Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE)
Geospatial Concept of Operations (GeoCONOPS)

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The Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE) Geospatial Concept of Operations (GeoCONOPS) program is intended to describe, and improve the coordination of geospatial activities across the entire spectrum of the Nation: from federal, to state, and local governments, to private sector and community organizations, academia, the research and development industry and citizens to improve National Preparedness.
The mission of HSE GeoCONOPS is to describe how the geospatial community supports National Preparedness. This encompasses the entire Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE), to include all Federal, State, and Local partners providing geospatial support to Homeland Security and Homeland Defense missions.
  • The goal of the HSE GeoCONOPS is to the answer the following questions in order to help understand how the geospatial community supports National Preparedness:
    1. Who are the geospatial stakeholders supporting national preparedness missions?
    2. What geospatial capabilities, products, or data/information do these stakeholders provide?
    3. How do these geospatial activities relate or interact with each other?
  • The vision of the HSE GeoCONOPS is to improve National Preparedness through more effective coordination of geospatial activities across the entire spectrum of the Nation. Specifically, the HSE GeoCONOPS…
  • Reduces duplication of effort
  • Improves communication between federal, state, and local entities providing geospatial support
  • Ensures derived geospatial information reaches front-line mission owners
  • Describes geospatial technologies that are proven to address mission requirements
This document has been developed for the entire geospatial community within the Homeland Security Enterprise that supports the missions of the federal government under The Stafford Act, the National Response Framework (NRF) and Presidential Policy Directives (PPD-8), and (PPD-21). This includes stakeholders and actors representing the Emergency Support Functions (ESFs), the Joint Field Offices (JFO), Federal Operations Centers, the disaster preparedness exercise and evaluation community, and those involved in other National Response Framework (NRF) missions. Individuals representing these groups and activities have been extensively engaged in providing input for this document.
  • Presidential Policy Directives (PPD)
    • PPD 8 - National Preparedness Goal
    • PPD 21 - Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience
  • National Incident Management Systems (NIMS)
  • Incident Command System (ICS)
  • National Response Framework (NRF) and Emergency Support Function (ESF)
  • National Planning Frameworks
    • Federal Interagency Operational Plan (Response)
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Geospatial Management Office (GMO), under the Office of the Chief Information Officer, oversees the execution of the HSE GeoCONOPS program.
The Geospatial Interagency Oversight Team (GIOT) was established to oversee and guide the development of the HSE GeoCONOPS Program. The GIOT is comprised of representatives of the Departments, Agencies, organizations, and offices across all levels of government providing geospatial support to Homeland Security and Homeland Defense missions. The GIOT convenes annually to review the state of the program, identify gaps, and determine areas for maintenance. The GIOT has representatives from the following Governmental departments, agencies, organizations:
  • Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Department of Commerce (DOC)
  • Department of Defense (DoD)
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
  • Department of Interior (DOI)
  • Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • Department of State (DOS)
  • Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
  • Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Veterans Administration (VA)
  • State and Local Fusions Centers
  • Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)
Additionally, Non-Government Organizations that play a critical role in National Preparedness. The following collaborating partners are also members of the GIOT:
  • American Red Cross (ARC)
  • Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
  • National Alliance for Public Safety Geospatial Information System (NAPSG)
  • National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC)
  • U.S. Geospatial-Intelligence Foundation (USGIF)
In its earlier book form, HSE GeoCONOPS was organized to reflect the pragmatic use by geospatial experts as a reference volume. Following its migration to the web, and leveraging the flexibility inherent in web based content management systems (CMS), more options for organization are now available. In a CMS, all information is stored as a discrete content element with specific tags and keywords allowing it to be accessed from many different vantage points on the web page. This structure allows the GeoCONOPS readers to sort and retrieve the content according to their specific interests. The home page web page has a base assumption that the user wants to do one of three things; learn about the HSE GeoCONOPS, explore the content or find a specific document or data source. The following is a summary of this structure:
  • GeoCONOPS Quick-Start and Introductory Video
    • GeoCONOPS Q&A – High level information about the program.
    • Direct Link to Content Relevant to Presidential Policy Directive 8 Mission Areas.
    • Introductory Video
  • Explore Options
    • Learn – Educational resources and high level information products
    • Manage – Access to information to help develop and maintain a geospatial capacity with the HSE
    • Operate - Guidance on the use of geospatial tool during operations and exercises
    • Plan – Content that supports planning and preparedness for the future use of geospatial tools.
  • Targeted Search Options
    • Data Search – Search and discovery a wide range of geospatial information selected especially for the HSE mission areas.
    • Full content search – Find anything in the HSE GeoCONOPS through tags and text searches.
The primary stakeholder of the GeoCONOPS are the Departments, Agencies, organizations, and offices across all levels of government providing geospatial support to Homeland Security and Homeland Defense missions. The organizations benefit from improved situational awareness, more unified effort and better stewardship of the taxpayer’s dollars. Secondary stakeholder groups include civil society organizations and communities throughout the United States who will be better informed and served by the primary stakeholders.