Joint Interoperability Test Command
Motion Imagery Standards Laboratory (MIS-LAB)
Compliance Testing Process
The Motion Imagery Standards Laboratory (MIS-LAB) Compliance Test and Evaluation is conducted at the Joint Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Test & Evaluation (JISR T&E) Facility recommends that the sponsor/developer contact the JITC MIS-LAB Test Director (contact information provided on the home page and below) to request and discuss particular testing needs. The MIS-LAB recommends, prior to testing, the sponsor/developer provide sample Motion Imagery (MI) data for a Quick Look Assessment (QLA) or "Trusted Agent Report" to evaluate and offer guidance with any issues or problems found with the Implementation Under Test (IUT). A "Trusted Agent Report" is only provided to the original company/individual that requested the evaluation and no one else – results are not shared with anyone.

Requested sample data must consist of the following:
  • 1-5 MI files
  • Each MI file must be 1-3 minutes in length
  • Each MI file must have:
    • MPEG-2 Transport Stream
    • MPEG-2 and /or H.264 video compression
    • Metadata
    • Audio files if available

The MIS-LAB will provide QLAs at a low cost to ensure a positive result from testing or possible elimination of any regression testing. We recommend that any issues be resolved prior to administrative funding.

After the MI sample file issues are resolved, the sponsor/developer must complete the formal administrative process for the Standards Compliance Test (SCT). The administrative forms (Compliance Test Request (CTR) 1, 2, and 3) and the latest Program Plan can be found on our website located under "Documentation/Testing Request Documentation". Read the latest version of the MIS-LAB Program Plan and complete and submit the aforementioned forms (CTR 1, 2, and 3) to the JITC Test Director. The Program Plan provides further details regarding the process and procedures of JITC's Motion Imagery Standards Compliance Testing.

Once the sponsor/developer has read the Program Plan and has submitted the CTR forms for testing, the JITC Test Director will determine if the sponsor/developer is either:

  • Commercial Company
    • Complete and submit the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) worksheet.
    • The CRADA document will be formally completed with the information provided and sent back to sponsor/developer for signature and submission.
    • Once the CRADA is approved and the test funding has been received, the MIS-LAB will request that the IUT be sent to JITC for testing.

  • Government not commercial
    • The MIS-LAB will provide a Plan of Action and Milestone (POA&M) to describe and identify the testing, timelines, and cost affiliated with the SCT.
    • The JITC Interoperability Test Action Officer will cooperate with the sponsor/developer regarding funding.
    • Once the paperwork is completed and approved and the test funding has been provided, the MIS-LAB will request that the IUT be sent to JITC for testing.

The Formal Compliance Testing is executed at the Joint Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Test & Evaluation (JISR T&E) Facility, Fort Huachuca, AZ. Once the JITC Test Director evaluates the schedule and establishes an available date for testing, the sponsor/developer will be notified and requested to send the IUT (encoder/decoder) to the JISR T&E Facility for testing two to three weeks prior to the established test date. The actual testing length will vary depending on the IUT's features and the capabilities being tested (typically the SCT requires a minimum of two to three weeks). Due to the complexity of the decoder, decoder testing generally lasts longer than encoder testing.

If any issues or problems occur during the SCT, the MIS-LAB will complete a Test Incident Report (TIR) summary with the description, level of impact, and complexity during testing. Depending on the severity of errors and/or the level of impact, the MIS-LAB will contact the sponsor/developer to discuss the options and provide recommendations. After discussing the TIR issues, if the level of impact is serious or requires hardware changes, the MIS-LAB will stop testing until the issues are resolved and will continue with "Regression Testing" once the corrections have been made. If the TIR issues are not severe, the test team will continue with a "Test-Fix-Test" to progress towards the completion of the SCT.

Upon completion of the SCT, the MIS-LAB will examine and analyze the collected test data to verify that the IUT properly encodes and decodes MISP formatted files. Based on test results, the MIS-LAB will determine which of the following registration designations applies to the IUT: unconditional, conditional, provisional, or withheld. The JITC will integrate all accumulated results into an individual MIS-LAB compliance test report. The JITC Test Director will review the report and recommendation and forward its compliance registration decision to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the client. The test report will indicate if the IUT met the criteria for MISP compliance. If it is determined that the IUT is MISP compliant, the JITC MIS-LAB will issue a Standards Compliance Registration letter and add the IUT to the MISP Registry.

The MIS-LAB Compliance Registry identifies those systems, products, and components which have successfully completed MISP testing or have received a derived registration.

The aforementioned discussion applies to the routine compliance registration and registration renewal processes. Registrations and waivers derived from certain test criteria can also be obtained. Call the MIS-LAB CTE Facility for additional information regarding these opportunities.
Contact Information
By Phone:
  Action Officer - (520) 538-3249 /
  DSN 879-3249