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Summary of No. 1/2010

MARŠA, Jan. Direct geospatial support and operation of Czech Geographic Service members in foreign missions and international structures. Vojenský geografický obzor. 2010, No. 1, p. 4–10.

The paper briefly describes principles and organization of geospatial support. The main attention is paid to support of exercises, NRF and military contingents fulf illed their tasks in peaceful operations. Business of personnel in military missions and NATO/EU international structures is mentioned as well.

CÍREK, Jan. Direct hydrometeorological support and deployment of Hydrometeorological Service of Czech Army profesisonals in the foreign NATO operations and in the structures of international staffs. Vojenský geografický obzor. 2010, No. 1, p. 11–23.

Hydrometeorological Service of the Czech Army provides direct hydrometeorological support for the commanders and the units not limited to the Czech Army only but for the NATO operations as well to succesfully conduct operational tasks in the foreign operations. Warrant officers and officers of the Hydrometeorological Service of the Czech Army sucesfully perform tasks not only in the NATO operations KFOR, ISAF but also in the NRF. Most of the tasks are linked to the air meteorological support on the positions of meteorological observers and forecasters. During the fulf ilment of the tasks related to the positions of the senior staff meteorological officers at the staff level within the NATO structures tasks beyond the complex hydrometeorological support of the particular NATO operations are often performed – the staff METOC off icer acts as an environment advisor. Since 2005, except the task linked to the NATO crisis establishment, Hydrometeorological Service of the Czech Army has commenced engagement of MET personnel in the NATO peacetime structure as well.

MARŠA, Jan. Tasks of SHAPE’s Geospatial Support Section. Vojenský geografický obzor. 2010, No. 1, p. 24–29.

The paper deals with range of tasks fulf illed by Geospatial Support Section, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), Mons, Belgium. One of the main section’s responsibilities is Geospatial Data Management, Data Distribution (in line with releasability conditions) and overall coordination of geo cells within subordinate HQ´s. Moreover, section cooperates in the f ield of research and development, namely Core GIS project, and Geospatial Standardization as well. Direct Geospatial Support was shortly mentioned as well as variety smaller assignments.

MATULA, Jan. Geographic support of the MNC ME Headquarters. Vojenský geografický obzor. 2010, No. 1, p. 30–34.

HQ MNC NE is a headquarters of low readiness which is stationed in Szczecin in Poland. The article gives the basic information on GEOMET branch within this headquarters. The provision of geospatial information support is a core task for GEOMET branch. You can learn what technical and software equipment is used to fulf ill that core task. Moreover, the personal author’s impressions and experience from one-year service at HQ MNC NE are mentioned.

JILEK, Petr; BURIANOVÁ, Markéta. PRT Logar geographic support. Vojenský geografický obzor. 2010, No. 1, p. 35–40.

The paper describes the deployment of military geographers on mobile geospatial support unit (SOUMOP) within PRT Logar. There

is a brief description of products of direct geographic support and geodatabase structure.

WILDMANN, Radek. Collection of geographical information in a terrain from territory of Kosovo. Vojenský geografický obzor. 2010, No. 1, p. 41–43.

Ike305 is a fully-integrated multifunction handheld device used for taking photos, coordinates and attribute information of measured object. This device combines a GPS, laser rangef inder and digital camera providing a new possibility in geospatial data acquisition particularly in situations that would be impossible with traditional GPS and GIS methods. The objects can be easily and rapidly positioned from a safe distance.

REIMANN, Luboš. Eight years below flag of NATO. Vojenský geografický obzor. 2010, No. 1, p. 44–45.

The paper summarizes eight years of work for NATO at SHAPE with a focus to specif ic changes in the area of Geographic Information Systems during 2002–2010.

DOLEŽALOVÁ, Zdeňka. The Czech geographic off icer participating on the international exercise ARRCADE GLOBE 2009. Vojenský geografický obzor. 2010, No. 1, p. 45–49.

The article informs about the geographic support of the forming ARRC CBRN Def Bde HQ and about the international exercise ARRCADE GLOBE 2009, in which the author participated. It also provides essential information about Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) and about the structure of its geographic service. In the section, dedicated to the experiences from the exercise, the autor directs an attention on the basic question concerning the choice of the most appropriate equipment for mobile geographic support team.

KOVAŘÍK, Vladimír; PETERA, Vladimír. Evolution of a geographic support in the European Union Military Staff. Vojenský geografický obzor. 2010, No. 1, p. 49–51.

The article deals with the changes in manning, customer structure, working environment and major products of the geographic cell within the European Union Military Staff in Brussels from the perspective of recent years.

HOTOVCOVÁ, Gabriela. Experience of a geobase manager of the J2 section HQ KFOR. Vojenský geografický obzor. 2010, No. 1, p. 51–53.

The article summarizes personal observations and professional experience as a geobase manager of the J2 section HQ KFOR 2007/2008. It describes the training and entry of the newcomer into the international environment of the base F ilm City along with variations in the equipment of department, the differences in working practices and some of the inevitable pitfalls of services abroad.