Army undersecretary Joseph Westphal began the month with a visit to the U.S. Army Geospatial Center (AGC) to receive a routine intelligence briefing and initiate a conversation with his collaborators to ensure efficient delivery of the situational awareness that is so crucial to battlefield success. In the process, Westphal was able to gather a deeper appreciation for the work being done at the facility and boost employee morale in the process.
"Doctor Westphal's observations, insight and encouragement regarding the geospatial support and expertise we provide to our soldiers and strategic partners are invaluable," explained AGC director Joseph Fontanella. "His understanding and appreciation of our team's efforts to deliver geospatial enterprise-enabled systems and capabilities to the Army confirms they are critical to maintaining the service's role in supporting Unified Land Operations."
One of the key focuses of the visit was to monitor progress on the development of geospatial solutions capable of synchronizing intelligence sources across all battlefield command stations more reliably. Currently, one of AGC's most critical missions is management of the Common Operation Picture, which integrates and delivers situational awareness to troops around the world.
Westphal was effusive in his praise for the "combat edge" geospatial solutions could provide, but AGC engineers understand that their constant vigilance is required to provide the most accurate intelligence available to the people who need it most.