Missiles are a ubiquitous and persistent threat in modern war zones.
They can inflict massive damage and causalities without warning. In this lesson, and on your first field-training exercise, you're an intelligence soldier producing actionable intelligence - information enabling a commander to attack insurgents before they can again strike coalition forces on Forward Operating Base FOB Rookie, where you're stationed. You'll use working aids and historical data to predict insurgent intentions.
This lesson uses conventional language so civilians with no military experience can complete it in an unclassified setting. In this lesson, you'll create a project and tailor it to the needs of your mission. You'll also define the map's display units, coordinate system, and extent. Lastly, you'll add a feature to the map to represent FOB Rookie.
Before you can make a map, you must first create a project. A project contains maps, databases, toolboxes, styles, and other folders that may be useful when making your map. If you've created a project before, you'll see a list of recent projects. By default, a new project is saved to the ArcGIS folder, located in the user documents location on your computer's C drive. To save the project elsewhere, browse to a different location.
As Green network launch locations appear, note that its launch teams typically fire in clusters—a behavioral trait that suggests future launch locations once the initial firing point is revealed. Next, you'll create a feature that represents FOB Rookie. However, many people think [ Load More View All Evaluate. PowerPoint is one method for communicating intelligence information quickly.
The project opens and displays a default map view. The map extent is currently at its default.
You'll set the extent to FOB Rookie, the location of your field training exercise. The Locate pane appears. This pane helps you quickly find a location, whether it's an alphanumeric string or a place-name. This alphanumeric string is the digit MGRS coordinate for your military base. If your map doesn't zoom to that location, that means that you've changed the focus of your map.
If necessary, click outside the Locate pane, and then click inside the text box and press Enter again. You're zoomed too close to the ground to encompass the area of the field training exercise. You need a smaller-scale map to see more of the local area. Your field training exercise is actually on the former U.
Army base of Fort Ord. Now that you know the location of your field training exercise, you'll create a custom map extent, which allows you to quickly return to your initial view after panning and zooming a map. Next, you'll change the map display units, which are the real-world coordinate values that correspond with the pointer's location on the map, to match military standards. You'll also change the coordinate system to one appropriate for your scale and area. One of the properties that can be changed is the display units, which by default are decimal degrees.
MGRS is a grid-based system for representing locations that was devised by the U. Army to minimize the confusion of long numeric coordinates.
It replaces some of those numerals with letters. Next, you'll change the coordinate system to also match military standards. Since there are many UTM projections for different zones of the earth, it's important to pick the right one.
The list of available coordinate systems is now filtered to show only those that overlap with your map's extent. Later in the lesson, you will make some distance measurements, so it's important to use a projected coordinate system that minimized distortions for your area. The Current XY box updates with the new coordinate system. There is only one coordinate system inside the WGS subfolder because none of the others satisfy the spatial filter you set earlier.
The appearance of your map changes to reflect the UTM Zone 10N projected coordinate system, but not dramatically. The display units at the bottom of the map view change from decimal degrees to MGRS. The next two letters reference , grid squares within the GZD, and the final 10 digits specify one square millimeter. More digits mean more specific locations. Next, you'll create a feature that represents FOB Rookie. First, you must create a point layer that you can edit.
The Geoprocessing pane appears. The Create Feature Class tool opens. The first parameter, Feature Class Location , is already filled. When you created your project, the software automatically created a corresponding geodatabase to store your project's data. The coordinate system automatically changes to match the coordinate system of the map. An empty feature class is created, and a corresponding point layer, FOBRookie, is added to the Contents pane. You'll take a look at where the feature class is stored in your project's files so you can access it in the future.
The FOB Rookie layer is also listed in the Contents pane, but it doesn't appear on the map because it doesn't contain any features yet. You'll edit the layer to create a point feature that represents FOB Rookie.
Your new point feature is added to the map as a small dot near the label for Fort Ord National Monument. Next, you'll change its symbol.
Note: The color of your default point symbol may vary. The Symbology pane appears.
This pane has a gallery of default symbols you can use. The Military Base icon replaces the generic point symbol in the Contents pane and on the map. Your map is now ready for your first field exercise combating the Monterey Liberation Front. In this section, you started a project and modified the default map to prepare for your first field training exercise. Next, you'll download your field training exercise data to better understand the hit-and-run attack patterns of the insurgents.
You'll also download a working aid that explains insurgent activity in the FOB Rookie area. While working on your first field training exercise, an intelligence officer tells you to download an Excel spreadsheet and plot its location data. Your mission is to analyze the data to help counter an enemy whose attacks have caused significant damage to FOB Rookie.
In these steps, you'll download the documents you'll need to complete this lesson. Depending on your browser, the spreadsheet may appear on your downloads bar, or you may be prompted to open or save the file.
The other two files are PDF files. You will have to open each document and then download them. Depending on your browser, the PDF documents might open directly in the browser. That view should include a download button.
The FOB Rookie Working Aid explains the spreadsheet and provides additional details needed to perform predictive analysis later in the lesson. You may want to review its contents before continuing. You may also want to print or keep this document open as a quick reference. The imported InsurgentActivity table is added to the Contents pane. Next, you'll open the table to see what data it contains.