integrated component of the GCSS architecture. To ensure the Expeditionary Air Force (EAF) is properly supported, the AF Chief Information Officer (CIO) gave the GCSS-AF Requirements Integration Team (GRITT), the task of developing a road map to make GCSS-AF reality. The GRITT Final Report can be downloaded from http://www.afcesa.af.mil.
The USAF GeoBase must move towards integrating with the GCSS-AF architecture. Therefore, a presentation was made to BGen Bell (GRITT Chair) and the GRITT members on 22 Oct 99 in Crystal City. BGen Bell accepted the recommendation that USAF GeoBase requirements be integrated with those of GCSS-AF and he recommended Major Jack Manley (USAFE) serve as the GeoBase representative in the new GCSS-AF Integrated Requirements Division. Major Manley served as the ILE representative to the GRITT and has extensive experience with requirements definition, data standards, and program management.
The National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) is charged with providing mapping support for the DOD Geospatial Information Infrastructure (GII) and intends to use their Joint Mapping Toolkit (JMTK) to meet GCSS mapping requirements. However, the USAF GeoBase Initiative can help in supporting the very large-scale mapping requirements that are part of the base information infrastructure or BII. To help in building an end-to-end global-to-base mapping resource, an exploratory meeting will be held in Washington DC in mid-December with representatives from NIMA, the CADD/GIS Technology Center staff, the 497th Intelligence Group, the Air Force Communications and Information Center, and other key members of the GeoBase Community central to the JMTK/GeoBase interface issue. Next month's GeoBase Forum will include a summary of the meeting's discussion.
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