Earlier this week the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Geospatial Management Office (GMO) announced a new online version of the Homeland Security (HLS) Geospatial Concept of Operations (GeoCONOPS) is now available as part of the Department of Interior's (DOI) Federal Geospatial Platform. According to the bulletin released by the Homeland Infrastructure Foundation Level Data Working Group (HIFLD), the HLS GeoCONOPS is intended to be:
...a strategic roadmap to understand, and improve, the coordination of geospatial activities across the entire spectrum of the Nation: from federal, to state, and local governments, to private sector and community organizations, academia, the research and development industry and citizens in support of Homeland Security and Homeland Defense (HD).To review the online version, go here:
Good: Hats off to the GMO and HIFLD crew for their efforts to improve visibility and understanding of the Federal HLS and HD approach to business. Efforts such as this go a long way toward creating awareness that can be used to expand efforts and ultimately achieve program goals.
Other: Please consider the intended audience (emphasis added):
The entire geospatial community within the Homeland Security Enterprise that supports the missions of the federal government under The Stafford Act, the National Response Framework (NRF) and Presidential Policy Directives (PPD-8), and (PPD-21).
Sorry, but if you truly want this concept to work, you're going to have to deal with the elephant in the room. What's the plan, and more importantly, where's the funding, to bring the granularity of local data into the equation? A handful of contractor collects and a few HIFLD To The Regions folks aren't going to get you there. Without that piece of the puzzle, you can't claim the GEOCONOPS is going to achieve authoritative, or current data. My comments that accompanied release of the 2012 GEOCONOPS remain. Go here:
(Monday August 6, 2012)