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BINOCULAR

BINOCULAR is an integrated NSA signals intelligence source data broadcast service system, integrating nine separate Ultra High Frequency (UHF) transmissions, transmitted through the Global Broadcast System satellite network. The BINOCULAR client, which is an air picture" data feed from NSA providing electronic order of battle [EOB] updates, reduces the need for TRE. intelligence

BINOCULAR is being integrated into the Integrated Broadcast Service approved by the ASD(C3I)in 1996. The IBS standardized protocols, with compatible hardware and software, were directed by the 1996 House Intelligence Bill. As a part of a larger Intelligence Systems Secretariat/ Intelligence Systems Board (ISS/ ISB) intelligence migration initiative to reduce the number of separate intelligence systems, the Broadcast/ Receive Working Group was formed in 1994 to examine the existing Ultra High Frequency (UHF) intelligence broadcast services and one emerging concept for combining the services (Binocular). The group's objective was to uncover and examine issues surrounding the potential combining of service functionality into a smaller number of services– functional re-dundancy, inefficiency, and impacts on the user; resource duplication; formatting issues; band-width contention and to make recommendations concerning concepts warranting further study.

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