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DCGS
TEST & EVALUATION (T&E)
INTEGRATED PRODUCT TEAM (IPT)
14 JAN 98 MINUTES


Distributed Common Ground Systems (DCGS)
Test and Evaluation (T&E) Integrated Product Team (IPT) Meeting
14 January 1998, McLean, Virginia

Minutes
OPENING

Mr. Schreiner called the meeting to order at 0830 on 14 January 1998. Introductions were made by all attendees. Mr. Lazarevich from JITC chaired the meeting as required by the draft DCGS charter. Mr. Rinderknecht representing the host, SAIC, covered meeting administrative support. Mr. Frye was the meeting recorder.

MEETING OBJECTIVES

Mr. Schreiner outlined the following meeting objectives:
- Conduct a thorough review/edit of the DCGS T&E IPT charter and reach agreement on its content.
- Review the JITC drafted DCGS T&E Strategy for FY98 (initially introduced as a “program”).
- Review the status of all DCGS FY98 test activities and documentation.

T&E IPT Charter

Attendees had been provided a copy of the charter via e-mail prior to the meeting. Each section was reviewed. Changes were recommended, discussed and either incorporated or rejected based on the group's consensus.

Mr. Lazarevich stated that the T&E IPT should be setup as a "clearinghouse" for the sharing of test related information. The T&E IPT would act as an advisory for JITC in the development of the T&E Strategy and to present a unified voice to the core IPT.

Mr. Sperlein questioned the sharing of test resources when those resources are setup for specific programs only, and wanted to know who would pay for these resources. Mr. Lazarevich stated that the intent is to first identify the resources and then explore their uses across multiple programs. Mr. Edmonds asked who would provide the funding for joint interoperability testing. Mr. Schreiner indicated that JITC is resourced to conduct interoperability certification testing and he would cover more detail on that in the FY98 T&E Strategy discussion later in the meeting. LTC Sanford stated that the ASPO was exempt from all DoD Regulations concerning standard testing , but are required to follow the law, specifically Title 10 of the U.S.C.

The T&E IPT Charter was revised based on the group's review. All attendees were provided a revised copy to take back to their organization for coordination and approval. Mr Lazarevich stated that all voting members need to have their organization's signatory be an individual authorized to commit to support DCGS T&E IPT activities.

DCGS FY98 T&E Strategy

Mr. Schreiner briefed the scope of the strategy. Three levels of compliance were proposed. A general discussion followed to clarify the scope of each level. The strategy will be an agenda topic for the next meeting to work out in some detail the scope and way in which the compliance levels will be developed and used. The DCGS Register and Homepage were also discussed. Mr. Katz indicated that the JION Concept was distributed at the Core IPT meeting and via email. Mr. Schreiner referred to the DODIIS Interoperability Certification Program as the model which will be used since most core components fall under that program. Whenever possible core component test results will be included in the DCGS FY98 T&E Strategy. Where additional testing may be required, JITC has been resourced by DARO for such testing. The PAC DEMO was briefly discussed. The consensus was that it would probably slip beyond the June timeframe due in part to the fielding delay in IPL 2.0. No objections were raised to the proposed strategy other than more detail needed on the 3 proposed levels of compliance. Consensus to accept the strategy was concluded.

COMMON IMAGERY GROUND SURFACE SYSTEM (CIGSS) TEST & EVALUATION MASTER PLAN (TEMP)

Mr. Schreiner briefed the purpose, applicability, and current status of the 1st draft CIGSS TEMP. No significant comments were noted during this brief. All members representing DCGS programs were reminded of the request to provide test schedules and documentation for the TEMP. Comments were due to JITC by 26 January with the working group scheduled for 17-19 February 1998.

ENHANCED TACTICAL RADAR CORRELATOR (ETRAC)

Mr. Cavalier briefed the ETRAC CIGSS schedule. The requirements document used for all Army programs is the CIGSS Acquisition Handbook (CASH) V1.0 dated 19 July, 1995. IESS 3.0 BETA VERSION scheduled to be fielded in ETRAC during February 1998. He stated that CIP would be integrated into ETRAC by 28 May 1998, without being flown (no testing). ETRAC would be de-fielded 1999-2005 and those components used for TES. Following a discussion on availability of test documentation, LTC Sanford said they would get together off-line with the Chair to discuss ways that ASPO could provide some test documentation. Rick Miller, the ETRAC Test Director, outlined the ASPO testing process as follows: #1. System requirements documents are provided to the contractor. #2. Test procedures are established (frequently not required as separate test plans). #3. Integration with first installation at OSF. #4. Test team and the customer conduct the acceptance test. #5. Customer decides on resulting implementation. #6. Report by test director and team. #7. Discrepancy list generated, issues resolved.

MODERNIZED IMAGERY EXPLOITATION SYSTEM (MIES)

Mr. Cavalier briefed the MIES CIGSS schedule. CPT Cantanzaro talked about OT and asked what role OPTEC plays in the OT for MIES. Mr. Cavalier and LTC Sanford both stated that OPTEC plays no role because of the ASPO MOA/Exemption from the Chief of Staff. Purpose of this was to streamline the acquisition process for the Army.

TACTICAL EXPLOITATION SYSTEM (TES)

Mr. Cavalier briefed the TES CIGSS schedule. Critical Design review is scheduled for March 1998 and the issue of "mandated core components" needs to be resolved immediately. (note: this issue was raised at the Core DCGS IPT meeting held on 13 Jan 98).

COMMON IMAGERY PROCESSOR (CIP)

In the absence of a representative from the CIP PMO, Mr. Cavalier briefed the dates for the CIP Factory Acceptance Test (April 98) and Final Acceptance Test (May 1998). Many DCGS programs are critically dependent on the CIP testing/fielding schedule. There was clear consensus that the lack of a representative from the CIP PMO in attendance seriously impacted the T&E IPT meeting objectives.

JOINT SERVICE IMAGERY PROCESSING SYSTEM-NAVY (JSIPS-N)

Mr. Edmonds stated that Ms. Teresa Erickson will be the T&E IPT Lead for PMA-281 and that she will probably attend future meetings. He described the JSIPS-N objective architecture. JSIPS-N inter-operability focus was on three essential components: IPL; TIS; and CHIBDL-ST. The Navy has no requirement for SIGINT/IMINT exploitation at the same workstation. He discussed the JSIPS-N TEMP and test history. The term Operational Assessment (OA) in the Navy means the approval for the Milestone Decision Authority (MDA) to purchase small quantities for assessment prior to full acquisition. Mr. Edmonds then gave an OPEVAL testing overview. For Navy configuration only, DE comes with IESS. This is due to space requirements, etc. Test documentation is available to the T&E IPT from Ms. Erickson. An update to the JSIPS-N TEMP is not being considered at this time. He then briefed their testing approach and future test events. There is an OA scheduled for March 98, 3 TIS units for further testing and development to determine that they are operational and usable. Mr. Edmonds stated that IPL - NITFS compliance is critical to their program.

JOINT SERVICE IMAGERY PROCESSING SYSTEM (JSIPS)

Mr. Black gave a program overview. JSIPS and CARS are being co-located in the future. Referred to the JSIPS Technical Requirements Document, and the AF Battlelab. He presented the JSIPS test schedule. No issues or significant questions arose during this brief.

TACTICAL EXPLOITATION GROUP

Mr. Black gave an overview of the TEG program. He explained that ESC was the PMO for the TEG. He referred to the Marine Test Activity, MCOTEA, which was not represented at the meeting. He presented the TEG test schedule and reiterated that the CIP testing/integration schedule would have a major impact on the TEG program if delayed.

HIGH ALTITUDE ENDURANCE (HAE) UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE (UAV)

Mr. Petricka indicated that the HAE Program Manager, MAJ McCormick, wants to get involved with DCGS. Mr. Petricka briefed the ACTD Integrated Assessment Plan; the status of the Ground Segment, the Common Ground Station, Global Hawk/Dark Star and discussed the integrated assessment test, initial design phase completed January 98. He stated that due to a lack of funding, the PM would only be able to build one common ground station (SIGINT/IMINT). After the system is turned over to ASC then money for enhancements may be available. He discussed the three phased approach, which is delayed 6-9 months. MAJ Talley ,TA Directorate, AFOTEC, is involved. Mr. Branch discussed the implications of HAE and TCS as far as Mission Planners, and integration into DCGS. He said there is a real issue here for the Infrastructure IPT.

CONTINGENCY AIRBORNE RECONNAISSANCE SYSTEM (CARS)

Mr. Sperlein gave an overview of the CARS program including a brief background/history of the system. He said there is no requirements document blessed by ACC. He also outlined Multi-INT and security issues regarding DII-COE, and MLS (CARS uses Trusted Solaris). Reliability and maintainability (R&M) issues were mentioned. The CARS PM develops transition plans then conducts integration testing. There are 7 different contractors, 7 different integration segments, 7 different PMs for the CARS. Edwards AFB approves all flight test plans. Warner Robins conducts flight testing 4QTR, CY98. Mr. Sperlein continued his briefing discussing the Mission Intelligence Segment (MIS). Exploitation segment of CARS; same as JSIPS-A; working closely with ESC/IYG. VITEC-VIPER for national products. Discussed co-location issues again between CARS/JSIPS-A, will save money by capitalizing on both systems' capabilities together instead of separately. Big issue for CARS is IESS incorporation. A discussion started regarding system PM's assumptions that core components come to them already "certified". This discussion focused on the procedures described by Mr. Elias, the IESS PM in which requirements are identified by PMs, and sent to him, through the 497th IG, where they are validated and prioritized. The IESS PM then satisfies these requirements and fields a system/version that the PM has asked for. One point made was the fact that DCGS is a very small customer (10%) for IESS. Mr. Schreiner reiterated that wherever possible full advantage of this testing will be taken to prevent redundant testing.

TACTICAL CONTROL SYSTEM (TCS)

LT Col Nathaniel briefed the TCS Program. Discussed OSD mandated MPS, with new mission planning modules/interfaces, not a new planner. This is an issue for the Mission Planners Working Group to address on 29 January 1998 at the DCGS Users' Group Conference. Briefed the test schedule and JITC involvement as an Independent Evaluator for TCS. COMOPTEVFOR is the lead OTA and the Navy is the lead Service. Mr. Cayhill provided an explanation regarding TCDL emerging capabilities vice current CDL specifications, since TCDL is initially being fielded for UAV applications. Lt. Col. Nathaniel outlined DT/OT in FY99, with testing at Ft. Huachuca or Indian Springs; and he recommended all attendees to the TCS Homepage at uav.nswc.navy.mil/tcs/.

IMAGERY EXPLOITATION SUPPORT SYSTEM (IESS)

Mr. Elias briefed IESS versions and testing functions, and the process whereby all requirements go through the 497th IG. He talked about OVT, functional testing by the user, OVT test scenarios, test plans and procedures. He described process by which users test the system in a laboratory environment, and the benefits of OVT. Mr. Elias briefed that the IESS experienced problems with DE (change to the ICD) and that IESS could have problems with the CIP. He went on to explain the current configuration, both hardware and software, and presented the IESS Test Schedule. He talked about a new system called Broadsword, which is a SIPR Net based program to replace Imagery Workstations.

IMAGE PRODUCT LIBRARY (IPL)

Mr. Wolfe briefed the test schedule and Softcopy Exploitation Management (SEM). Expected availability date for IPL 2.0 is now June 1998.

COMMON DATA LINK (CDL) /TACTICAL COMMON DATA LINK (TCDL)

Mr. Cayhill briefly discussed the CDL transition to TCDL. The TCDL acquisition process is moving to Phase 2, which consists of two vendors. JITC is developing a Candidate Vendor T&E Program, which includes utilization of the DCGS Testbed Facility. He said that the CDL T&E Program was administered by L3 and the government had no agency to conduct CDL testing. This would not be repeated in the TCDL Program. He said he expected to have the JITC's TCDL T&E Program Plan DARO had requested within 30 to 60 days.

DCGS TESTBED

Mr. Mahoney presented a briefing on the testbed facility to include some background on CIP integration problems, specifically regarding the ICD. This ICD was titled CIP to CIGSS Testbed instead of the intended CIP to CIGSS. This is an issue since the ICD should cover installation into any CIGGS to demonstrate the Open Architecture concept. He talked about the test scheduling procedures, and ways for the T&E IPT to assist in prioritization of the schedule. Mr. Mahoney stated that Mr. Sperlein would be helping establish AFMSS Mission Planning Capability for the testbed. The issue of the CIGSS System Manager versus the TSM needs to be taken up by the Infrastructure IPT. Mr. Mahoney stated that the testbed would be moving to China Lake after CIP installation to conduct ATARS testing. The testbed currently has no processor, and the CIP was supposed to be installed in December 1997.

ACTION ITEMS Mr. Frye reviewed the action items that had been reviewed by the attendees and then assigned by the Chair.

  Item
Assigned To Suspense Status
1. Provide definition and description of the following terms:

DCGS Core Components
Mandated Core Components

Chair Raise issue at next scheduled Core IPT Concept Paper Working Group meeting. Open
2. Obtain written concurrence with the T&E IPT Charter All Voting Members Next Meeting Open
3. Provide presentation on ways to better use the DCGS Testbed Facility by all members Mr. Mahoney Next Meeting Open
4. Identify DIA Representative Mr. Schreiner ASAP Open
5. Obtain resolution from DISA regarding MLS issues of DII-COE Chair Next Meeting Open


NEXT MEETING Mr. Schreiner reminded everyone that the next meeting was tentatively scheduled for 20 February 1998 at MRJ in Vienna, Virginia.

ADJOURNMENT Mr. Lazarevich requested all attendees strive to have their voting representative concur with the charter by the next meeting, if possible and then adjourned the meeting.

ATTENDEES

Jason Frye JITC (BDM) (520) 533-7736 [email protected]
Jeanette Mino JSIPS-N (SAIC) (703) 414-3820 [email protected]
Kelly Mahoney Testbed (SAIC) (978) 667-6365 [email protected]
Peter Overton DARO A&I (703) 883-5631 [email protected]
Mary Lynn Ferma ETRAC SI (703) 707-6596
Dave Schreiner JITC (BDM) (520) 538-4368 [email protected]
Aleks Lazarevich JITC (520) 538-5107 [email protected]
Matt Eager 497IG (202) 767-4647 [email protected]
Tim Lacey 497IG (202) 404-8736 [email protected]
Johnna Knightly ESC/IYG (CM) (978) 667-6365 [email protected]
Greg Barnett AFRL/IFEB (315) 330-3568 [email protected]
Greg Masse CMO/TCC (407) 494-4526 [email protected]
Glenn Nicholson CMO/TCC (407) 494-6140 [email protected]
Henry Byrnside ASPO (703) 275-5561 [email protected]
John Black ESC/MITRE (781) 271-7087 [email protected]
Beth A. Sanford Army/ASPO (703) 275-5992 [email protected]
Mike Meenehan ASPO (703) 275-5992 [email protected]
Walter Leo Edmonds NSWCDD/JSIPS-N (540) 653-6813 [email protected]
Steve Orton SAF/AQIJ (703) 416-3082 [email protected]
Rick Miller ETRAC/SI (703) 707-5209
Bill Sperlein WR ALC/LR (912) 926-3466 x180 [email protected]
Pat Branch SAIC (703) 790-7536 [email protected]
Elias Elias AFRL/IFEB IESS (315) 330-3080 [email protected]
Jack Jibilian HQ USAF/TE (703) 695-0900 [email protected]
Jim Wolfe NIMA SDP (SAIC) (703) 827-8168 [email protected]
Mitchell L. Catanzaro AFOTEC/TK (505) 846-0233 [email protected]
Elliot S. Parkin IDA/DOT&E (703) 845-2343 [email protected]
John Angstadt NIMA/SDE SI (610) 531-5041 [email protected]
LT Col Nathaniel UAV TCS JPO (301) 638-1091 [email protected]
Jack Cavalier USATEC (703) 428-6952 [email protected]
Robert Ferguson USA OPTEC (703) 681-9777 [email protected]
Edward H. Katz NSA/TSPO K4T (301) 688-0499 ehkatz@nsa [email protected]
Ron Petricka DARO/SETA (703) 814-7802 [email protected]
Dennis Cayhill DARO/SETA (703) 697-8763 x1044
Randal S. McDonald NIMA/AA (SAIC) (703) 821-5788 [email protected]