Geospatial Intelligence Clears Fog Of War
Camp Victory, Iraq– One of the assets in the troop surge has been the technological support that it has brought to troop commanders and leaders in the region. The amount of intelligence and information available had risen dramatically, and the ability to plan and detect the enemy has also greatly improved.
The Department of Defense National Geospatial Intelligence Agency has been operating in the Iraqi theater for some time, but their efforts on the part of Coalition forces has become much more pronounced since the troop surge.
In the past year the forces of the Coalition operating in Central Iraq have benefited greatly from the intelligence and information that the NGA agency has provided. It has allowed forces to operate with knowledge and authority, and cleared up a lot of areas where previously there was no information available. “When the fog of war gets thick, as it always does in wartime, it helps to have the kind of information that Geospatial intelligence gives us. Satellite and Geospatial information gives us a clear vivid picture of what’s happening,” said Vice Admiral Robert B. Murrett. Admiral Murret is the Director of NGA Forces in Iraq.
NGA intelligence works together as a team with other Coalition aircraft and assets. Together information is pooled, and data and intelligence is rushed to battlefield commanders in real time, greatly aiding in their efforts. NGA data includes maps, charts and detailed pictures of the enemy, the battle area, and surrounding regions that gives a great deal of intelligence to the soldiers on the ground.