Given the urgency of the wars we are in, the daunting global security environment we will inhabit for decades to come, and our country's economic problems, we simply cannot afford to move ahead with business as usual.

—Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

Defense Installations Spatial Data Infrastructure (DISDI)

Integrating Geospatial Capabilities to Benefit Business Transformation

The Defense Installations Spatial Data Infrastructure (DISDI) is the geospatial oversight program responsible for leveraging spatial information across I&E's business mission areas to better manage global installations and bases.

Using the Global Information Grid (GIG), DISDI develops standards and policy to enable the sharing and interoperability of high-quality geospatial data at all levels of installation management. DISDI—comprised of people, policies, and practices—ensures that I&E's geospatial information infrastructure is aligned with DoD's net-centric data sharing strategies and business transformation goals.

DISDI Net-Centric Mission

DISDI focuses on implementing net-centric, geospatial information sharing by integrating geospatial efforts across the Department. The goal is to reduce redundant IT investments and increase the availability of quality geospatial data to any DoD mission in the basing or battle space. DISDI fosters fact-based decision-making by centralizing and improving access to strategic visualization capabilities.

Geo-Enabling I&E Mission Areas

Implementation of DISDI's enterprise goals will guarantee the integration of geospatial information within the business decision-making process. A mission has been "geo-enabled" when it leverages geospatial capabilities to help visualize and enhance data, transforming it into actionable information.

One example is the pilot project to digitally map authoritative parcel boundaries at 70 installations, demonstrating application of geospatial technology to transform real property business processes. The Spring issue of The Military Engineer features an article about this pilot and how it relates to the Real Property Inventory Requirements.

DISDI Initiatives

DISDI develops geospatial integration tools, helps develop federal standards, and fosters DoD compliance with those standards:


DISDI Initiative Fact Sheets

Public Presentations

Presentations given at the most recent ESRI International Users Conference, 15 July, 2014:

For specific or additional documents or presentations by members of the DISDI Program, please visit the DISDI Community of Interest site on Geoint Online.


Related Links

DISDI Community Tools

Geospatial Information

The first annual update of geographic information for major installations, ranges and training areas in the United States and its territories is now available. From this link below, authoritative locations of the most commonly known DoD sites, installations, ranges, and training areas in the United States and territories can be downloaded. This information is the first to integrate site information about DoD installations, training ranges, and land assets in a format which can be immediately put to work in commercial geospatial information systems.

Homeland Security/Homeland Defense, law enforcement, and readiness planners will benefit from immediate access to DoD site location data during emergencies. Land use planning and renewable energy planning will also benefit from use of this data.

NOTE: The point and boundary location datasets are intended for planning purposes only, and do not represent the legal or surveyed land parcel boundaries.

Please examine the release notes to determine if this dataset is suitable for your needs.

Downolad Geospatial Information for U.S. Military Installations, Ranges, and Training Areas (downloadable zipped shapefile 6.5 MB)