Wednesday, August 14, 2013

U.S. National Grid is Now In the DHS Geospatial CONOPS

On June 28, 2013, the Department of Homeland Security released version 5.0 of the Homeland Security Geospatial Concept of Operations (GeoCONOPS). As described at the start of the document, intent is as follows:
This Homeland Security (HLS) Geospatial Concept of Operations (GeoCONOPS) has been developed as a strategic starting point for understanding how the coordination of Homeland Security and Homeland Defense (HD) geospatial activities can be improved at the federal level. The intended audience for this document is the full geospatial community supporting the missions of the federal government under the National Response Framework (NRF) and Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8). This includes the stakeholders and actors representing the Emergency Support Functions (ESFs), the Joint Field Offices (JFO), Federal Operations Centers, the disaster preparedness exercise and evaluation community, and those involved in other NRF missions. Individuals representing these groups and activities have been extensively engaged in providing input for this document.
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Homeland Security Geospatial Concept of Operations (GeoCONOPS), Version 5.0

Comment: Notable among the 29 pages added to this version of the GeoCONOPS - a new appendix devoted entirely to the U.S. National Grid (see page 203). In addition, U.S. National Grid is now prominently highlighted as a best practice for Search and Rescue Management and SAR GeoReferencing (pages 62 and 114 respectively). Very nice!

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