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A DOD GLOSSARY OF
MAPPING, CHARTING AND GEODETIC TERMS

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FOREWORD

This glossary has been prepared under the direction of the Defense Intelligence Agency to satisfy the need for effective communication and mutual understanding of the terminology used in mapping, charting, and geodesy. Effective communication and mutual understanding are achieved through the consistent use of agreed meanings for given terms and by avoiding the use of several different terms when the same definition is intended. It is intended that this glossary will become the standard reference authority on mapping, charting, and geodetic terminology throughout the Department of Defense and will provide the basis for commonality of language and usage. This volume does not serve as a substitute for the Dictionary of United States Military Terms for Joint Usage (JCS Pub. 1) which the Joint Chiefs of Staff have directed to be used for joint Service Standardized military terminology.

To improve future editions of this publication, users are encouraged to submit to the Defense Intelligence Agency, Attn: DIAMC, comments, suggestions, and pertinent material for additions, changes, and deletions.

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ROBERT E. HERNDON, JR.
Colonel, USAF
Assistant Director, DIA, for

Mapping, Charting and Geodesy

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