Individual Tactical Reporting Tool

by Colonel Jerry V. Proctor

Dick Tracy wristwatch???…well not yet, but this is a step in that direction. This issue of MIPB focuses on counterintelligence (CI) and human intelligence (HUMINT), and more. This is an area in which the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) System Manager (TSM) All-Source Analysis System (ASAS) office is deeply involved. We have four product areas we are working on in this field; however, this issue I want to highlight our next “due out” product. This is the Individual Tactical Reporting Tool (ITRT), or handheld CI HUMINT reporting device. The intent of the ITRT is to provide automation support to the individual CI agent or interrogator conducting investigations, collection operations, screening, debriefing, liaison activities, and force protection functions. They can do all of this using a much less conspicuous tool.

The ITRT is the initial or individual level entry device of the ASAS CI/HUMINT subsystems. These systems include the ITRT, CI/HUMINT Automated Tool Set (CHATS), the Counterintelligence and Interrogation Operations Workstation, and the HUMINT Single-Source Work-station. While the CHATS (Version 1) is already in the field, the present goal for fielding the ITRT is in the second quarter, fiscal year 2000 (2QFY00).  

Technology in commercial “palm- top” devices is changing rapidly. TSM ASAS is actively seeking user input, and will be disseminating the User Functional Description (UFD) for comment in the May through June 1999 timeframe. This UFD includes requirements for the ITRT. Please look for it and give us your comments.

In addition, in an effort to identify users’ preferences and desires, the PM CI/HUMINT Information Management Systems (CHIMS) (the Product Manager Office for ASAS CI/HUMINT products) has been circulating several candidate devices (mostly commercial off-the-shelf items) to units throughout the Army. The units keep each device for two weeks to let operators use and evaluate the various devices. This input will be useful in identifying the hardware device that meets stated requirements and user preferences for the ITRT. The evaluators are also addressing software capabilities, with the primary concern being compatibility with the CHATS, which the ITRT will feed.

Uses of the ITRT will include—

The current communications means under investigation include Combat Net Radio (CNR), local area networks, and even cellular telephones.

The advances in handheld computing will provide some very interesting and useful applications for CI and interrogator soldiers. In addition to the normal text-type entry required for completing reports, some of the prototype devices currently offer such capabilities as audio recording; the ability to sort, crop, and edit digital imagery; and the ability to provide voice annotation to the imagery. This imagery will include the images produced by the soldiers using the CHATS digital camera, as well as imagery from other sources such as National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) standard, archived digital raster graphics (ADRGs) (to include compressed raster graphics). These devices will be able to pull in CHATS overlays, templates, and maps or portions of a map pertinent to the current agent or interrogator’s task and to process, store, and manipulate these same items and disseminate them back to CHATS. The device will also be able to create new overlays that are scaleable and registered to maps. This will provide the user an ability to “sketch” an overlay based on information received from a source, attach that overlay to a report, and transmit the newly created overlay back to the CHATS.

An objective capability for the ITRT is to use an internal Global Positioning System (GPS) capability. This would allow the ITRT to—

As with all things for which the TSM ASAS develops requirements, our goal is to represent the users’ needs and desires accurately. The more input we receive from the users, the better we will be able to represent you, our customers.

My thanks to Chief Warrant Officer Four Ed Carter of the TSM ASAS Office for his contributions to this article.

Colonel Jerry Proctor is the TRADOC System Manager for the All-Source Anlaysis System. Readers can contact him via E-mail at proctorj1@hua and telephonically at (520) 533-3504 or DSN 821-3504. The Deputy TRADOC System Manager is Mr. Michael Strack; you can reach him by E-mail at strackm and by telephone at (520) 533-3507 or DSN 821-3507.