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Joint Service Imagery Processing System (JSIPS)

Primary Purpose The term JSIPS is utilized for programmatic

purposes only and the actual system has been

replaced by the national system known as the

National-Deployable Transit-cased System (N-DTS)

and the tactical system know as the Tactical

Exploitation Group. The purpose of these

systems/equipment is to receive, process or

decompress raw image data, provide a means for

exploitation and finally allow connection to

communication source for transmission of the

finished imagery product to the end user.

Sub-Functions These systems/equipment provide a user

environment to accomplish all phases of imagery

exploitation and creation of reports and

associated imagery products. There are three

types of report associated with both the N-DTS

and TEG. Although each system can utilize all

and/or any imagery report format, the primary

formats for the N-DTS is the Immediate Photo

Interpretation Report (IPIR) and the Supplemental

Photo Interpretation Report (SUPIR). The

Reconnaissance Exploitation Report (RECCEXREP) is

the primary report format utilized in TEG

operations and provides a quick format, which is

better suited to report time sensitivities and/or

perishable targets.

Equipment Requirements In garrison, the N-DTS at MCISU possesses it's

own organic communication equipment and is

connected to a national facility via a dedicated

terrestrial commercial, simplex, data line

operating at 1.544 mega bytes per-second (T-1).

There is also a dedicated 9.6 bytes per-second,

full duplex data line use to transmit text data

used to order imagery and receive conformation

data from the distant end. The MCISU possesses

no organic, deployable communications

transmission capability or electrical support

equipment. Therefore, the unit would require the

communication requirements listed above and

adequate power to support operations. The TEG in

garrison can operate in the same manner as the

N-DTS, connecting to and receiving/disseminating

raw or secondary imagery as necessary, utilizing

bandwidth authorized by the local commander. The

present design of the TEG facilitates the

processing of only the Advance Tactical Airborne

Reconnaissance System (ATARS) raw image data.

This data can be transmitted directly to the TEG

from the aircraft via the Tactical Interoperable

Ground Data Link (TIGDL) antenna or extracted

from the mission tape after the aircraft lands.

The TEG does not have organic communication

transmission equipment, which must be provided by

the supporting command. It does have an

auxiliary power source to support initial set-up

and emergency operations but long-term operations

will require connection to an external primary

power source.

Connectivity Requirements

Crypto Requirements The MCISU/N-DTS utilized two KIV-7HS's for low and medium rate data, and two KIV-19's for high rate image data transfer. The TEG has five KIV-7HS's organic to the system/suite of equipment.

Normal Locations

Information Managed Imagery (raw and processed).

Products Created The products created within the MCISU or TEG is

limited only by the imagination the personnel

assigned. Each system has the capability to

create all phases and types of reports, and a

multitude of imagery products. At the MCISU,

these products are disseminated via magnetic tape

(numerous sizes), compact disk, hardcopy and are

hosted on either an SCI or GENSER, Image Product

Library (IPL) or the Demand-Driven Direct

Digital Dissemination (5D) servers. All of these

servers are accessible via the MCISU home page

on both the JWICS or SIPRNET circuits.

The TEG possesses only the IPL and at present

hosts no imagery archive. However, this will

change with the solidifying of both garrison and

deployment concept of operations and the system

reaching full operation capability (FOC).

Lead Service/Contractor Previously the lead service on the

JSIPS/TEG/N-DTS was the Air Force with Marine

Corps representation from MARCORSYSCOM. With the

final delivery of the N-DTS and conditional

delivery of the TEG, MARCORSYSCOM decided to

accept all aspects associated with the operations

and maintenance of each system. The primary

contractor for these systems is Raytheon

(formerly E-Systems) and Lockheed Martin.

Current Fielding Status There is only one N-DTS in the Marine Corps and

it is located with the Marine Corps Imagery

Support Unit (MCISU) at Camp Pendleton,

California. There are three TEGs presently in

the USMC inventory, one with 1st Intelligence

Battalion at Camp Pendleton, one assigned to 2nd

Intelligence Battalion but located at Cherry

Point, and the final delivery during January

2001, to 3rd Intelligence Battalion, Okinawa,

Japan. There are no additional systems scheduled

for delivery. However, there is an effort

underway to develop a TEG-Expeditionary to

provide a smaller, lightweight exploitation

capability to the MEUs, MAWs and/or other

isolated imagery analysts as necessary.

Known Problems The primary problems of these systems and imagery

support in the Marine Corps as a whole are, 1)

communication bandwidth robust enough for

transmission of products to the lowest user, and

2) the user having the ability to clearly

articulate the required/desired outcome of their

imagery or intelligence requirements. All

organic system issues can be resolved primarily

with personnel and system management techniques.

DIICOE Compliance Rating The N-DTS and it's components have been certified

as compliant with Joint/DOD standards by the

Joint Interoperability Test Command, Fort

Huachuca, AZ, and certain components certified

for use by a national agency.

The TEG has not received the official

authorization from MARCORSYSCOM for fielding and

is undergoing evaluation and will be scheduled

for final compliance and acceptance testing this


Point of Contact N-DTS: Marine Corps Imagery Support Unit, Camp


Comm: 760-725-6023 or DSN: 365-6023

FAX: 760-725-6137 or DSN: 365-6137

TEG: 1st Intelligence Battalion

At the direction of the Bn Co, the CO MCISU

manages TEG operations. Numbers listed above are


TEG:2nd Intelligence Battalion

This TEG is located with the 2nd Force Imagery

Interpretation Unit (AKA Imagery Interpretation

Platoon) at Cherry Point.

DSN: 582-2516

TEG:3rd Intelligence Battalion

This TEG is operated by the Imagery

Interpretation Platoon co-located with the

battalion at Camp Hanson, Okinawa, Japan.

DSN: 315-623-4059

Updated by Captain Thomas Jarman, USMC, CCSC-01




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