Geographic information system of the Bundeswehr

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Geoinformation system of the Bundeswehr ( GeoInfoWBw ) comprises all geosciences and associated peripheral areas that are necessary for the fulfillment of the mandate of the Bundeswehr and the Federal Ministry of Defense (BMVg). In total, at least 18  scientific areas relevant to defense geology are represented , from biology and ecology to geoinformatics , geodesy , geography and geology to meteorology and oceanography . The central facility for geographic information is the Bundeswehr Geographic Information Center (ZGeoBw) in Euskirchen .

GeoInfo support

The GeoInfo support enables the armed forces to include geological factors in the planning and decision processes to detect use relevant environmental factors and evaluate for their own actions to position itself exactly to navigate and to work accurately at targets.

Geoinformation service of the Bundeswehr

Geoinformation Service of the Bundeswehr
- GeoInfoDstBw -

Lineup March 2003
Country GermanyGermany Germany
Armed forces Logo Bundeswehr armed forces
Organizational area Logo Bundeswehr Force Base
Strength 1,800 people (including 800 soldiers)

The Geoinformation Service of the Federal Armed Forces ( GeoInfoDBw ) is a joint armed forces service , which is responsible for the processing of geographic information matters in the Federal Armed Forces in the division of the Federal Ministry of Defense. He ensures the GeoInfo support with his forces and is led by the head of the geographic information service of the Bundeswehr (LtrGeoInfoDBw). The commander of the ZGeoBw performs this task. All soldiers of the specialist service are subordinate to the leader . The GeoInfoDBw is responsible for the further development of the Bundeswehr's geographic information system, the specialist service and GeoInfo support, and carries out basic and applied research work. Has its own careers .

At over 80 locations GeoInfo forces in selected units and agencies of the armed services army , air force and navy , the military organizational areas Streitkräftebasis and cyber and information space , in the civilian area of organization equipment, information technology and usage , as well as in NATO represented -Hauptquartieren. They exclusively perform tasks in direct GeoInfo advice and technical support on site, especially in weather and aviation weather advice.

With the new ability to provide the armed forces with holistic geo-services with little delay, the GeoInfoDBw makes a significant contribution to successful and resource-saving use, to the protection of life and limb of one's own forces and to the limitation of collateral damage .

The use of modern weapon systems such as B. the cruise missile Taurus can no longer take place without the provision of precise and current geographic information or at least can not develop its full effect.


The GeoInfoDBw was formed from mid-2002 through the merger of the Geophysical Advisory Service of the German Armed Forces (GeophysBDBw), to which the Office for Defense Geophysics belonged, with the Military Geographical Service (MilGeoDst) with its shares Office for Military Geosystems and Topography Troops . The first department to use the new name "GeoInfo" as of July 1, 2002, was the Geoinformation Department in the Air Force Office .


  • BMVg (Hrsg.): Central Service Regulation A-1200/11 - Use of GeoInfo data in the division of the Federal Ministry of Defense .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Information brochure The Armed Forces Base
  2. special card locations geographic information service of Bw. (PDF): October 1, 2014, accessed October 31, 2019 .