Defense Management: Stronger Oversight of Joint Service Imagery Processing System Needed
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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This report summarizes the General Accounting Offices review of the Defense Departments management of the Joint Service Imagery Processing System JSIPS. We focused specifically on whether 1 the JSIPS program had kept to original cost, schedule, and performance estimates 2 user requirements had been fully considered in JSIPS design, development, and planned testing 3 JSIPS program decisions had been appropriately coordinated with closely related imagery programs and 4 the Department of Defense DOD had exercised adequate oversight of program activities. JSIPS-a deployable, ground-based imagery receiving and processing system-will be at the heart of a complex and much larger system that collects data, processes it, and disseminates pictures and reports to battlefield commanders. Imagery sensors carried on board both national systems and tactical manned and unmanned aircraft will collect the data and transmit it to JSIPS, where it will be received, recorded, and processed. In the JSIPS processing shelters, military personnel will analyze the data before forwarding pictures and reports to battlefield users equipped with image- receiving capability.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
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