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Defense Dissemination System (DDS) (U)

Overview (U):

(U) NIMA develops, acquires, maintains and supports the Defense Dissemination System (DDS). NIMA also conducts follow-on system studies and technology efforts.

Description (U):

(U) The Defense Dissemination System (DDS) sends digital imagery to SIOP tasked unified and strategic commands and multiservice tactical users. The Processing Segment accepts imagery data, compresses it, sorts it on a user selected basis, encrypts it and transmits the data via the Transmission Segment. The Transmission Segment relays imagery and process control data over terrestrial and satellite (DSCS and COMSAT) communications. The Receive Segment expands the compressed imagery, archives it, records it on film, and sends it to a soft copy system.

User Impact (U):

(U) To provide warfighters deployed world-wide with near real-time access to, and electronic dissemination of imagery and support data. Image data is near-original quality target-oriented imagery to warfighters in near-real-time based on user provided requests and priorities.

Programmatics (U):

(U) Operational.

(U) Organizations and Funding:
  • (U) NIMA.

Images (U):

(U) None.

Related Initiatives (U):
DSCS IIIDefense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) III
DSCS Service Life Enhance ProgDefense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) Service Life Enhancement Program (SLEP)
This Table Is Unclassified.

Related Requirements (U):None.

Related Categories (U):
INTEL SURV AND RECCE ACTIVITIESIntelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)
This Table Is Unclassified.

Road Map Placements (U):

This Table Is Unclassified.

Requirements, Funding and Additional Hotlinks (U):

(U) None.

Lead Office (U):

(U) DoD.

Point of Contact (U):

(U) Capt Glenn C. Fyfe, Open Phone: (310) 363-8481.

Date Of Information (U):

(U) 17 August 1998

(U) Road Map Production Date: 12 July 1999

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