Office of the Secretary of Defense

The Defense Installations Spatial Data Infrastructure Program (DISDI)

Introduction & Background

DISDI Logo The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations, and Environment created the Defense Installations Spatial Data Infrastructure (DISDI) program in 2005. The two main functions of the DISDI Program are to map installations & environment mission areas, and to provide policy, guidance, and oversight of the installation geospatial support programs in each of the DoD Components. This requirement was formally defined on 11 April, 2015 with the issuance of DoD Instruction 8130.01, Installation Geospatial Information and Services (IGI&S). While the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency focuses on serving the warfighter and intelligence domains, the DISDI program serves as a necessary centralized resource for coordinating and leveraging geospatial information across the business domain using IGI&S. By normalizing and rationalizing the combined data provided from the DoD Components, DISDI data and services provide the only authoritative map view of the entire DoD installations portfolio.



The current SDSFIE-V 4.0 Gold model serves as the data standard of the DISDI Program itself (in the form of the Common Installation Picture (CIP)), and a number of other requirements within the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) such as the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program, the DoD Explosive Safety Board (DDESB), the Sustainable Ranges Initiative (SRI), and the Defense Critical Infrastructure Program (DCIP). Each of these OSD missions have unique geospatial data requirements that serve all DoD Components. For individuals who are interested in testing the SDSFIE-V 4.0 Gold model, it can be viewed and downloaded using the Browse/Generate workflow on SDSFIE Online.

Plans for Updates

N/A since we’re directing users to 4.0.

Approach to Other SDSFIE Parts


The DISDI Program is responsible for publishing metadata guidance and implementation tools for use by all the DoD Components. OSD users should follow the SDSFIE-M 2.0 Conceptual Schema for metadata population. The DISDI Program uses the SDSFIE-M Metadata Style for ArcGIS to ensure completeness of required SDSFIE-M metadata elements. Refer to the Metadata section of the Standards tab on to access tools, standards documentation and additional information.


The DISDI Program is responsible for publishing quality guidance (SDSFIE-Q), including Data Content Specifications (DCSs). DISDI is implementing SDSFIE-Q requirements in its data sets as resources allow, and is working with the DoD Components on setting a formal implementation timeline in the months ahead. Refer to the Quality section of the Standards tab on for more standards documentation and additional information.

For More Information

For additional information, you may contact the DISDI Program help desk at the following email address: . If you are an authorized DoD user, you may also visit the DISDI Portal for information about the DISDI Program. The DISDI Portal is a comprehensive, access-controlled, online viewer, catalog and access portal for the authoritative geospatial datasets pertaining to defense Energy, Installations and Environment (EI&E) missions worldwide.

Supporting Documentation/Information

Please refer to the Standards tab on for OSD policy, guidance and standards documents.