ASAS-IWS
"INSCOM’s Best" implements baseline
standard intelligence workstation


By 1st Lt. Christopher Zinner

     The analysts at the U.S. Army Pacific Analysis and Control Element have a unique tool on their desktops. It puts INSCOM’s Best, the 205th Military Intelligence Battalion (Operations), 500th MIBrigade, U.S.Army Intelligence and Security Command, in the forefront of the intelligence automation race among echelons above corps MI units today.

     The baseline intelligence automation tool today in the Pacific Theater is the Joint Deployable Intelligence Support System (JDISS). JDISS is a desktop application which provides the U.S. Army Pacific intelligence analysts the office automation, communication and intelligence applications required to provide daily intelligence support to their customers throughout the theater. Used by all the service components in the Pacific, as well as the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific, JDISS allows seamless interoperability among the services both in garrison operations and during Joint Task Force exercises.

     The system, which is quickly becoming the baseline standard intelligence workstation throughout the Army is the All Source Analysis System-Remote Workstation. As in the JDISS, it provides the communication and intelligence applications required by today’s echelons above corps intelligence analysts. However, in addition, ASAS- Remote Workstation provides the analysts with a message parsing, database building and digital map display capability. This capability assists the analysts in performing the order of battle analysis which so many Army intelligence analysts do daily.

     Until recently, the U.S. Army Pacific intelligence analysts had either a JDISS workstation or an ASAS-Remote Workstation on their desks — but not both stations, as it was too costly to provide each analyst with both capabilities.

     Now there is something which is quickly becoming known as the ASAS-Integrated Workstation. The ASAS-Integrated Workstation is the integration of the ASAS-Remote Workstation capability onto the JDISS desktop. This is not the common configuration where a single workstation can be booted as either an ASAS-Remote Workstation or a JDISS, nor is it a JDISS button on the All Source Analysis System desktop which can be pressed to run limited JDISS functionality. The ASAS-Integrated

     Workstation is the actual integration of the two systems, allowing the user to access them both simultaneously — a capability unavailable before today.

     The idea for the ASAS-Integrated Workstation initiative is not a new one. A similar concept was implemented in Korea as part of the Pacific ADP Server Site-Korea (PASS-K) initiative. The PASS-K system integrated the All Source Analysis System legacy prototype system, Warrior, onto the JDISS 1.01 desktop. The integration between JDISS 2.0 and the ASAS-Remote Workstation has not been implemented in Korea.

     The 205th MI Bn (Operations), an INSCOM echelons above corps unit at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, is the only Army unit which has incorporated the ASAS-Integrated Workstation into its architecture as its baseline intelligence automation tool. There are about 20 workstations, both at the collateral and SCI levels, running in the ASAS-Integrated Workstation configuration. Moreover, due to the innovative efforts of John Hagan, the on-site contractor, and Sgt. Franklin G. Sain, Headquarters and Headquarters Service Company, 205th MI Battalion, senior UNIX system administrator, the unit is operating the ASAS-Integrated Workstation in a client-server environment.

     "It just makes sense to make our workstations all ‘IWS (ASAS-Integrated Workstation)," said Sain. "The analysts can have one box on their desks as opposed to two, which runs both software packages at the same time. This saves the taxpayer thousands of dollars and makes life easier on the analysts."

     There are some drawbacks with the ASAS-Integrated Workstation concept. The Communications and Electronics Command and its post-deployment software support contractor have not agreed to offer support for the ASAS-Integrated Workstation. On-site representatives from the command and the contractor only support All Source Analysis System baseline configurations, of which the ASAS-Integrated Workstation is not recognized formally. The unit is responsible for funding any on-site contractor support for the ASAS-Integrated Workstation. According to Col. Gary McMillan, INSCOM’s deputy chief of staff for force modernization, the 205th MI Battalion is the test bed for the ASAS-Integrated Workstation concept.

     The 205th MI Battalion is offering to help other units implement the ASAS-Integrated Workstation concept. For more information on the ASAS-Integrated Workstation, contact 1st Lt. Christopher Zinner by telephone (DSN 438-2344) or email (zinnerc@shafter-emh3.army.mil).

     1st Lt. Christopher Zinner is assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Service Company, 205th MI Battalion, 500th MIBrigade, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command.

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   Last Updated: July 02, 1997