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AIRES (Advanced Imagery Reqs & Exploitation System)
Aires Life Extension (ALE)

The AIRES (Advanced Imagery Reqs & Exploitation System) Life Extension (ALE) is a legacy imagery exploitation management and reporting system that was replaced by the NIMA Exploitation System (NES) in August 1999. ALE was a DoD system for imagery collection, exploitation, and reporting management which supports the total IMINT cycle. Providing DoD's link to the National Imagery Community primarily for aiding DIA analysts and command collection managers, ALE tetrieves and disseminates on-line imagery data to worldwide users.

ALE research support includes prediction of coverage for targets and groups of targets (mission data). ALE can access national & dept collection management data, allowing review of exploitation reporting and geographic area coverage. The system can aggregate IMINT data to support analytical and production activities, and is good at helping establish a target baseline. Exploitation support includes generating on-line exploitation requirements and reports, providing exploitation management functions, review and validation of capabilities, and exploitation support resource accounting. Requirements management functions include providing a Military Intelligence Integrated Data System / Intelligence Data Base (MIIDS / IDB) interface. ALE supports researching target data, creating new targets, validates targets, reviewing National Exploitation Tasking Messages (NETMs), reviews statistical summary data, creates, Indication & Warning messages. Imagery indexing functionality includes retrieve, display, and access of imagery data based on misson-related data, and display of targets and WAG-50s covered.

DIA mainframe host computer provides the indexing, profiling, and dissemination functions for all data received or generated by ALE to external systems via CAMP. Each user site has its own server containing the ALE software which allows interface w/the DIA host. Uses TCP/IP with DSNET 3. The server is a SUN SPARC running SUN OS 4.13, Solaris 2.X, or Ultrex 4.4; needs a min of 60 MB free (plus 2 MB per user), 32 MB RAM, and 8-bit accelerated 2D/3D color graphics. Server does not have to be totally dedicated. Workstations are DEC(A) running Ultrix 4.4 and DEC Windows, min 20MB free (plus 2 MB per user), with 32MB RAM and an 8-plane, HX graphics card, HP UX 10.0. Crypto requirements are handled by DSNET 3/JWICS.

Normal locations include SCI Facilities, DIA and external sites within DOD.

Only textual products can be generated and retrieved. ALE can produce IIRs, IPIRs, RECCEXREPs, SUPIRs, CEPIRs, DCRs, Imagery Analysis Memoranda, and topic reports (IAW NERCM). It can provide reports used for admin, research and support functions, such as exploitation resource accounting and requirements management. The system allows creation of Seed Noms and CTTS for transmission to RMS.

This system migrated to the IESS standard by 1998, and subsequently converge to the ESS configuration by 2001. The Exploitation Support System (ESS) will be the community's common imagery exploitation support system. Both the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) Exploitation System (NES) and IESS will migrate to ESS by the end of FY01. Agency Program: The DoD is in the process of establishing a simplified baseline of the best, common information systems across the business functions of the Department. These migration systems represent a stage of process improvement designed at achieving a common set of automated processes and practices in DoD.

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