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Navy signs research pact with Esri to improve ‘battlespace awareness’

The Navy signed a three-year cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with geospatial software firm Esri Inc. to  jointly develop oceanography modeling applications and help improve the Navy’s “battlespace awareness.”

The three-year agreement by the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NAVMETOCCOM) will enable Esri personnel to “collaborate with Navy operational oceanography modeling experts at the Naval Oceanographic Office,” NAVMETOCCOM’s largest subsidiary office, the announcement said.

The agreement sets up a working relationship between Esri and NAVMETOCCOM, which has been an Esri software customer for more than a decade.

“This CRADA will be a key enabler for our mission and top priority – providing unmatched battlespace awareness and environmental information to the warfighters that yields better decisions made faster than the adversary,” said NAVMETOCCOM commander Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet.

The Esri software allows detailed geospatial data to be analyzed against time and geographic references. Spatial analytics and an enterprise collaboration capability help link Navy METOC resources with Navy commanders at sea.

This “marriage of analytics with METOC data help achieve the NAVMETOCCOM goal of battlespace on demand,” according to the Navy. “With it, operational Navy commanders can make faster decisions, better incorporating weather and ocean conditions directly into their operational plans.

The Navy said its oceanographers and Esri's defense solutions team will also cooperate to enhance Esri's commercial off-the-shelf systems and improve “geospatial reasoning” in the oceans in support of naval warfare. 

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