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Global Reconnaissance Information System (GRIS)

Global Reconnaissance Information System (GRIS) exchanges information via AUTODIN using RECON 1/2/3/4 format. All the major reconnaissance activities use the GRIS component of the Global Command and Control System. GRIS supports the planning and scheduling of monthly sensitive reconnaissance operations (SRO) theater requests. The Joint Staff staffs these requests through the office of the Secretary of Defense, Central Intelligence Agency, and State Department for National Security Council approval. Incoming RECON 1/2/3/4 formatted messages are received by an automated message handling system, validated, and passed to the GRIS application for automated processing and database update. GRIS generates all RECON messages and also monitors the monthly execution of theater reconnaissance missions approved in the previous month. GRIS is used by the Joint Staff and theater commands exercising operational control (OPCON) over airborne reconnaissance assets.

GRIS provides automated support in planning, scheduling reporting, and monitoring reconnaissance activities under the Sensitive Reconnaissance Operations (SRO) program. GRIS maintains a near real-time status of all SRO missions and provides immediate on-line retrieval of mission, track, and message data. To accomplish this, GRIS provides automated real-time capture and processing of Reconnaissance Information Processing System (RIPS) format messages, and maintains a mission and track database containing schedule and resultant information. GRIS is used to generate and release the outgoing SRO messages to the Automated Digital Network (AUTODIN) and provides on-line query and report capabilities detailing message, mission status, and scheduling information. It is used to maintain current Track Dictionary data and to generate the master copy of each new dictionary or set of change pages.

This system is intended to be used by the Joint Reconnaissance Centers at the following sites

  • JCS/ JRC Washington D. C.
  • U. S. Atlantic Command (ACOM)
  • U. S. Central Command (CENTCOM)
  • U. S. European Command (EUCOM)
  • U. S. Pacific Command (PACOM)
  • U. S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)

Other sites/ organizations must receive permission from their command's JRC representative to have access to GRIS.



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