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Imagery Exploitation Support System (IESS)

Primary Purpose Imagery Exploitation Support System (IESS) is the

follow-on to the Computer-Aided Tactical

Information System (CATIS). IESS is a Compaq

Alpha and SUN Solaris hosted system that provides

automated support for the imagery exploitation

cycle, which includes, management of exploitation

and reporting requirements, imagery selection

and dissemination, production of Imagery

Interpretation Reports (IIRs), packaging and

distribution of IIRs within timelines consistent

with mission requirements, database management,

and research capabilities. IESS is single- or

multi-hosted with shared database access; it

monitors and validates input from external

sources, such as the Requirements Management

System (RMS), NIMA Library (NL), and associated

NIMA Imagery Exploitation System (NEIS, formally

IRP) the Dissemination Element (DE), the Imagery

Product Library (IPL) the Communications Support

Processor (CSP), and the Modernized Integrated

Database (MIDB).

Sub-Functions Enhanced Analyst Client (EAC) provides browser

based interface into IESS functionality. The

purpose of the EAC is to provide the imagery

analyst a single interface to support imagery

exploitation, including the ability to collect

and review all exploitation support data and to

provide a means to deliver imagery to the analyst

when the analyst needs it. IESS also provides

the Standalone Product Generator (SPG) which

allows the community to process MIDB 2.x data.

Previously IESS was unable to ingest the MIDB 2.x

data because of some format changes. SPG

converts the data from 2.x format into a more

useable format for IESS. Also included in IESS a

capability known as Graphical Support Data -

Data Store (GSD-DS) which will allow units to

ingest and store Graphical Representations or

Reports (Graphreps). Graphreps are graphical

representations of the IIR which will be

transmitted directly to ground commanders in the

field. GSD-DS provides a storage capability for

retrieval of historical reports and information.

Equipment Requirements IESS is hosted on either Sun based hardware

running Solaris OS (up to 2.8 at this time) and

Compaq hardware suites running Tru64 (Digital


Connectivity Requirements IESS can connect to any variety of networks

through additional routers and or switches that

can be identified for an individual site. IESS

requires connectivity to its interfaces usually

by 10/100 Base T Ethernet or OC3/OC12 ATM


Crypto Requirements None specifically. If connected to other

national systems some Crypto may be required if

connections leave approved SCIF facilities.

Normal Locations IESS is present at MCISU, Naval ships, aviation

squadrons, supporting shore locations and

research and school facilities.

Information Managed IESS manages all imagery intelligence data.

Products Created IESS primary product is the Initial (IPIR) and

Supplemental (SUPIR) Imagery Interpretation

Reports (IIR). These are provided in accordance

with the Exploitation and Reporting Structure

(EARS) document. These products are distributed

via CSP and other message delivery systems to

recipients in the field.

Lead Service/Contractor NIMA Program Office. IESS and EAC are developed

under contract for the AFRL by General Dynamics,

Thousand Oaks, CA.

Current Fielding Status

Known Problems None noted.

DIICOE Compliance Rating Currently not rated, but working towards level 5.

Point of Contact Office POC Mr. Ken Pischel, 703 755-5585,, the Air Force Research

Laboratory (AFRL) POC is Ms. Linda Lehman, 315

330-4170, or Mr. John

Wickman 315-330-7499

Updated by Capt M. G. McCarthy, Jr., USMC, CCSC-01



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