The Defense Dissemination System (DDS) Receive Location [redesignated the Dissemination Element (DE) in the mid-1990s] receives national data. There are only 13 RLs in existence in DoD, and satellite communications are required for RL connectivity. The DDS III Receive Locations were the first transportable Near Real Time/Near original Quality (NRT/NOQ) electronic digital imagery dissemination systems for the Army's V, VII, and XVIII Airborne Corps. Using new image compression, communications, and film technology, they dramatically improved the image throughput and timeliness of its image products. The Processless Electronic Recording Media (PERM) increased volume and speed of access by analysts to critical imagery. PERM eliminated need for toxic chemicals and dark rooms usually associated with conventionally processed film-based images. With the advent of PERM, imagery was routinely placed on the light table faster at Receive Locations in the field than at the exploitation facilities in the Washington DC area. The Joint Service Imagery Processing System (JSIPS), designed to be co-located with a Receive Location (RL), receives sensor data through an RL data link and processes digital data into imagery. Communications requirements between RL and JSIPS include one 1.544 Mbps (T-1) simplex (receive only) link and one 56 Kbps full duplex link.
The Receive Link/ Location [RL/RE RDS] program develops and delivers systems in support of imagery product transmission and receipt by many DoD commands. The program supports O&M, systems upgrade installation, depot, support, and system engineering.