Geospatial Support of NATO Strategic Headquarters


First, the author, who works at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Mons, briefly describes the contribution of Geographic Service of Czech Forces in terms of geospatial support for NATO. He also mentions current allocation of personnel in military missions and NATO/EU international structures. The article deals with tasks fulfilled by the Geospatial Section within Supreme Headquarters (SHAPE). One of the main section's responsibilities is Geospatial Data Management and Distribution, in line, with releasability conditions, and overall coordination of geo-cells within subordinate HQs. This section widely cooperates in the field of research and development, namely Core GIS project and Geospatial Standardization. Direct Geospatial Support is shortly mentioned, as well as variety smaller assignments.

Lt.Col. Ing. Jan Marša, Ph.D., born in 1975, Military Academy Brno, language course at Defense Language Institute, Lackland AFB, Texas, USA; Advanced Geodetic Course at Defense Geospatial Intelligence School, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, USA. In the years 1996-2003 he worked at the Military Geographic and Hydrometeorologic Office in Dobruška (geodesy, Military Land Information Branch), from 2003 till 2008 Military Geographic and Hydrometeorology Office (VGHMÚř), Dobruška: Distribution of Digital Geospatial Information, applied research and development. He used to be a member of editorial boars of collections Vojenský geografický obzor and Acta geodaetica. From December 2006 till April 2007 commander of the 1st contingent, Armed Forces of the Czech Republic, Multinational Force-I (MNF-I), Basrah, Iraq. From 2008-2011 section head of Geospatial Support, Supreme Headquarters Allied Power Europe (SHAPE), Mons, Belgium. Since August 2011 to present, geospatial officer at Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare Department, MoD.

Country: Czech Republic


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