Graphical Situation Display (GSD)
The Commander's requirement for a timely, accurate synoptic overview of the battlefield was revalidated during Desert Storm. Additionally, the requirement for interoperability between the various services in Joint Operations/Coalition Warfare dictates a common method for depicting situational information for a shared common view of the battlefield.
The Army Space Program Office (ASPO) has the lead within the Command and Control and the Intelligence communities to develop a standard means for graphical reporting. The ASPO program is the Graphical Situation Display (GSD).
The underlying goals for GSD are to provide a standard means of depicting situational information using standard military symbology on an imagery or map (raster or vector) background. GSD is not a system, but concepts, methodologies, standards and software modules to be integrated into existing hardware and software architectures. Key to this concept is the development of standard icon identifiers which, when presented to the GSD package on a user workstation, allows the creation of a standard military symbol. This is then placed on the background in accordance with the locational data in the data record. Users can tailor the information shown by a user friendly data filtering interface.
GSD is designed to be compliant with existing standards. Where standards do not yet exist, ASPO is working closely with standards proponents (e.g., DISA) to ensure we are compatible with emerging standards.
GSD holds promise in digitizing the battlefield, horizontal integration and providing the Big Picture to battlefield commanders, while minimizing the impact to existing systems and architectures.
Graphical Situation Display is a Military Intelligence Board directed program to address the commander's requirement for a timely, accurate, synoptic overview of the battlefield and to facilitate interoperability between the services in Joint Operation/Coalition Warfare. GSD uses Department of Defense Interface Standard Common Warfighting Symbology (MIL STD-2525A) which includes FM 101-5-1 Operational Terms and Graphics. GSD is not a system but a software package that can be integrated into existing hardware and software architectures. Key to this concept is the development of standard icon identifiers which, when presented to the GSD package on a user workstation, allow the creation of a standard military symbol. The GSD graphical information can be disseminated using the U.S. Message Text Format (USMTF) Graphical Report (GRAPHREP).
GSD is currently in its 2.0 release version and supports SUN, SOLARIS, and BP operating systems. GSD is Defense Information
Infrastructure Common Operating Environment (DII/COE), and Global Command Control System (G-CCS) compliant. GSD is the symbology support
segment for the Joint Mapping Tool Kit (JMTK), Joint Collection Management Tools (JCMT), Air Force Combat Information System (CIS) and Mission Planning System, Army All Source Analysis System (ASAS) , Army Maneuver Control System Block III (MCS), Army TENCAP systems, Defense Nuclear Agency Mission System, Army Medical Department Command and Control System, National Security Agency (NSA) and commercial/government off the shelf imagery electronic light table applications. GSD has been provided to over 160 DOD and service system acquisition programs, several Advance Concept Technology Demonstrations (ACTD) and government sponsored commercial programs for system development and integration. ASPO's GSD implementation of NIIL-STD-2525A symbology has been endorsed by the Military Communication Electronic Board (MCEB).
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