Air Force has deployed a new intelligence sharing capability
offering commanders and analysts at different locations an immediate
access to each other's intelligence imagery and services, utilizing
the recently fielded Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS)
Integration Backbone (DIB) provided by Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT).
By connecting three independent and autonomous intelligence
databases, located at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, Beale
Air Force Base in California, and a forward location in Europe,
DIB enabled qualified users operating DGCS an access to imagery
and intelligence libraries in real-time, at other Air Force
sites as well as other agencies. According to Colonel Alan Tucker,
Commander, 950th Electronic Systems Group, Electronic Systems
Center at Hanscom AFB, follow-on expansion of DIB will create
a worldwide intelligence sharing enterprise, providing users
with access to information portals offering immediate access
to more than 80 percent of the imagery produced.
The DCGS mission is to collect and process vast amounts of
intelligence and imagery from manned and unmanned reconnaissance
sources. Prior to the development of the DIB, intelligence analysts
had to visit multiple collection sources to locate the data
needed. By incorporating a set of common interface standards
and a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), the DIB connects
disparate locations and allows analysts with the appropriate
security clearance to access a multitude of intelligence sources.
Being SOA-based also facilitates the interface with other SOA-based
systems and assures the continuous evolution of a web of capabilities.