Intelligence support to Special Operations Forces (SOF) is provided via SOCRATES.
SOCRATES encompasses total intelligence support for SOF mission activities, including
computers, databases, intelligence communications systems, secure phones, facsimile
equipment, imagery processing, and secondary imagery dissemination equipment. SOCRATES
integrated existing systems, providing automated intelligence connectivity and functional intelligence support to the SOF community. The LAN provides personnel with access to the Defense Intelligence Threat Data System (DITDS), Intelligence Data Handling System (IDHS), Modular Architecture for Exchange of Intelligence (MAXI), Defense Data Network (DDN), and administrative message handling, transferring and formatting functions.
This capability (including ADP, secure voice, open source and classified message traffic, video mapping, softcopy imagery processing, and secondary imagery dissemination) is extended to USSOCOM forces using the USSOCOM SCAMPI, a leased line communications link. SOCRATES also provides full access to national intelligence systems and databases. The ADP System is three mainframe computer systems with internet/NIPR/SIPR capability and SCI LAN. Standard stand-alone configuration is a 486 pc with modem and video card, though a pentium processor is desired. Future SOCRATES will focus on providing on-line connectivity to operational units and theater SOF, and development of a rugged, portable SOCRATES workstation. Additionally, SOCRATES will transition into a UNIX environment employing the JDISS
architecture, and then will evolve into a client server environment.
- DITDS, which hosts a database specifically focused on terrorism and OOTW, combines data bases allowing users to filter through massive amounts of current and historical information/intellegence data and select, save, modify and/or transmit as required. Provides access to specialized collection of information on terrorism, counter-narcotics (Emerald) data base, and special operations (SOLOG) data base. Provides tools necessary to generate timely and accurate assessments, warning and threat analyses, and on-line access to record traffic communications system (GENSER/DSSCS and AFAMPE)
- IDHS is the primary repository of all data required to analyze and maintain information necessary to support normal operations and to adequately respond to a crisis situation. Provides access to the CENTCOM/SOCOM Integrated Data System (CSIDS/IDB), Defense Intelligence Agency's (DIA) and Military Intelligence Information Data System Integrated Data System (MIIDS/ITB).
- MAXI/MIDAS is an automated intelligence message handling system which organizes the flow of operational traffic, facilitates review of incoming information, provides access to internal message and work files, intra-communication, report generation capabilities.
- DDN/SCAMPI remote host access connects approximately 50 commands and agencies comprising the Department of Defense intelligence Information system (DODIIS).
Known problems include the fact that the system is slow to respond during the peak hours of use.
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Created by John Pike
Maintained by Steven Aftergood
Updated Thursday, February 10, 2000 6:07:22 PM