Defense Intelligence Agency
Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System (JWICS) x.509 Plug-In
The Defense Intelligence Agency uses a communication tool, IBM Sametime Instant Messaging software, as one of their primary collaboration tools. Prior to our deployment, real-time communication via the Internet was limited to only DIA JWICS users (the TS/SCI network), but agencies within the Intelligence Community have the need to collaborate with each other in a fast but secure way. CollabCenter was developed to resolve this problem. In order for DIA to connect to the “CollabCenter,” an x.509 plug-in was developed to connect their Sametime Chat instance to the CollabCenter, providing access to chat with other Intelligence Community-wide agencies instantly. This x.509 plug-in uses PKI certificates for authentication.
Upon implementation of the x.509 plug-in, DIA obtained the following capabilities:
- CIA authentication with a PKI certificate
- Full Directory Service (FSD) lookup of IC community contacts and buddy lists
- Provide presence awareness of all contacts (ability to see when buddies are available for communication)
- Ability to connect to the CollabCenter from native Sametime Connect client
- Collaborate instantly with members of the Intelligence Community (IC) over a secure TS/SCI network.
Due to AEEC’s efforts, DIA was the first agency in the Intelligence Community to successfully implement the x.509 plug-in. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) are currently utilizing AEEC’s documentation and lessons learned to facilitate their own implementation. Successful deployments of the plug-in at all three agencies will provide Intelligence Community-wide chat capability and interoperability.
Cross Domain Intelligence Release (CDIR) – Foreign Material Management System (FORMMS) Integration
Cross-Domain Intelligence Release is a single, consolidated multi-domain database and Information Management System based on Oracle’s Cross-Domain Security Express (CDSE) framework. FORMMS is a DIA-sponsored, multi-agency web application designed to track foreign materiel from the initial acquisition request and opportunity to the receipt, inventory, and then final dispersal of the item. AEEC’s goal for the CDIR-FORMMS integration was to replace the FORMMS Web production database with CDIR, and eventually provide users with a single interface for accessing data across multiple domains. Full integration of FORMMS Web with CDIR entails web services, search, fetch, publication of data and a persistent data feed.
AEEC provided expertise and support during every stage of the systems development lifecycle (SDLC), including analysis, design, build & test, pre-deployment, and implementation, across multiple classified and unclassified environments. By employing CMMI level 3 processes, AEEC was able to continuously exceed customer expectations in various tasks within the SDLC including analysis and design, development, integration and testing, C&A, content management, and handling of confidential data.
By virtualizing the database servers during the development phase of CDIR-FORMMS, AEEC was able to build servers quickly that could be duplicated consistently, reducing program costs by over $1 million and preventing installation and configuration errors.
Message Processing and Distribution System (MPDS) – ORION Data Layer
AEEC supports DIA’s ORION program to ensure programs are successfully integrated into the ORION data layer and to migrate the MPDS system into the ORION environment. The resulting single ORION data layer encompasses best of breed for all the combined programs, will be DI2E-compliant, and will provide timely global access to relevant, fused and actionable intelligence.
AEEC provides systems development, assessment, project management, system administration, integration, implementation, and technical support, which will lead to the successful development and deployment of MPDS-ORION. AEEC is involved in transitioning the current system to meet new system design requirements, and has had many successes to date:
- AEEC’s knowledge, experience and technical expertise to troubleshoot and resolve production issues consistently minimizes system downtime.
- Messages are reliably disseminated and profiled before being transferred.
- Code changes are tested in the development environment and transferred to production adhering to change management policies.
- Scripts are tested, automated and deployed to continuously process large volume of data.
- Due to the high volume of data, AEEC has provided additional storage and hardware to improve performance bandwidth.