Computer Management Services, Inc. and Titan working together for the National Imagery and Mapping Agency

The Commercial Imagery Program (CIP) in the Geospatial Information and Services Office of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) requires support to provide production operations at the Commercin1 Satellite Imagery Library (CSIL). In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, CSIL has launched into a 7-day operational surge requirement.

The CSIL which is currently managed by DIA’s office of Imagery Services as an executive agent for the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), supports CIP’s mission of providing the Imagery and Geospatial Community (IGC) access to commercial satellite imagery. CIP’s authority is derived from DoD Directive 5105.60, which designated NIMA as the “action agency” for the acquisition of commercial imagery. During FY’02, the function management and responsibility of the CSIL will be transitioned from DIA to NIMA.

sataThe CSIL serves as the primary repository within the IGC for previously purchased commercial and civil satellite imagery. It was created in 1996 to eliminate duplicate purchases and to gain maximum benefit and distribution of imagery already licensed to the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC). CSIL provides customers with 24-hour online ordering access to its imagery data via classified networks (Intelink and Intelink-S). Unclassified access will soon be available through the Commercial Imagery Accounting and Ordering (CIAO) tool. Since its introduction, CSIL has provided US Government users with over $162 million worth of commercial imagery while avoiding duplicated data purchases.

The CSIL production capability supports DoD/IC with rapid access to more than 29,000 commercial satellite images, additional scenes arrive daily, as well as dissemination services for those images. CSIL services approximately 100 requests per week accounting for an average of 775 commercial imagery scene disseminated community wide each week. During operational surge, CSIL can produce over 2500 products weekly. Products are disseminated through electronic and mail services. CSIL provides services through communication connections within DIA’s SCI, Secret, and Unclassified environments as well as external connections to DoD’s NIPRNET and dual T-1l service for SkyMedia satellite up-link site.

As a subcontractor to Titan, CMS is working as a Production/Archiving Computer Operator for the Commercial Satellite Imagery Library (CSIL), located at the Defense Intelligence Agency, Bolling AFB Washington DC. The NIMA Commercial Imagery Program uses the DIA managed Commercial Satellite Imagery Library (CSIL), as the primary repository within the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Intelligence Community (IC) commercial and civil imagery. CSIL provides customers 24 x 7 access to its data warehouse as well as imagery reproduction capabilities. The Production/Archiving Staff process customer service requests retrieved through online user interface, e-mail, telephone, and fax communications. This support includes operating automated data processing (ADP) systems for producing duplicate Satellite Imagery Scenes on CD-ROM’s from a variety of Commercial Satellite Imagery acquisition platforms including IKONOS, LandSat, SPOT, RADARSAT and others.

CMS performs CD Duplication, Image integrity verification using ERDAS IMAGINE image processing software and performs analysis on problematic imagery files. We stage and deliver completed orders via the SkyMedia electronic dissemination solution terminals. CMS inputs Commercial Imagery metadata into an on-line database and creates thumbnail images through the CSIL Database editing tool. Our staff maintains, verifies, and updates an on-line database and CD Library using a variety of unique software and processing programs as well as produce covers and labels for digital imagery products using a variety of software programs and hard copy output devices.