Demonstration Plan Outline

Demonstration Title: Radiant Mercury Imagery Guard (RM) (JW123)

1.0 Introduction.

A. Sponsors:

Ms Judy Bednar, USN


Commercial Telephone: (703) 601-1405

Commercial Fax: (703) 601-1336

[email protected]

Capt Laura Bunker, USAF


Commercial Telephone: (703) 808-6865, DSN 898-6865

Commercial Fax: (703) 808-6851, DSN Fax: 898-6851

[email protected]

National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office (OSO) (ATTN: Capt Bunker), 14675 Lee Highway, Chantilly, VA 20151-1715

B. Points of Contact:

Project Officer: Mr. Dennis E. Bowden


Commercial Telephone: (703) 808-6860, DSN 898-6860

Commercial Fax: (703) 808-6851, DSN Fax: 898-6851

[email protected]

National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office (OSO) (ATTN: Dennis E. Bowden), 14675 Lee Highway, Chantilly, VA 20151-1715

Demo Plan Developer: Same as Project Officer

Security: TSG Jerry Coley, USAF


Commercial Telephone: (703) 808-6817, DSN 898-6817

Commercial Fax: (703) 808-6851, DSN Fax: 898-6851

National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office (OSO) (ATTN: Security), 14675 Lee Highway, Chantilly, VA 20151-1715

Data Collection: Same as Project Officer

C. Demonstration Overview. Radiant Mercury Imagery Guard is a multilevel security system which enables Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) images with NITF-S headers to be automatically transferred across security levels within a command and to coalition partners. RM examines user-populated and designated imagery headers to determine if the imagery can be sent across security levels (Collateral to Coalition Releasable). RM moves images from one security level to another using the trusted and accredited Radiant Mercury Rule Set technology permitting images to be shared within a command and between Allies and Coalition Forces with consistency and security assurance. RM supports the warfighter by providing all warfighters with shared image information across security levels. Although, RM has the capability to move images from an SCI environment to a Collateral or Coalition Releasable environment, we will not be demonstrating this feature during JWID 97. The technology and rule set development is same regardless of which networks are used.

D - Demonstration Configuration. Workstations at each participating location are connected to imagery servers using a FDDI point to point system. Hardware and software versions are as follows:

Radiant Mercury:

TAC 4, HP running HPUX/BLS 9.09 Trusted OS

Radiant Mercury Application

FDDI cards w/cables

Imagery Servers:

SUN SS20 running SOLARIS

5D/IPA(L) Image Servers Applications

FDDI cards w/cables

E. Demonstration Locations.

(1) The RM JW123 primary locations are the JDEF and the CTF aboard the USS JOHN C. STENNIS. RM hardware will be provided at these locations. However, since RM provides connectivity between the SIPRNET and the CWAN, any users connected to these networks will be able to view the results of the Imagery Guard capability.

(2) Several other JWID 97 demonstrations have expressed an interest in using RM in a supporting role. For this reason RM will have hardware at the JTASC and the Pentagon BMC. The latter location will be specifically in support of JW112, Enhanced TDDS.

2.0 Demonstration Operational Environment.

A. JWID Objective Linkages. The automatic guarding of imagery from Collateral to Coalition Releasable supports several of the JWID97 objectives.

B. Scenario Linkage. RM JW123 can not be tied to one or even a few scenario events. The capability to share images among Coalition Forces is critical to the planning, execution, and follow up phases of any operation.

C. Concept of Operations (CONOPS)/Demonstration Procedures. A 5D/IPA(L) Imagery Server with SIPRNET connectivity will contain imagery specifically tailored for JWID97. This imagery is marked either SECRET or SECRET JWIDCO in the NITF-S header. SECRET means SECRET US ONLY and SECRET JWIDCO means SECRET releasable to JWID Coalition Forces to include AUSCANZUKUS and NATO. This Imagery Server will be connected to the RM via an FDDI Point to Point system. RM will periodically examine the images on this Server and evaluate their NITF-S header information. If images are marked SECRET JWIDCO they will be transferred to second 5D/IPA(L) Imagery Server with CWAN connectivity. Coalition Force members may then utilize any of the images on this second Server.

D. Demonstration Information Flow, Requirements and Limitations.

(1) For the purpose of demonstrating RM's Imagery Guard capability, JW123 will not directly interface with any other demo. However, any demo that requires imagery at the SECRET and/or SECRET JWIDCO levels will be able to take advantage of the Imagery Servers connected to RM.

(2) As shown in Figure 1, RM will connect to Imagery Servers on the High and Low sides via an FDDI Point to Point system. Images and control data will flow along the FDDI system. RM does not operate on a network which enhances its trusted OS status.

(3) RM JW123 will use imagery specifically created for JWID 97. USACOM will be providing this imagery.

(4) Imagery will be examined to see if it is releasable to Coalition Forces. If so, the images will be passed from the SECRET environment to the coalition environment.

(5) A set of about 2 dozen images, half marked SECRET and half marked SECRET JWIDCO should be sufficient to demonstrate the Imagery Guard capabilities. Obviously any images that support the scenario should be considered as candidates for use.

(6) The final output from RM is an image. Coalition Force users can utilize images that have been approved for any of their typical uses. US Force users can utilize the images on the high side Imagery Server for any of their typical uses.

(7) Since RM operates at a system high level (in this case SECRET US Only), only US personnel can inspect and observe the RM machine in operation.

(8) RM will be fully functional beyond the Year 2000. The date will not be a problem.

E. Functional Flows. RM JW123 provides an Imagery Guard between two disparate networks.

  1. Evaluates image NITF-S header data
  2. Allows acceptable images to be transferred to a lower network
  3. Will not allow images that do not meet the guard rules to be transferred

F. Communications Connectivity and Interface Support.

(1) The Imagery Server on the high side must have SIPRNET Connectivity. The Imagery Server on the low side must have CWAN connectivity.

(2) Imagery will be transferred from the high side to the low side via RM and FDDI Point to Point systems.

(3) RM will act as a guard between the high side and the low side.

(4) Although RM typically operates using RS-232 cables for formatted data, for imagery it was determined that an FDDI Point to Point system running at 100MB/S would be more efficient.

3.0 Assessment Concept. Describe the demonstration assessment concept in the following format:

A. Demonstration Objective. RM JW123 will prove that RM can act as an automatic Imagery Guard.

B. Demonstration Sub-Objectives (SO). None

C. Supplemental Data. The RM JW123 demonstration manager will be soliciting comments from operational users on the necessity and ease of use of the RM system.

4.0 Administration.

A. Operator/Data Collectors/Assessment Team Training Requirements. RM JW123 is an automatic system that requires no operator intervention. A technician will be with the demo to answer questions and evaluate different ways of using the system.

B. Security.

(1) RM operates at a B1 level.

(2) Images must be marked appropriately in their header in order to pass through the guard. Images for Coalition Forces must be approved for all Coalition Forces.

(3) No additional security devices are required..

(4) ACOM must ensure the images provided for JWID 97 are approved for release and marked accordingly.

(5) RM is a Multilevel Secure (MLS) system..

(6) The highest level of information to be processed is SECRET.

C. Contractor Involvement. A Lockheed Martin technician will be at each RM JW123 demonstration to answer questions and brief participants.

D. Leave Behinds. There are no plans to leave any RM JW123 hardware or software behind at this time.