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Esri User Conference 2019 is just around the corner.  If you are a Federal Government Organization user and have questions about Esri Technical Support, we have you covered.  I will be providing a presentation with Malcolm Smith in our Expo Defense Area Theater focused on the the evolution of Technical Support for our Federal customers.  We will discuss Esri support programs and processes that provide improved technical support while maintaining customer data protections.  Speakers will be available to answer questions following the presentation. I hope we see you there.

View this StoryMap from the Embassy of Ukraine.  The StoryMap contains information, imagery, maps, and infographics pertaining to Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine.

 

View this and other StoryMaps from across the Defense and Intelligence Community on our Community StoryMaps page.

Defense and Intelligence users, are you looking for technical support resources at Esri Federal GIS Conference?  You will find Analysts and Technical Account Managers at the "Implementing ArcGIS" Area in the Expo.  In this area you will also discover tips and techniques that help you implement ArcGIS to achieve mission success.  Area topics include:

  • Strategy & Planning
  • Architecture & Security
  • GeoData Engineering
  • Configuration & Integration
  • Workforce Development
  • Operational Support

Are you coming to Esri's Federal GIS Conference?  Dont forget the visit the Defense and Intelligence Areas in the Expo area.  Here you can meet with Esri Defense and Intelligence staff to discuss your mission needs, learn about real-world use of ArcGIS, and discover new capabilities.  Highlights include:

  • Smart Installations for operational readiness
  • Geo-enabled mission apps for Command and Control
  • Military Tools for ArcGIS
  • Connecting Intelligence and Operations to enhance intelligence tradecraft
  • ArcGIS Pro Intelligence Workstation

Did you know that Military Tools for ArcGIS just released version 3.1?  

 

Military Tools for ArcGIS is a collection of add-ins and geoprocessing toolboxes for ArcGIS. They are fundamental tools for coordinate conversion, distance and direction calculations, visibility analysis, creating rectangular grids, and the creation of military symbols.

 

Use Military Tools for ArcGIS to do the following:

  • Input coordinates and quickly convert them between several standard formats.
  • Dynamically create geodetic lines, circles, ellipses, and range rings.
  • Conduct interactive linear and radial line-of-sight analysis.
  • Quickly create standard military symbols (MIL-STD-2525D and MIL-STD-2525B w/CHANGE 2 )in ArcGIS Pro.
  • Quickly create rectangular grids from areas or points, and number the features, using the Military Tools toolbox.

 

Military Tools for ArcGIS 3.1 supports the following products:

  • ArcMap™ 10.3.1, to 10.6.1
  • ArcGIS Pro 2.1 and 2.2
  • Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS Developer Edition 2.4 to 2.9

 

To download Military Tools for ArcGIS, visit http://solutions.arcgis.com/defense/help/military-tools/

Complete the Learn ArcGIS lesson using Military Tools for ArcGIS.

View the Military Tools for ArcGIS webinar.

Back in June we wrote about the development of the Intelligence Configuration for ArcGIS Pro (ICAP), and now it is time to announce the release of ICAP 1.0.

 

ICAP is a managed configuration of ArcGIS, which includes add-ins, geoprocessing tools, and project templates. This ArcGIS Pro configuration is built specifically for intelligence analysts. These combined components provide a streamlined user experience and specialized tools to aid intelligence analysts in their workflows. ICAP is available to Esri customers at no additional cost.  Some of the new capabilities  included in ICAP:

 

  • Link charts—Intelligence Configuration for ArcGIS Pro provides the ability to visualize entities and their relationships. This capability allows analysts to easily see, edit, and manipulate link diagrams of people, groups, and events that would otherwise be viewed in a table or on a map. In one single interface, analysts can see the complex relationships between different assets, with minimal data and little or no learning curve. The link chart is created dynamically based on the source data, which can be manipulated via the chart, map, or attribute table.
  • Conditions and alerts—To ease the burden of filtering and querying data to discover its value, ICAP provides a way for analysts to designate conditions based on a set of queries and then be alerted when these conditions are met. For instance, when a mortar activity is within 7 kilometers of a reported location, an alert notifies the analyst, and the activity is logged for further analysis.
  • Data management—ArcGIS Pro already has many robust data management tools and workflows. To better support intelligence analysts, ICAP will bring the most commonly used data management tools to the forefront, placing widely used tools in a custom data management ribbon. In addition, ICAP introduces a tool that grabs files commonly used by the intelligence analyst (such as .shp, .kml, .kmz, .xls(x), and .csv) and adds them to the map with the right symbology, including standard 2525 military symbology.

 

For more information, and to download ICAP, visit: http://go.esri.com/icap

You may also want to view a webinar we did: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68uh3h3YJsE&feature=youtu.be

Intelligence can be distinguished from data and information in that intelligence provides reasoned insight into future conditions or situations.  GIS provides a common framework for turning data into decisions.

 

Capable of handling big data, ArcGIS allows decision-makers and analysts to access very large amounts of near real-time data and information relating to all aspects of the operational environment. Raw data can be plentiful, and information on its own may have minimal utility. But when integrated and considered with other information in the light of patterns and relationships, this new understanding of the information is what we call "intelligence."

 

 

 

The intelligence process incorporates a common workflow and terminology to facilitate the production of relevant intelligence products that support many missions. The process includes the following:

  • Requirements and planning
  • Collection
  • Processing and exploitation
  • Analysis and production
  • Dissemination and integration

 

At the 2018 Esri User Conference, we took a focused look at the management of intelligence processes.  Robert Feuerstein and I demonstrated the use of Esri web maps and apps that replace paper and email-based workflows and streamline the activities associated with Requests for Information (RFI) management, collection and asset management, data management, and production management.

 

These easy to use ArcGIS apps enable the following:

  • Field units, analysts, and operational planners can discover and access authoritative data and services from multiple databases and open sources. This content can be shared between units and organizations, at all levels of command. Keep in mind that handling instructions are a function of policy and still apply

 

  • Production Managers can use portal groups to prioritize and assign production tasks, while analysts leverage shared models and tools that streamline workflows and improve tradecraft

 

  • Use web forms and apps to manage requirements, data collection, and assets in real time. Field data collection units improve on paper-based workflows and directly contribute to intelligence production

 

  • Intelligence products and information can be shared with planners, decision-makers, and operators through dynamic briefings and story maps

 

Apps are revolutionizing how we communicate and share information across units and levels of command. If you missed our informative session, links to view the recording will be coming soon.

This month, I completed our webinar series focused on the unique challenges faced by defense and intelligence organizations when integrating intelligence and operations. If you missed all or part of these sessions, you can view the recordings of the topics as listed below:

 

  • Integrating Intelligence and Operations—An Overview

In this overview, we discussed how Esri's ArcGIS provides an open platform that leverages web tools and integrated applications. We showed how web maps and apps can be used in a collaborative environment to integrate data, sensors, and activities in real time for improved decision making.

 

  • Working in a Disconnected, Intermittent, Low-Bandwidth Environment

In this webinar we discussed the increased demand for relevant and timely information at all echelons of command.  We explored how Esri capabilities can be used when environmental influences impact the performance of networks resulting in significant connectivity challenges.

 

  • Apps for Field Collection

This webinar discussed the importance of accurate, up-to-date field conditions and intelligence to achieve successful military operations. We showed how field units can use and edit web maps and apps in a secure, collaborative environment to collect and share timely information between field units and operations centers.

 

  • Operations Dashboard and Situational Awareness

To round out the series, this webinar explored how field-collected data can be sent to operations centers, where it is easily integrated with other intelligence information.  We demonstrated the resulting improved decision-making and response time.

 

Visit the webinar series here

 

The global challenges that we face today are more complex than ever before. A vast number of issues may not lie completely within a single nation state, and they don't necessarily fit neatly into traditional military or diplomatic roles. To respond, our systems and workflows need to be dynamic, agile, and easy to use. We need a modern intelligence workstation to deliver intelligence capabilities.

 

The ArcGIS platform provides intelligence workstation applications and tools that leverage enterprise geospatial services and community imagery formats in a collaborative, production environment. With the specialized configuration, the Esri user experience can be streamlined for essential intelligence workflows and provides powerful analytic capabilities.

 

An intelligence workstation equipped with ArcGIS is a combination of applications and tools. Analysts leverage the analytic capabilities of ArcGIS Pro in addition to specialty apps, enterprise data, and services for improved intelligence production. The intelligence workstation also integrates imagery tools with geospatial capabilities within the same desktop environment. Solutions are scalable to your organization, mission, and intelligence requirements.

 

An essential component of the intelligence workstation is the Intelligence Configuration for ArcGIS Pro (ICAP). ICAP offers a custom, managed configuration, and add-ins that provide a streamlined user experience for the intelligence analyst. Without ever leaving the ICAP environment, analysts can

  • Batch import point, line, and area vector data received through observations, sensors, and reports.
  • Spatially query to filter relevant data.
  • Visualize the relationships between people, groups, and objects.
  • Determine probabilities and likely courses of action.

 

The capabilities in this new configuration include the following:

  • Link charts—Visualize entities and their relationships. Link charts allow analysts to easily see, edit, and manipulate link diagrams of people, groups, and events that would otherwise be stored in a table or a map. In one single interface, analysts can see the complex relationships between different assets with minimal data and little to no training. The linked chart derives from the source data, so it can be manipulated via the chart or the map.

 

  • Conditions and alerts—Ease the burden of filtering and querying data to discover its value. ICAP provides a way for analysts to set conditions based on a set of queries and receive alerts when these conditions are met. For instance, when mortar activity is within seven kilometers of a reported location, an alert notifies the analyst, and it's logged for further analysis.

 

  • Data management—Bring the most commonly used data management tools to the forefront, placing widely used tools on a custom Data Management ribbon. In addition to the already robust suite of analysis tools in ArcGIS, ICAP introduces one that grabs files commonly used by the intelligence analyst (such as SHP, KML, and KMZ) and adds them to the map with the right symbology, including MIL-STD-2525 military symbology.

If you would like to learn more about the capabilities offered with the Intelligence Configuration for ArcGIS Pro, please join us for our webinar on June 19.

 

Register Here.