Joint Mapping Tool Kit (JMTK)
The Joint Mapping Toolkit (JMTK) is National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) support software for Mapping, Charting, Geodesy and Imagery (MCG&I) in the Global Command and Control System (GCCS). Though the current and most important goal in NIMA's JMTK program Strategy is a JMTK to which all GCCS systems and users can migrate, a vital objective is subsequent enhancement to JMTK to satisfy emerging requirements. Emerging requirements have been submitted or are anticipated from the Department of Defense Intelligence Information Systems (DODIIS), the Intelligence Community, Mission Planning, Navigation, DII/COE and more.
The ultimate goal for JMTK is to move toward an Objective Architecture that is portable, scaleable and can replace Army's TEM, Air Force's Common Mapping Toolkit, Navy's Chart and the National Security Agency's Oilstock outside GCCS. Another important concept in added enhancements is to be able to link the JMTK to commercial solutions. JMTK provides the basic capability to import and visualize user data over map and image backgrounds, embedded within user mission applications, making the results interoperable. Commercial solutions can provide more robust GIS analysis, image manipulation and terrain visualization. Linked to JMTK, the results of these analyses remain interoperable when shared with other users and mission applications.
The Defense Information Infrastructure/Common Operating Environment (DII/COE) version 3.1 added capabilities to JMTK, specifically aimed at better supporting Army GCCS systems and users. The JMTK functions added in v. 3.1 included Symbol Generation (using MIL-STD 2525 symbols and software developed by the Army Space Program Office), a new Draw Module, Analysis and Spatial Database Management (SDBM) capabilities, LAN Awareness, NIMA Client (a desktop JMTK demo) and Product Selection Flexibility.
Remaining unsatisfied Analysis and SDBM requirements and enhanced visibility into the Application Program Interfaces (API's) were provided by DII/COE v. 3.1.1, released in July 1997. The only area of critical Army functions still missing after v. 3.1 and v. 3.1.1 are delivered is an enhancement to image capabilities. Improvements to JMTK to better support Army GCCS customer needs were achieved through several joint technical meetings between Army's GCCS and JMTK representatives, Army contractors, and the NIMA GCCS Project Office. The meetings in September and October 1996 focused on Overlay Management, Spatial Database Management and API Visibility and Development. NIMA has made providing Army's "critical missing capabilities" their top priority, which will culminate in the DII/COE v. 3.1 and v. 3.1.1 deliveries. The added capabilities should allow Army programmers to migrate compliant software from the Terrain Evaluation Module (TEM) to JMTK without losing vital functions.
COE version 3.2 was officially released in October 1997. DISA is considering dropping several (primarily security-related) products from the DII COE 3.3 baseline.
The JMTK provides the following functions:
- Event Management
- Terrain Analysis
- Image Analysis
- Threat Envelopes
- Analytical Tools
c.Spatial Database and Tool Kit
- Database: Raster, Vector, Text, Imagery
- Tool Kit: Datum Conversion, Coordinate Conversions, Data Optimization
JMTK can be utilized in any context which requires visual graphics, non-visual analysis tools, and a spatial database.
This product has been accepted as part of the GCCS suite of products. This means that the experts from the GCCS Executive Agent have created and evaluated the quality and applicability of this product for use within the GCCS domain for the Department of Defense.
JMTK operates with the following configuration and memory requirements: