dissemination system providing new capability
new system under U.S. Joint Forces Command validation will
provide joint warfighter up-to-the-minute intelligence data
and information in real-time allowing them to make better,
more informed decisions.
USJFCOM Public Affairs
Va. -- June 1, 2004) - A transformational intelligence interoperability
and communication concept may enable coalition forces to better
analyze enemies and their intentions by fiscal year 2008.
S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) is gearing up to validate an advanced
concept technology demonstration (ACTD) which enables the
warfighter to access intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
(ISR) information in near real-time; hence satisfying critical
information needs in support of time-sensitive operations.
to Christopher Jackson, USJFCOM's deputy director of intelligence
for ISR integration, rather than waiting for an intelligence
report to arrive days or weeks after the data has been collected,
the Multi-sensor Aerospace-ground Joint ISR Interoperability
Coalition ACTD, better known as MAJIIC, will equip a warfighter
with important intelligence information now.
such as MAJIIC, provide new and transformational operational
capabilities designed to benefit the joint warfighter. ACTDs
are sponsored by the deputy undersecretary of defense for advanced
systems and concepts and are sponsored by all combatant commanders.
USJFCOM has 14 ACTDs in which the command refines requirements,
develops joint employment concepts of operation, and assesses
the transformational capabilities in a variety of relevant operational
concept developers confirmed the need for the ACTD from lessons
learned captured during Operation Iraqi Freedom according
to Jackson. Operational commanders used unprecedented levels
of diverse ISR assets during OIF to aid U.S. and coalition operations.
However, a lack of data accessibility and system interoperability
limited the functionality of collected ISR data.
who has been working in the intelligence field since 1982, said
that although intelligence capabilities have greatly improved
over the past 20 years, the rapid pace of operations demands
a new way of intelligence data dissemination.
in ISR data accessibility and interoperability continue to impact
situational awareness, time sensitive targeting, combat assessment,
and other ISR-related mission areas.
to Jackson, the keystone for supporting successful time sensitive
missions is better coalition ISR interoperability and MAJIIC
is designed to accomplish this task.
which had a fiscal year 2004 start, is scheduled for its first
validation during the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense,
Networks and Information Integration's Quantum Leap 2 event in
August. It will demonstrate a net-centric environment that fully
supports “post before process” (PBP) information
dissemination collected by platforms such as Joint Surveillance
and Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS).
serves as one of DoD's identified initiatives for intelligence
transformation. The old way of transferring intelligence data
consisted of a process that moved ISR information to an analyst
and eventually to the joint warfighter. PBP means that all authorized
personnel can access information simultaneously.
MAJIIC software will provide data dissemination, populated to
whatever network is being used, even in limited bandwidth situations.
Therefore, even joint and coalition forces in remote locations
can access information.
represents a giant step toward integrating intelligence community
capabilities with the operational needs of the warfighter,” said
Jackson. “It is transformational.”
importance of the new ISR net-centric data sharing concepts is
that a MAJIIC-equipped servicemember will have the ability to
access recently gathered ISR data to speed the decision making
process and will be in a better position to determine whether
the vehicle sitting on the other side of a hill is friend or
just loaded an image of a tank. It looks like a tank. What do
you see?” said Jackson, as he described the conversation
between a tank operator and an all-source analyst viewing the
same real-time image.
to Jackson, intelligence data collection systems have advanced
I started, high resolution radar was literally blobology - big
or little white fuzzy blobs that needed a trained intelligence
specialist to decipher what those fuzzy blobs were. Those days
are over. Image resolution provides clear images now. The tank
operator may not be able to tell if a tank is a T72 or T80. He
doesn't care about the serial number, he just wants to know if
there is a bad guy over there,” said Jackson.
to both Jackson and Stan Stefansky, MAJIIC ACTD operations manager,
MAJIIC's goal is making data from U.S. and multi-national manned
and unmanned air platforms available in real-time to the decision
maker, and to the degree communications will support, to the
foot soldier, the tank driver, and the vehicle driver rather
than transmitting to a central location and then disseminating.
need to know,” said Jackson.
will examine the ACTD in several smaller live operations before
being integrated into the architecture of a big exercise.
the future, MAJIIC will not only involve the U.S., but also the
United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, Norway, Italy, Netherlands,
Spain, and the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency.
multi-national part of the ACTD kicks off in April 2005 and will
serve as a follow-on venture of earlier insight into intelligence
capability needs discovered during the Coalition Aerial Surveillance
and Reconnaissance (CAESAR) ACTD, which exploited multinational
military interoperability of aerial ground surveillance resources.
MAJIIC improves ISR data accessibility in support of time sensitive
missions, battlefield situational awareness, decision-making,
and C2I analysis according to Stefansky.
is letting the customer tell you when his requirement is satisfied,” said
Stefansky. “It essentially gives power to the edge. The
joint warfighter is the customer.”