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SIGINT & IMINT Pre-processing Architecture (S&IPA)

The Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) pre-processing architecture (S&IPA) establishes and coordinates requirements for the Tactical Exploitation System (TES) and the Guardrail Common Sensor (GRCS) Integrated Processing Facility (IPF) and its follow-on, the Aerial Common Sensor (ACS) Ground Processing Facility (GPF). As the Division commander's intelligence pre-processor, and a primary recipient of the information generated by the S&IPA, the Mobile Integrated Tactical Terminal (MITT), also falls under the S&IPA purview. The S&IPA is a living requirements document that establishes compliance and interoperability requirements based on the Joint Technical Architecture, the Army Technical Architecture (ATA) and the Defense Information Infrastructure (DII) Common Operating Environment (COE).

The S&IPA provides the framework for the TES and IPF/GPF to become interoperable, achieve selective commonality of processors and methods, and to operate as an integrated system of systems. The S&IPA will allow the TES and the IPF/GPF to provide Army Tactical (Corps & Division), Joint Task Force, and Combined Force commanders with a tailorable, scaleable, modular, and easily deployable intelligence pre-processing system of systems, capable of split based operations.

The S&IPA will provide the commander the capability to control, receive, process, display, exploit and disseminate SIGINT and IMINT sensor data from selected national, theater, and organic intelligence platforms, to all echelons, at varying levels of detail, to meet the requirements of mobile, dispersed commanders and staffs in the execution of their mission. The S&IPA will allow situationally-defined user access to its intelligence product databases on a smart push-pull basis, to provide required reports and products; and to assist in the production of other IEW products through cross cueing. Defined users will almost always include the ASAS, the CGS, the DTSS and the Army Battle Command System (ABCS) at the supported echelon.

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