PR – AGI is pleased to announce that Stuart Haynes, Director of the Defence Geographic Centre, will be a keynote speaker at AGI GeoCommunity ’08.
Stuart Haynes joined the MOD Mapping and Charting Establishment RE (MCE RE) in 1974. During his career he has worked in most areas of the Defence Geographic business and has had an overseas tour in Germany. He attended the Joint Service Defence College in 1994. Appointed to the Board of the Defence Geographic and Imagery Intelligence Agency as Director International in 2000, he subsequently became Director DGC in 2003. He is also Head of Profession for the Geospatial Analysts within the MoD.
‘We are very pleased and priviledged that Stuart will be joining our distinguished group of five keynote speakers from the public and private sector’, said Chris Holcroft, Director AGI. ‘DGC is a global centre of excellence for defence geospatial activity whose resources not only assist UK operations but those of its allies.’
The primary role of the DGC is to provide geographic information for UK Defence planning, operations and training. This can be satisfied by material collected on a global basis or produced in house. Demand for conventional paper maps and charts continues alongside a significant growth in the demand for digital data to support weapons platforms, systems, navigation and C4I (Command, Control, Communication, Computation & Information). DGC data now forms a key component of most modern weapon systems and is a key enabler for their efficient use. DGC is a largely civilian organisation headed by a Director from the Civil Service. Of the 530 personnel, 14 are military, providing the ‘intelligent customer’ interface with Defence requirements and a 24/7 map supply service.