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Imagery Exploitation Support System [IESS]

The Imagery Exploitation Support System [IESS] provides support for imagery processing requirements, exploitation task management, target-to-image and requirements-to-image correlation. The Imagery Exploitation Support System is the follow-on to the CATIS (Computer Aided Tactical Information System). IESS provides automated support for the imagery exploitation cycle to include management of exploitation and reporting requirements, imagery selection and dissemination, production of IIRs (Imagery Interpretation Reports), packaging and distribution of IIRs within timelines consistent with mission requirements, database management and research capabilities. IESS is single or multi- hosted with shared database access; it monitors and validates input from external sources such as the Requirements Management System (RMS), the Communications Support Processor (CSP), and the Modernized Integrated Database (MIDB). Without the IESS developed interfaces, operational imagery exploitation centers would be unable to order and to exploit both hardcopy and softcopy products from collection systems.

The IESS provides automated near-real-time support to the imagery intelligence (IMINT) cycle at various Department of Defense (DoD) sites. The imagery intelligence cycle is the process by which imagery data is acquired, converted into finished intelligence, and made available to users and policy makers. In its basic form, the cycle comprises six steps, starting with an intelligence need from a user. The intelligence need is reviewed and validated by a requirements manager and, if approved, routed to a collection operations entity as a requirement. The collection process involves the actual tasking of a collection asset and processing/distribution of an intelligence product, in this case, unexploited imagery data. The imagery exploitation effort, sometimes referred to as the imagery exploitation cycle, is concerned with the conversion of the raw intelligence data -- the imagery -- into a more usable imagery-derived intelligence product, generally an Imagery Interpretation Report (IIR). The fusion/analysis process refers to the integration, evaluation, and analysis of all available intelligence (Human Intelligence (HUMINT), Imagery Intelligence (IMINT), Measurement and Signature Intelligence (MASINT), Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), etc.) and the production of finished intelligence products. The final step, dissemination, involves the distribution of the all-source finished intelligence to the user -- whose need triggered the cycle.

IESS Sites (partial listing)

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