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Requirements Management System (RMS)

The Requirements Management System (RMS) manages intelligence requirements for the National and DoD user community in support of the USIGS. RMS enables creation, review, and approval of imagery requests; tasks requirements for collection, production, and exploitation of imagery to appropriate locations; determines satisfaction of imagery requests; can modify imagery requests based on input form other sources of intelligence and provide a suite of analytical tools for the users to exploit. The RMS generated messages are dispatched for approval and subsequent collection and exploitation tasking. The system is central to current and future integrated imagery and geospatial information management architectures supporting national, military, and civil customers.

Nominations management services provide the coordination necessary to accept user requirements for new information; aggregate, assign, and prioritize these requirements; and track requirement satisfaction. These services are accomplished by the Imagery Exploitation Support System (IESS), Joint Collection Management Tool (JCMT), and Requirements Management System (RMS) GOTS software applications.

The collection manager determines, based upon knowledge of and availability of resources, what assets are best able to provide the data to satisfy each requirement. Information from several disciplines may be required and within each discipline specific platform and sensor technologies need to be selected. The JCMT and [beginning in late 1995] RMS are the applications used to support the collection manager in these activities. RMS is not planned to be used in current Navy imagery systems afloat. The RMS generated messages are dispatched for approval and subsequent collection and exploitation tasking. The schedule of operations is then translated into platform and sensor commands. The extent of collection management and platform control functions required at each CIGSS will vary with mission requirements. Each CIGSS utilizes IESS to respond to RMS exploitation tasking. CIGSS that will task and manage sensor systems (e.g., ASARS-2) will require sensor management functions that respond to RMS tasking. In addition, IESS also provides the capability to generate Imagery Information Need (IIN) data.

In 1995 the Central Imagery Office [CIO] began a major enhancement to the imagery requirements process by starting the transition to the Requirements Management System (RMS) as a replacement for the COMIREX Automated Management System. With 80 sites worldwide, RMS will provide 3,000 users with immediate feedback on requirements status. Half of the system's users were trained during 1995, and the remainder were trained in FY 1996.

The RMS achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) on 30 June 1996 with the deployment of systems and training of operators at over 80 word-wide locations. RMS is not planned to be used in current Navy imagery systems afloat. The schedule of operations is then translated into platform and sensor commands. RMS is founded on IBM technology with DB2 as the mainframe operations and UNIX, SuN Solaris and Sybase in development and at all operational locations.

Development and maintenance currently requires 300+ contractors to successfully implement the spiral development of continuous improvements for the RMS. The Integrated Development and Maintenance facility (IDMF) is co-located in Reston, VA and Valley Forge, PA. The IDMF provides nominally three major software releases per year to include enhancements and fixes to problems.

Specific to the RMS future development is the incorporation of Enhanced Imagery Systems (EIS) architecture and compliance: IOC scheduled for 3Q 1999. Evolutionary to the RMS development are enhancements requested by the user community to include, but not limited to, the exploration of Web technology, aircraft tasking, all-source prototyping, replication services (regional fileserver concept incorporating distributed database functionality) and laptop access to the RMS in the field. All such activities not currently baseline development activities and thus subject to funding.

On February 7, 1995 Government Systems Corporation, Imagery and Intelligence Processing, Westlake Village, California, was awarded an $11,762,008 face value increase to a cost-plus-award-fee contract. This contract is for software and hardware upgrades to the Computer Aided Tactical Information System and the Requirements Management System in support of the Department of Defense Intelligence Information System. Contract was expected to be completed April 1997. On August 15, 1995 GTE Government Systems corporation, Westlake Village, California, was awarded a $11,841,011 face value increase to a Cost Plus Award Fee contract for software and hardware upgrades to the Computer Aided Tactical Information System and the Requirements Management System in support of the Department of Defense Intelligence Information System. Contract was completed April 1997.

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