Defense Installations Spatial Data Infrastructure (DISDI)
Location Analytics for Resilient Installations and Warfighter Readiness
Geographic information systems (GIS) and geospatial data have transformed how DoD operates and manages installations, ranges, and training areas, as well as, how it accounts for a vast real property portfolio
(PDF, 1.26MB). Better than any other current technology, GIS answers the fundamental question “What is where?”. For example, GIS is playing an important role in establishing the existence and completeness of assets in the Department’s real property inventory - a crucial aspect of the DoD Financial Improvement and Audit Remediation (FIAR) strategy.
What Does the DISDI Program Do?
The Defense Installations Spatial Data Infrastructure (DISDI) Program is responsible for coordinating, standardizing, and leveraging geospatial information and analytics across DoD's global business mission areas to better manage installations and the warfighter support infrastructure.
Through policy, guidance, standards and direct use of geospatial information in the Joint Information Environment (JIE), DISDI enables the sharing and interoperability of high-quality installation geospatial data across all levels of DoD to support the National Defense Strategy.
While the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
is broadly responsible for providing worldwide geospatial information and services (GI&S) to DoD’s warfighter and intelligence mission areas, the DISDI Program focuses on governing the use of GI&S on installations. DoD Instruction 8130.01
(PDF, 115KB), originally issued in 2015 and titled “Installation Geospatial Information and Services (IGI&S),” defines IGI&S as a sub-set of GI&S and establishes a set of governance procedures, standards, and policy goals for it. The DISDI Program plays a central role in implementing this policy.
DISDI supports warfighter readiness and installation resilience by:
- Ensuring the DoD Components’ installation geospatial data and systems are standardized, interoperable with warfighter and intelligence mission areas, meet high quality standards, are authoritative and are not duplicative.
- Coordinating business mission spatial data standards with warfighter and intelligence mission data standards through governance processes established by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), as required by DoD policy.
- Providing authoritative installation data, mapping, and location-based decision analytics across DoD, specifically to Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) offices, Joint Staff, and Combatant Command staffs. DISDI also provides data and technical liaison to other federal agencies for a variety of validated federal missions and requirements.
DISDI develops data standards, maps and geospatial analytics, implementation tools for GIS, helps develop Federal standards, and fosters DoD compliance with those standards:
- DISDI Portal
- The DISDI Portal is a comprehensive, access-controlled, online map viewer, catalog and gateway to the authoritative geospatial datasets pertaining to defense sustainment (i.e. energy, installations, environment and logistics) missions worldwide. This portal can be found at http://disdiportal.osd.mil.
- The DISDI Portal consists of several parts: the DISDI Atlas (map viewer), the DISDI Atlas Pro (a customizable map viewer with analytic tools), a library of maps and documents, links to IGI&S resources, and a data request function. The DISDI Atlas is a new, updated web map tailored for energy, installations, and environmental data viewing.
- Geospatial Analytics & Map Production
- The DISDI Program has the capability to provide geospatial analysis and maps pertaining to DoD installations and routinely supports requests for such services from all parts of OSD.
- Data and maps produced by DISDI are supporting twenty different systems at the top levels of the Department, providing them with authoritative and trusted DoD infrastructure location layers.
- Geospatial Data
- The most important data offerings of the DISDI portfolio are the Common Installation Picture (CIP) and the Military Installations, Ranges and Training Areas (MIRTA) datasets. The CIP consists of the installation geospatial data layers which are (a) required by DoD policy, (b) useful for enterprise-level decision making, and (c) when aggregated won’t result in a classified data set.
- In accordance with policy, the intent of the CIP dataset is to provide a foundational map of installations, including key real property assets. DISDI acquires its CIP data from the DoD Components annually and compiles it for distribution each summer. To the maximum extent allowed by law or DoD policy, all datasets and imagery are made available to authorized personnel via the DISDI Portal and to the public on www.Data.gov.
- Geospatial Information for U.S. Military Installations, Ranges, and Training Areas (2020)
- The MIRTA dataset is a publicly-releasable GIS dataset depicting the locations of major installations, ranges and training areas in the United States and its territories (see link below).
- 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 (PDF, 155KB) to determine if this dataset is suitable for your needs.
- Download Geospatial Information for U.S. Military Installations, Ranges, and Training Areas (ZIP, 8.02MB)
- This data is also discoverable on Data.gov, and can be viewed in a browser here. Once in the map viewer, open the Layers folders on the left side table of contents. The data is under "National Admin/Military Boundaries/Defense Site Locations" in the table of contents; select “Defense Site Locations” to see the installations.
- Map of U.S. Military Installations, Ranges, and Training Areas (PDF, 4.18MB). The DISDI Program maintains a national scale map of the United States and Territories depicting major installations, ranges, and training areas.
- IGI&S Governance
- On behalf of OASD (Sustainment), the DISDI Program leads an inter-departmental governance group for IGI&S. This group serves as a consensus data standards body, establishes guidelines for interoperability and quality of IGI&S, and ensures that existing and planned geospatial investments support the National Defense Strategy, as well as, installation management mission requirements.
- Federal Geospatial Compliance: DISDI represents the DoD business community as a voting member of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Coordination Group, several of its sub-committees and the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) - a federally mandated program seeking to integrate spatial data from multiple sources including federal, state, local, and tribal governments; academia; and the private sector.
- Defense Geospatial Compliance: The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is the Department's geospatial functional manager. As outlined in DoDI 8130.01, NGA relies on DISDI to govern the IGI&S community in compliance with the policies and guidelines established by NGA. Specific goals include harmonization of data standards and information architecture in order to foster seamless information sharing across the JIE.
- Spatial Data Standards for Facilities, Infrastructure, and Environment (SDSFIE)
- DISDI works collaboratively with the DoD Components to standardize IGI&S data and processes wherever it makes sense. For that purpose, DoDI 8130.01 established DISDI’s responsibility to “develop, manage, and publish IGI&S standards.” Today, DISDI leads the Department’s effort to mature and fully implement a family of IGI&S standards known as the Spatial Data Standards for Facilities, Infrastructure, and Environment (SDSFIE); utilizing technical support from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Army Geospatial Center (AGC).
For more information on DISDI, check the following documents: