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1 November 1990 Need for secondary imagery dissemination systems
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Disseminating operationally important, time-critical intelligence information to key decision makers at all echelons in a modern battlefield environment is a complex communications problem. Intelligence imagery collection by a variety of sensors is accomplished quickly, and delivery of this gathered imagery using data link technology can be accomplished in nearly real time. The gathered data can be quickly and correctly processed and interpreted using state-of-the-art techniques. Resultant products can be provided to collocated echelons almost immediately. However, geographically separated, front-line commanders seldom receive the final imaged products of this communication process in a timely manner. In many instances, they must rely on textual representations of the imagery to make critical operational decisions because the imagery is difficult to disseminate m a timely manner using existing communications systems. There is an operational need to provide real time intelligence imagery to geographically separated, operational users. The technology exists to develop a secondary imagery dissemination system to fill this need. The purpose of this paper is to review the requirements for such a system and to discuss briefly the feasibility of applying line-of- sight radio frequency communications technology to develop such a system. A brief operational scenario will also be presented where the existence of such a dissemination system could be very important.
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Lewis D. Berry and Werner H. Balsterholt "Need for secondary imagery dissemination systems", Proc. SPIE 1342, Airborne Reconnaissance XIV, (1 November 1990);


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