USGIF has increased its engagement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the greater public safety community in the last year. The Foundation hosted its first National Security Workshop at last year’s GEOINT Symposium, and conducted a daylong Homeland Security Community Exchange during the fall GEOINT Community Week.
GEOINT’s increasing critical role in homeland security is further reflected by the four DHS components exhibiting at GEOINT 2015.
“Securing our homeland isn’t a single agency, state or citizen effort,” said David Lilley Jr., DHS geospatial portfolio manager. “Instead, effective homeland security and defense requires unified efforts that span all levels of government, industry, academia, and associations. USGIF’s GEOINT Symposium provides an excellent target opportunity for these community members to come together to synchronize efforts, share ideas, and collaborate.”
Be sure to stop by each booth to learn how DHS components apply GEOINT to meet their mission:
Office of Border Patrol Geospatial Information Systems Branch (OBP-GIS), U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
OBP-GIS plans, coordinates, and implements GIS services, standards, and programs supporting CBP and the communities it serves. Its role is to increase operational effectiveness, enhance officer safety, facilitate change detection, and promote efficient, cost-effective resource deployment. OBP-GIS has five core mission objectives: collection, cartography, analysis, tracking, and visualization.
Department of Homeland Security Geospatial Management Office (DHS GMO)
The DHS GMO exercises executive leadership in establishing department-wide geospatial information and technology programs, directives, initiatives, standards, techniques, and applications. The DHS GMO is the executive steward for the Geospatial Information Infrastructure, which provides a shared sensitive but unclassified platform for users to access trusted geospatial data, map services, and applications.
Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate First Responders Group (FRG) works to strengthen the first response community’s ability to respond to disasters and emergencies. Through the engagement of first responders the FRG pursues a better understanding of needs and requirements as well as develops innovative solutions to the emergency response community’s most pressing challenges.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA continues to expand the application and use of geospatial information and analytics throughout the spectrum of prevention, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation. The use and application of geospatial technologies is helping to meet disaster operations and national preparedness goals as defined by Presidential Policy Directive-8.