The U.S. Army is the main branch of the U.S. Armed Forces responsible for land-based military operations. The main purpose of the Army is to preserve the peace and security and providing for the defense of the U.S., the Commonwealths, and possessions and any areas occupied by the U.S.; to support the national policies; to implement the national objectives; and to overcome any nations responsible for aggressive acts that imperil the peace and security of the U.S.
As a service-disabled, veteran-owned (SDVO) small business, IEA shares and supports Army’s mission and core values. Within the Army, we provide information technology (IT), systems engineering and technical assistance (SETA), and program management support services to the TRADOC Capability Manager (TCM) Ground Sensors (GS) and TCM Airborne/Aerial Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (AISR) Programs. We also support the Army by providing archivists and graphics support.
For the TCM-GS Program, IEA supported the U.S. Army Intelligence Center by identifying and documenting the GS development, training, and operations support in the areas of Signal Intelligence (SIGINT), Counter Remote Control Improvised Explosive Device (RCIED) Electronic Warfare (CREW), Measurement and Signature Intelligence (MASINT), Biometrics, and Human Intelligence (HUMINT). We provided monthly status reports, program budgets, program schedules, and deliverables, and we coordinated monthly meetings, logistics, travel, and other direct costs (ODCs). Our Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) served as the TCM-GS technical experts to provide input to the training developer, material developer, U.S. Army Intelligence Center, TRADOC, and the U.S. Department of the Army G2. These individuals created requirements and support documentation, monitored the development of IT systems, developed capability-related architectures and associated mission threads, and executed the architecture functionality. They frequently prepared and presented briefings to high-level U.S. Army commanders and DoD officials for the purpose of establishing new U.S. Army doctrine in the GS areas. Our performance on this contract assisted the U.S. Army in creating a modern and automated system that interoperates with National, Joint, and the Tactical Intelligence Community through Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A). Additionally, IEA maintained the TCM-GS ITSS Website and managed two subcontractors (Oberon and Serrano IT Services) to provide the required IT support. This contract received a 5 out of 5 rating at every monthly status review meeting providing strong evidence of customer satisfaction.
For the TCM-AISR Program, IEA provides program management services to help the Army develop, define, document, and defend critical manned and unmanned AISR systems and their sensors/payloads systems requirements, including documentation supporting the acquisition, testing, fielding, and sustainment of potential materiel systems’ solutions. This effort is an integral component for developing the AISR collection systems capabilities’ support for the U.S. Army and its conduct of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). In this effort, IEA performs budget preparation and analysis; updates requirements documentation to include Concept of Operations (CONOPS), Concepts of Employment (CONEMPS), and Operational View/Systems View (OV/SV) documents; and represents the program office at critical milestone meetings. Our team develops, defines, documents, and updates requirements, which involves coordinating people from all over the Army. IEA leads and directs the entire research, test, and documentation process.
Additionally, IEA provides support in the production of graphic objects and archiving of documents. Graphic objects such as maps and charts are used in Combat Studies Institute (CSI) publications which can be viewed at http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/csi/csipubs.asp. Archival collections that organize the large number of documents collected by various CSI research teams are necessary to support CSI’s publishing effort. IEA creates and revises graphic objects to illustrate CSI publications planned for distribution between June 2009 and June 2010. Short publications such as Occasional Papers may require 8–15 graphic objects, which include maps. Longer publications such as On Point II will require between 120–160 graphic objects including maps, charts, and photographs. CSI staff will provide draft maps, charts, photographs in digital format for conversion by IEA graphic designers into graphic objects suitable for inclusion in printed works. In some cases, this conversion process entails simple conversion of a photograph to a Tagged Image File Format (TIFF). In other cases, the conversion process entails taking information from a briefing slide and creating a chart or map in Adobe Illustrator. IEA is contracted to create/revise approximately 300 graphic objects per contract year.