Joint Reserve Intelligence Connectivity Program [JRICP]
As a result of the January 1995 SECDEF initiative to increase peacetime utilization of reserve intelligence personnel, JRICP was established to provide technical facilitation of reserve intelligence production at 28 sites nationwide. With over 1000 workstations dedicated to intelligence production, it supports nearly 4,000 intelligence analysts at 28 sites nationwide. In the short time of its existence, JRICP has become one of the largest DoDIIS entities worldwide, supporting an intelligence producer customer base larger than any single active command in the US military.
JWICS, the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System, is the means of access to SCI communications for JRICP remote sites. As of 1998 JRICP had 14 reserve T-1 JWICS nodes nationwide. The remaining sites have either a "backside" connection to a JWICS node or are located at active duty sites.
The types of production tasks being performed by reserve analysts at their drill sites include:
- IDB/MIDB Maintenance
- Expeditionary Support Packages
- Military Capabilities Studies
- Target System Analysis
- Targeting Graphics
- NEO Support
- Exercise support and participation
JRICP serves as the overall manager of reserve site production computer systems and executive agent for funding specifically identified for systems acquisition and support. Through our military, government civilian, and contract personnel, we provide the full spectrum of support for installed remote site systems. Virtually every aspect of hardware and software identification, acquisition, integration, installation, maintenance, upgrade, and lifecycle replacement is accomplished by the Program.
JRICP is made up of 34 military and contractor personnel. Other than the active duty Program Manager, all military personnel are drilling reservists on extended tours of active duty. Our Newlink Global Engineering contractors perform the bulk of the project's technical requirements ranging from hardware recommendations and site surveys to software integration and help desk operations. GTE contractors are located at some of the reserve sites and provide local-level systems support. Drilling reserve personnel at the 28 sites play an ever-increasing role in supporting their local systems. JRICP was developed as, and continues to be, a program by and for reservists.
In addition to the personnel listed above, JRICP has a very close working relationship with DIA DS. DS is the execution authority for all DIA-core funding for the program. Personnel at DS, including one TAR Commander and two contract personnel, also help keep the Program fully tied in with technical and political developments within the intelligence community.
In order to fulfill the responsibility of providing the technical feasibility for assigned reservists to perform remote intelligence production, JRICP has adopted several key tenants which drive the technical developmental and support process. These include: 1) installed technical base must support the production requirements; 2) commercially developed products will be used (when possible) for maximum capability at minimum cost; 3) maintenance support is performed at the lowest possible level, freeing JRICP engineers to work on the most critical issues; 4) strict adherence to intelligence community standards to ensure full interoperability with active duty customer commands.
JRICP provides "cradle to grave" technological support for remote site reserve intelligence production. The network has been developed for interoperability with the DoD Intelligence Community and supports all reserve production currently assigned by active duty gaining commands. It is intentionally generic in nature to support the varied production requirements from multiple commands at each site.
JRICP sites operate in a hybrid PC and UNIX environment. Approximately 80% of our 1200+ workstations are running Intel processors on Microsoft Windows NT operating system. The remaining 20% of the workstations are of the Sun Sparc family using the Sun or Solaris operating system for high-end computing requirements. This mix gives JRICP access to a wide variety of software applications, reduces analyst training requirements since many reservists are familiar with Windows at their homes or their civilian jobs, and provides the users the computing power necessary to accomplish assigned production. JRICP transitioned to Windows NT 4.0 during the late-Summer,/early-Fall 1998, which updated the desktop interface and enhance remote systems administration capabilities to the Program.
JRICP provided training is focused on supporting installed systems. The program's early efforts to make users knowledgeable through a Systems User Course, have been replaced by a "Train the Trainer" course to ensure each site has qualified trainers. Our future training plans include technical instruction to reserve computer technicians to give JRICP site personnel the knowledge and "certification" to perform some of their local site maintenance requirements. JRICP provided training is focused on supporting installed systems. The program's early efforts to make users knowledgeable through a Systems User Course, have been replaced by a "Train the Trainer" course to ensure each site has qualified trainers. Our future training plans include technical instruction to reserve computer technicians to give JRICP site personnel the knowledge and "certification" to perform some of their local site maintenance requirements.
Project scope varies by assignment from the supported commands ranging from collaborative efforts with gaining command analysts to full responsibility given to reserve analysts. Each production responsibility requires reserve analysts to successfully perform a variety of intelligence disciplines ranging from imagery interpretation to analytical writing to multi-source fusion analysis.
In an effort to leverage the technical capabilities of the reserve customer-base, JRICP has established a "Field Representatives Team" headed by a reserve officer from Denver. Among many expected benefits, the team will export some of the special skills and knowledge of successful reserve sites to those less proficient. The Team will also provide customer input to the JRICP Program Office for consideration in the decision making process and assist in many of the technical aspects of new equipment/software testing.
Program management of JRICP has been broken up into three distinct phases. The first phase focused on the internal processes of the Program Management Office. Keying on communications and interaction with customers is a critical element of this effort. The second phase, is the optimization of our installed site production capability. This includes the establishment of the Field Representatives Team, improving site support, and maximizing production output. The third phase is planned future improvements, which will be conducted based on the availability of funding during future fiscal years. Some of these planned improvements include the expansion of communications bandwidth, improved access to imagery, and migration towards web-based production tools.
Following the lead of commercial organizations, JRICP is applying technology tools to simplify and automate support to the wide area network. Tools such as the Solstice Domain Manager, Platinum Help Desk software, and Globetrotter License Manager will dynamically and automatically track and report on network performance, provide input on shortfalls or excesses in computer capability at any given site, and provide a basis upon which we can determine how much hardware or how many software licenses are necessary for purchase. By using these tools, JRICP may be able to reduce some of the support required to operate the network.
JRICP has aggressively pursued developing its Intelink web page as the foundation of program management. Because of the limited number and often transient nature of the staff at JRICP, information "on demand" was deemed essential to smooth operations. Nearly all program aspects are addressed on the pages, and the coverage grows daily. The JRICP Intelink web pages are interactive, allowing visitors to communicate with the program office on a variety of topics. The Intelink web page is the preferred mechanism for submitting trouble reports and change requests, as requests are documented, catalogued and processed much more rapidly than via other means.
JRICP has established and continues to develop partnerships with various intelligence organizations within DoD. These relationships allow the Program to leverage the influence and prestige of active commands while pursing accomplishment of issues of critical importance to JRICP and the reserve intelligence community.
JRICP has achieved a number of both technical and policy successes in its short existence. A leader in UNIX-NT integration, JRICP successfully operates in the hybrid environment and continually improves the capabilities of this integration. JRICP was also an intelligence community leader in migration to Windows NT utilization, resulting in both monetary and training savings for the reserve intelligence community. JRICP has worked towards and will continue to pursue the migration towards performance of production processes through a browser/web-interface. An initial success in this area was the web-based access to MIDB, developed through a joint CENTCOM-JRICP effort.
As with other efforts, commercial development is driving JRICP towards the maximum use of web-based user interfaces and database access. This will also likely drive life-cycle replacement decisions as high end servers will be acquired for access by browser-capable workstations. As a result, some of our workstations may be upgraded rather than replaced, as practicable and cost effective. The future will also hold a more efficient means to share information and perform collaborative efforts between analysts at remote sites, both reserve and active duty.
The JRICP Program Manager announced the Wide Area Virtual Environment (WAVE), the latest direction for the reserve connectivity program, at the Defense Intelligence Producers Council (DIPC) at Camp Parks, CA on 6 Nov 98. WAVE is an effort to leverage the available technology in support of the end-user. Specifically, the ultimate objective of the WAVE is to create a virtual environment whereby a user will consistently have the same desktop look and feel, regardless of where he or she may be physically located on the network. By identifying the user's environment or desktop to a specific network-wide user ID and password, rather than to a particular workstation or LAN, the reserve community will mitigate disruption due to frequent travel to active commands, inability to use a particular workstation on a consistent basis, and training implications when the user's desktop has a different look and feel. In addition to a philosophy of support, JRICP's "First WAVE" is also the name of the program's latest baseline software release, a hybrid of Windows NT 4.0 and Solaris 2.5.1. The First WAVE incorporates numerous aspects of the virtual environment and numerous tools that permit extensive remote administration, support, and management of the program and network.
|4th FIIU||USMC||Denver, Colorado|
|Birmingham||117th Intelligence Squadron||Birmingham, Alabama|
|Camp Bullis||SW ARISC||San Antonio, Texas|
|Camp Parks||W ARISC||Dublin, California|
|Camp Pendleton||Camp Pendleton||Camp Pendleton, California|
|Detroit||Naval Air Reserve Center (NARC) Selfridge||Mt. Clemens, Michigan|
|Draper||Army National Guard||Salt Lake City, Utah|
|FITCPAC||Fleet Intelligence Training Center Pacific||San Diego, California|
|FT Campbell||101st ABN Div/AASLT||Ft Campbell, Kentucky|
|FT Devens||RIPO-18||Ft Devens, Massachusetts|
|FT Dix||NE ARISC||Ft Dix, New Jersey|
|FT Gillem||SE ARISC||Forest Park, Georgia|
|FT Lewis||RIPO-1||Ft Lewis, Washington|
|FT Sheridan||NC ARISC||Ft Sheridan, Illinois|
|FT Worth||RIPO-6||FT Worth, Texas|
|Joint Forces Intelligence Command||JFIC||Norfolk, Virginia|
|Little Rock||123rd Intelligence Squadron||Little Rock, Arkansas|
|NAIC||National Air Intelligence Center/RI||Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio|
|New Orleans||RIPO-3||New Orleans, Louisana|
|Orlando||138th MI||Orlando, Florida|
|Pittsburgh||446th MI||Allison Park, Pennsylvania|
|PMO||JRIP PMO||Virginia Beach, Virginia|
|Rome Labs||ONI/DIA||Rome, New York|
|Whidbey Island||RIPO-1||Oak Harbor, Washington|
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