–ESRI, the world leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, today announced the availability of ArcGIS Military Analyst, an extension to ArcGIS that incorporates a suite of tools tailored to meet the special needs of the defense user.The new extension significantly enhances the effectiveness of core ArcGIS as a tool set foundation for the military planner and intelligence analyst. ‘By providing easier access and usability for military raster, vector, and elevation data, ArcGIS Military Analyst allows the defense analyst to focus on data analysis rather than on managing data files,’ said Clark Swinehart, ArcGIS Military Analyst product manager, ESRI. ArcGIS Military Analyst maximizes the use of the standard suite of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) data products by allowing direct use and rendering of NIMA’s vector and raster products, line-of-sight (LOS) assessments, Military Grid Reference System (MGRS) conversion, and Digital Terrain Elevation Data (DTED) analysis.ArcGIS Military Analyst also includes the Military Overlay Editor (MOLE), which supports MIL-STD 2525B and custom war fighting symbologies. ArcGIS Military Analyst offers full customization using COM interfaces, on-the-fly projection of raster and vector data, and a suite of tools that include ArcGIS Military Analyst can be used with any of the data sources supported by ArcGIS Desktop products (ArcInfo, ArcEditor, and ArcView).ArcGIS Military Analyst tools can be accessed through Microsoft VBA, which is included with ArcGIS.Customized with any COM-compliant language, ArcGIS Military Analyst lets you build new applications that deliver highly sophisticated military solutions, especially when combined with the ArcGIS Spatial Analyst and ArcGIS 3D Analyst extensions. ArcGIS users who are current on their maintenance will receive ArcGIS Military Analyst for no additional charge.ArcGIS Military Analyst is available for Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, and Windows XP (Home Edition and Professional) operating systems.ArcGIS Military Analyst requires ArcInfo, ArcEditor, or ArcView.Users interested in full capabilities provided by the ArcGIS Military Analyst tools also need ArcGIS Spatial Analyst and ArcGIS 3D Analyst. For more information, please visit www.esri.com/militaryanalyst, contact your ESRI regional office, or call ESRI at 1-800-447-9778.Outside the United States, please contact your local ESRI distributor, see www.esri.com/international for a current distributor list. For more than 30 years, ESRI has been the leading developer of GIS software with more than 300,000 clients worldwide.ESRI software is used in all 200 of the largest cities in the United States and in more than 60 percent of counties and municipalities nationwide.Headquartered in California, ESRI has regional offices throughout the United States, international distributors in more than 90 countries, and more than 1,500 business partners.ESRI’s goal is to develop comprehensive tools that enable users to efficiently manage, use, and serve geographic information to make a difference in the world around them.ESRI also provides consulting, implementation, and technical support services.ESRI can be found on the Web at www.esri.com. ESRI, the ESRI globe logo, GIS by ESRI, ArcGIS, ArcInfo, ArcEditor, ArcView, MOLE, 3D Analyst, www.esri.com, and @esri.com are trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks of ESRI in the United States, the European Community, or certain other jurisdictions.Other companies and products mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective trademark owners. Source.