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FAS Project on Intelligence Reform

Integrated Broadcast Service (IBS)

As a part of a larger Intelligence Systems Secretariat/ Intelligence Systems Board (ISS/ ISB) intelligence migration initiative to reduce the number of separate intelligence systems, the Broadcast/ Receive Working Group was formed in 1994 to examine the existing Ultra High Frequency (UHF) intelligence broadcast services and one emerging concept for combining the services (Binocular). The group's objective was to uncover and examine issues surrounding the potential combining of service functionality into a smaller number of services functional re-dundancy, inefficiency, and impacts on the user; resource duplication; formatting issues; band-width contention and to make recommendations concerning concepts warranting further study.

In 1996 the ASD(C3I) and the Military Communications Electronics Board approved the "Integrated Broadcast Service (IBS) Plan," as directed by the 1996 House Intelligence Bill, which provides for the integration of various SIGINT broadcast dissemination systems into a standardized protocols with compatible hardware and software.

The global (TDDS), theater (TIBS), and corps (TRIX) UHF broadcasts collectively support Near-Real-Time (NRT) needs of global, theater, and local users. Interoperability, commonality, and standardization does not exist between systems.

The Integrated Broadcast System integrates multiple intelligence broadcasts into a system of systems, and migrates tactical receive terminals into a single, related Joint Tactical Terminal (JTT) family. The goal of the Integrated Broadcast Service (IBS) is to resolve the uncoordinated proliferation of "stovepiped" intelligence/ information broadcasts by providing the tactical commander with integrated time-sensitive tactical information. The current TDDS, TRAP, TIBS, MTN, NRTD, and TRIXS systems are characterized by

Integrated Broadcast System features include:

The IBS Tactical Information Element (TIE) The IBS Expanded Tactical Information Element (ETIE)


Current 1996- 97 IBS Transition 1998- 99 IBS Objective 2000 + Staff proponency for IBS rests with the J-2, the joint staff. The OSD assigned the Navy Space and Electronic Warfare Directorate N-6 as the executive agent for IBS implementation. The Air Force is assigned as the acquisition executive and milestone decision authority for accomplishing broadcast-services generation, with primary responsibility to integrate broadcast generation hardware and software. For the Army, staff proponency rests with the deputy chief of staff for operations and plans' DAMO-FDI. TRADOC assigned responsibility for developing the joint operational-requirements document to the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and School, with TRADOC's systems manager for the joint surveillance target-attack radar system in the lead.

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