News

Distributed Common Ground Systems (DCGS)
Test and Evaluation (T&E) Integrated Product Team (IPT) Meeting

24 March 1998, McLean, Virginia

Minutes

OPENING

Mr. Schreiner , JITC/BDM called the meeting to order at 0830 on 24 March 1998. All attendees made introductions. Mr. Lazarevich, JITC chaired the meeting. Ms. Pat Webb, SAIC, covered meeting administrative support. Mr. Clawson , JITC/BDM was the meeting recorder.

REVIEW 14 JANUARY 1998 IPT MEETING MINUTES

The IPT members reviewed the minutes from the January 14 meeting and action items assigned by the Chair. Dave Schreiner (JITC/BDM) lead the review and recommended acceptance of the minutes. Jack Calvalier (ASPO) seconded and the IPT members present agreed. No objections noted. Minutes accepted.

MEETING OBJECTIVES

REVIEW OF T&E Charter

A brief discussion on spelling out membership organizations and a description of each organization's responsibility as related to the IPT resulted. Dave Schreiner noted that organizations and descriptions were contained in the base DCGS IPT Charter that the T&E IPT was subordinate to that IPT's charter. No action by the T&E IPT was required. The only noted change from the previous T&E IPT charter version was removal of signatures by T&E IPT membership. This closed action item number 2 from the 14 January meeting.

DCGS COMPLIANCE LEVELS

Mr. Schreiner presented a briefing on the proposed DCGS levels of compliance. Compliance Level One - Individual DCGS components demonstrate standards conformance and can interoperate. Compliance Level 2 Individual DCGS and all interfacing airborne sensors demonstrate standards conformance and can interoperate. Compliance Level Three All individual DCGS demonstrate standards conformance and can interoperate. ASPO recommended a Compliance Level 0. This level would require core component interoperability testing prior to integration in migration systems. The Testbed facility was mentioned as the primary facility to perform this compliance level testing. This item will be discussed in detail at the CIGSS TEMP working group scheduled 14-15 Apr at SAIC's Chantilly facility. The compliance level methodology will be an agenda item at the next T&E IPT. ASPO noted the lack of CL3 compliant date in the CIGSS CRD. This action item will be elevated to the Core IPT. Two additional action items resulted from this discussion. Remove the "type" of sensor from the CL2 description, and change "interoperate" to "intraoperate" in the CL1 description. This will align DCGS compliance levels with CIGSS compliance levels.

DCGS HANDBOOK/CONOP DEVELOPMENT

Mr. Patrick Branch, SAIC, support to DARO provided a presentation on the DCGS Handbook development and Concept of Operations. Mr. Branch's introduction discussed significant issues to the IPT: The standing down of DARO and it's replacement organization, DASC4I, and that DCGS has a funding line in the FY '99 POM. Handbook efforts are currently vocused on version 1, with an intended audience of executive decision-makers. Once the CONOPS and Handbook v.1 are approved, version 2 focuses on programmatic issues. His presentation included a red, amber, and green status on each section. Mr. Branch recommended the following terms to assist in community clarity. Core components will be referred to as Components and Migration Systems as elements. These terms will apply to both DCGS and CIGSS programs. Mr. Branch offered to brief individual services on the current DCGS status, objectives, and architecture.

SYSTEM STATUS UPDATE

Mr. Clawson briefed on the current status of CIGSS testing in the CIGSS Testbed (?), core component integration into migration systems, and JTF level exercises that provide interoperability testing opportunities. The tables listing testing events as outlined in the Draft CIGSS TEMP dated 23 Mar 98, was provided to all participants. These tables were developed from input received from the various program offices. The members noted the lack of version number on core components. Version numbers will be added to the tables prior to the publication of the TEMP. The TWG will discuss this issue in detail.

DCGS TESTBED

Mr. Mahoney presented a briefing on the testbed facility including the historical development of the testbed. The testbed's employment vision is to accomplish air-ground interoperability testing, support sensor development, evaluate CIGSS components, and support CIGSS architecture standards development. Mr. Mahoney outlined past community testbed support. He highlighted the advantages of a mobile lab for sensor development, co-locating with contractors to develop ICD and risk reduction, co-locating with airframe contractors to verify sensor-to-ground station connectivity, and co-locating with government/contractors for final flight test ICD verification. Mr. Mahoney described the ongoing testing events the testbed is involved with. He also detailed the testbed's support to both the CIGSS and DCGS T&E efforts. He concluded with the testbed's expanding role in SIGINT and MASINT disciplines and the testbed's involvement in CIGSS level one and two certification programs.

SIGINT CERTIFICATION AND VERIFICATION PROCESS

Mr. Ed Katz from NSA provided a briefing on NSA's Compliance and Verification (CV) Program. Mr. Katz referenced three memos as background to the CV program:

Deputy Secretary of Defense Memo dated Mar 95 that stated DIRNSA will manage all tactical SIGINT investment programs and ensure interoperability, connectivity, and modernization.

Assistant Secretary of Defense (C3I) Memo dated Jan 96 that implements the Mar 95 DepSecDef Memo and established a senior review board to resolve outstanding issues.

Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Steering Committee (memo) dated May 96 that outlined JASPO ensuring JASA compliance and NSA certifies systems as JASA compliant.

The CV philosophy verifies interoperability of tactical SIGINT systems by working within the existing acquisition process; ensures successful, cost effective satisfaction of the requirements and adherence to guidelines and standards; assist PMs in achieving interoperability certification. The CV process establishes an Interoperability, Commonality, and Modernization (ICM) team for interoperability certification. The ICM team, with PMs and NSA as co-leads and users, develops a plan to achieve required certification. The ICM team uses base acquisition documents (MNS, CRD, and ORD) and testing documents (TEMP and OT results) for certification. Mr. Lazaravich noted that the NSA certification program mirrored the JITC's interoperability certification efforts. Mr. Lazaravich extended an invite to Mr. Katz or NSA's designated representative to attend the JITC's interoperability conference held at Ft Huachuca, AZ in the last week of Apr.

ACTION ITEMS Mr. Clawson reviewed the following action items:

Item Assigned To Suspense Status
1. Develop Compliance Level 0 for DCGS/CIGSS JITC Next Meeting and TWG Open
2. Establish timelines for CL3 interoperability JITC Raise issue at next scheduled Core IPT Open
3. Develop Draft Test Register JITC Next Meeting Open

NEXT MEETINGMr. Schreiner reminded everyone that the next meeting was tentatively scheduled for end of May 1998 at a location to be determined.

ADJOURNMENT Mr. Lazarevich requested all attendees review the levels of compliance and applicability in the SIGINT and MASINT areas for further discussion at the next meeting and then adjourned the meeting.

ATTENDEES

Schreiner, Dave

JITC (BDM)

520-538-4368

schreind@fhu.disa.mil

Parker, Kevin

NSWCDD/T23

540-653-4217

klparke@nswc.navy.mil

Hardy, Dave

TRW (DTSE&E)

703-414-0201

hardyd@mail.etas.com

Myers, Fred

OSD/DTSE&E/SA

703-697-3406

myersfa@acq.osd.mil

Clawson, Kerry

JITC

520-533-5403

clawsonk@fhu.disa.mil

Cavalier, Jack

USATEC

703-428-6952

jack.r.cavalier@usace.army.mil

Meenehan, Mike

USASPO

703-275-5992

meenehanm@aspo.army.mil

Gotay, Jose

NIMA/ARE

703-808-0837

gotayj@nima.mil

Sanford, Beth

USASPO

703-275-5992

sanfordb@aspo.army.mil

Lazarevich, Aleks

DISA/JITC

520-538-5107

lazareva@fhu.disa.mil

Angstadt, John

NIMA SD SI

610-531-5041

john.angstadt@lmco.com

Plummer, Bill

NIMA SDP SI

703-448-6383

wgplummer@tasc.com

Katz Edward H.

DOD/K4T/TSPO

301-688-0499

elseek@aol.com

Steen, James

AFRL/IFEB

315-330-3080

steenj@rl.la.mil

Mahoney, Kelly

ESC/IYG (SAIC)

978-667-6365

kelly.j.mahoney@cpmx.saic.com

Becker, Curt

NIMA SE SI

301-227-7138

beckerc@nima.mil

Parkin, Elliot

IDA (DOT&E)

703-845-2325

eparkin@ida.org

Ferguson, Bob

OEC/OPTEC

703-681-9777

fergusonrobert@hq.optec.army.mil

Knightly, Johnna

DARO/DCGS Integration (C)

978-667-6365

johnna.m.knightly@cpmx.saic.com

Masse, Greg

CMO/(SAIC)

407-494-4526

gregory.a.masse@cpmx.siac.com

Mino, Jeanette

JSIPS-NIV&V (SAIC)

703-414-3820

Jeanette.t.Mino@cpmx.saic.com

Rowan Jr., Joseph A.

HQMC, C4I, CII (SAIC)

703-697-6563

rowanj@hqi.usmc.mil

Orr, Sara

ESC/IYG (MITRE)

781-271-7252

sorr@mitre.org