Our Intelligence Requirements & Collection Tool (ICMT) is developed over the years in close cooperation with national and NATO operators as part of Teleplan’s participation in the Multi-Sensor Aerospace-Ground Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) interoperability coalition (MAJIIC). The MAJIIC program was a multinational effort to maximize the military utility of surveillance and reconnaissance resources through the development and evaluation of operational and technical means for interoperability of a wide range of ISR assets.
The operational processes supported by ICMT can be visualized as seen in the figure below - The IRM & CM processes. The two main processes are IRM (Information Requirements Management) and CM (Collection Management). The former represents the longer-term planning to build intelligence, whereas the latter concerns using available ISR resources in order to support both IRM and on-going operations.
Applicable users of the system are:
• Requirement Managers & RFI Managers
• Collection Managers & ISR Planners
A typical ICMT site configuration consists of several clients and a common database server.
The client software provides system support to the IRM & CM processes. The integrated MARIA GIS component provides capabilities to interface and display maps and geographical data provided by a wide range of web map services, like Core GIS on NATO Secret WAN.
The ICMT database is a repository for storage and retrieval of IRM & CM data. Information related to assets, requirements, plans, requests, tasks and products are populated in this database.
The ICMT client is divided into functional workspaces, each composed by a set of windows, dialogs and functions to support steps in the IRM & CM processes and the roles involved. Many components are common for several workspaces.
Within the Intelligence Requirements Management function ICMT provides capabilities to develop, receive, manage and track Priority Intelligence Requirements (PIRs) and IRs and to ensure that they are successfully satisfied. PIRs are those intelligence requirements for which a commander has an anticipated and stated priority in the task of planning and decision-making.
ICMT supports users in developing and maintaining the ICP where the PIRs are the essential requirements. The ICP is a planning document or repository that matches PIRs with existing intelligence analytical resources that could be used to provide the required information to answer PIRs.
PIRs and IRs are managed on each site in the local ICP, but may also be shared with higher, subordinate and adjacent units. When assistance is desired to satisfy IRs, they are submitted as Requests for Information (RFIs). ICMT provides functionality to create, submit and track own RFIs, and to manage received RFIs.
Within the Collection Management function, ICMT supports users in developing and disseminating CRs. The purpose of CRs is to combine (or bundle) similar Essential Elements of Information (EEIs) from the ICP (similar with regards to locations, time and required ISR capabilities) to propose doing as much as possible with the limited ISR resources. CRs are recorded and tracked in the ISR Plan with associations to the EEIs that they satisfy in the ICP.
The system provides support to process Collection Requirements List (CRL) and Collection Task List (CTL). When collection coordination is required, CRs are passed up the chain of command as validated and prioritised CRs in the CRL. At the joint level, CRs assigned to subordinate commands/units are disseminated as CTL.
ICMT also provides functionality to disseminate CRs as ISR Requests (ISRRs), and to manage received ISRRs.