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Contingency Airborne Reconnaissance System - CARS

The Contingency Airborne Reconnaissance System [CARS] is is a multi-segment, multi-intelligence (multi-INT), theater intelligence gathering exploitation and dissemination system. CARS provides day/night, all-weather, near-real-time multi-INT processing, exploitation, and dissemination of data derived from the U-2R aircraft. CARS is comprised of 27 transportable shelters and is capable of deployment to support operational requirements within 72 hours. Each shelter is 10 by 22 feet and can be transported by air, sea, or highway.

This system will migrate 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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