‘GeoIntelligence is essential for special operations’

‘GeoIntelligence is essential for special operations’

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New Delhi: “Special forces cannot succeed unless they have the intelligence that geospatial technology provides,” said Maj Gen RK Malhotra (Retd), National Security Council Secretariat. Speaking at the first plenary session on ‘Special Operations’ at the GeoIntelligence India 2013, being held in New Delhi, he stressed upon the challenge of bridging the gap between the legacy systems and the latest technology available in the market.

Wg Cdr Satyam Kushwaha, National Security Council Secretariat, talked about how geospatial intelligence can enhance the capabilities of forces for carrying out their mission successfully. Talking about the requirements of security agencies and challenges being faced by them, he said, “We need a 3D system that is capable of handling all kinds of maps, is designed for Indian conditions and can be used by all the three forces,” adding, “but most importantly, what is required is that we should know how to use this technology.” Talking about why geospatial is a force multiplier, he said, “The technology helps in reducing collateral damage, increasing efficiency and accuracy for forces.”

“GIS is not about maps, it is about what we can do with maps,” said John Day, Director-Global, Defence Esri, USA, who talked about the need to build systems which can communicate with each other. “Network centric environment provides for sharing of information. We are moving towards intelligent systems which can share information with each other,” he added.

Echoing similar views Christopher K Tucker, who represented OGC at the event said, “Geospatial situational awareness demands interoperability.” Talking about the advantages of geospatial technology for armed forces he said, “Geospatial technology helps build trust,’ adding, “Special forces are the highest users of geointelligence.”

Maj Gen PC Katoch (Retd), former DGIS, Indian Army, stressed upon the need for India to build its capabilities in the geospatial sector. “We need to fill in the voids in the country as the geoint tools available today talk about interactive maps, simulation and so on,” he said. The session ended with an interactive Q&A session.

The seventh edition of the two-day conference is being organised by Geospatial Media and Communications. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Geospatial – Force Multiplier for Modern Warfare’.

Source: Our Correspondent

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