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20 Jan 14. Met Office to showcase its international defence capabilities
The Met Office International Defence and Security team will be showcasing a range of systems, software and mission support tools at DGI 2014 – the Defence Geospatial Intelligence Conference, in London from 21st – 23rd January 2014. The team will be on hand throughout the three day event to explain how Met Office Defence and Security services offer invaluable support during enduring or contingent operations, in-theatre and at home. Weather and other environmental factors can have a critical impact on the success of military operations. Met Office services are underpinned by an in-depth understanding of the atmosphere and oceans, developed through decades of scientific research. Using the Met Office’s cutting-edge weather and climate science, the team have developed a range of mission support tools and delivery systems to assist military personnel in making critical operational decisions.
Commander Derek Swannick Royal Navy, the Military Liaison Officer at the Met Office said: “Maritime, air and land, operations as well as C4ISR, Special Forces and Security activities are all affected by the environment in which they are conducted. The dedicated Defence and Security team at the Met Office are experienced in enabling personnel and commanders to gain information and decision superiority in their operations.
“Detailed understanding of how weapons, sensors, platforms and people are impacted by the weather, oceans and climate is a key component of geospatial intelligence and the Met Office provides the ability to derive, interpret and integrate this information; ensuring that relevant and timely advice is provided direct to military decision-makers.”
The Met Office supplies the UK Ministry of Defence, NATO and international defence and security forces with specialist weather services. As the UK’s national weather service and part of government, is a trusted advisor to the UK MoD as one of its Specialist Geospatial Centres. The Met Office works closely with other government departments and professional partners across the defence and security, both here in the UK and internationally. The Defence and Security team will also be showcasing their work at the C4ISR Summit in Abu Dhabi at the end of February and Dimdex in Doha at the end of March. You can see Matt Wardle, Geo Apps Team Leader at the Met Office, speaking at the C4ISR Summit about Geo Applications during the GIS and GEOINT focus day.

21 Jan 14. The UK Ministry of Defence has declared Initial Operating Capability (IOC) on a new development in battlefield geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) that provides significantly improved situational awareness for the British Army. Lockheed Martin UK and Team SOCRATES, its industry team, have now completed Tranche 1 of the Field Deployable GEOINT (FDG) – part of the overall PICASSO – programme. The PICASSO programme provides strategic to tactical level mapping and digital geographic information and imagery derived intelligence to UK forces.
“This UK designed and built system, using COTS software, elevates the collection, dissemination and effectiveness of geospatial intelligence on the battlefield to a new level. There is already strong overseas interest in the technology from Europe, the Americas and the Far East,” said Andy Hannam Director CGI of Lockheed Martin UK Information Systems and Global Solutions. Following the success of the initial programme, Team SOCRATES has been awarded FDG Tranche 2A, which will provide additional FDG systems, a Forward Map Distribution Point (FMDP) and further Tactical Map Distribution Points (TMDP) capability. FDG delivers a data centric, GEOINT management, discovery, dissemination and exploitation capability that addresses the deployable requirements of the UK’s Joint Force Intelligence Group (J

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