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Project Broadsword is an effort to provide an extensible framework of services and tools which help a user gather intelligence information from distributed data sources in support for his/her mission. Broadsword is middleware package that will bring a number of applications together. The goal is to provide a single, secure interface enabling access to information that can exist anywhere. Broadsword (aka JIVA) 1.0 will be backward compatible with IPL 1.0 and IPL 2.0. Version 2.0 provides access to existing information available on JWICS, SIPRNET and NIPRNET. Through a common web interface such as Netscape or Internet Explorer, users can effortlessly access diverse information resources, perform intelligent searches, and visually display the results in a manner that aids and simplifies the decision making process.

Because of the aggressive schedule, IPL 2.0 needed to use HTMLI (now Broadsword) as the client to meet early needs. IPL 2.0 uses Rome Lab's Broadsword as a client, since NIMA’s Geospatial and Imagery Access Services (GIAS) Common Client was not expected to be available in time. When Harris and GDE Systems looked at functionality in 1997, they found that IAS would not provide required functions to the sites in time for IPL 2.0 release. HTLMI 3.2 was used as a risk mitigation effort. This was considered a low risk decision, since Broadsword is based on HTMLI 3.2. Broadsword was available, easy to use and integrate, and interoperable with IPA, IPL 1.0, IESS, MIDB, 5D, etc. It provides simultaneous access to multiple sources (IPA, IESS, etc.) through a single client interface. The Broadsword web browser client can be accessed from multiple workstations via Netscape. The Broadsword program office policy towards GIAS compliance is, and has been, to create plug-ins for GIAS systems. Users will be able to access GIAS systems through Broadsword.

The version of Broadsword delivered with IPL 2.0 will be able to access the following data sources:

Broadsword is divided into three functional areas: Gatekeeper (server), User Services (client), and Additional Services. Developed by the Rome Air Force Research Laboratory, Broadsword is a Solaris gateway server that supports real-time searching of heterogeneous data sources. Features include single sign-on, security auditing (Sybase), and a customizable interface, to include metadata searched and returned, and sequential or simultaneous searching with normalized relevance ranking.

Disadvantages include maintenance of user accounts and plug-ins. While Broadsword meets the user needs for imagery, the Common Client meets the needs of geospatial users. The two clients need to come together to meet USIGS needs.

Broadsword is funded from Air Staff, DIA (JIVA), and NIMA (for IPL 2.0). Interface requirements are ad hoc and handled by the 497th. Broadsword is supported and managed in accordance with the Common User Baseline for the Intelligence Community [CUBIC] configuration management plan. CUBIC policies and procedures apply. The CUBIC program provides the standard to which Broadsword is developed and supported throughout its life cycle.

Browser requirements for Broadsword include either Internet Explorer 3.0+ or Netscape 3.0+. 5D is a plug to the Broadsword Gatekeeper, which can access products and normalize services. NIMA will handle GENSER issues, not Rome Labs. Email notification is both an email notification and an active URL in which the email includes a link to the URL. Broadsword will support both protected and registered servers, and users have a flat query capability and a vertical query capability (with multiple instantiations).

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