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MOVING TARGET INDICATOR (MTI) FORMAT STANDARDS COMPLIANCE AND INTEROPERABILITY TEST PROGRAM
ABOUT MTI STANDARDS COMPLIANCE TESTING
Updated: 4/28/2015 3:15:53 PM

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STANDARDS COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS [back to top]

DoD CIO published DoD Instruction 8320.02, “Sharing Data, Information, and Information Technology (IT) Services in the Department of Defense”, Section 3.b states the following:

      All DoD activities implement applicable standards and specifications as cited in the DoD IT Standards Registry (DISR) (accessible at https://gtg.csd.disa.mil), or any future DoD-designated registry for IT and data sharing standards.

NATO STANAG 4607 JAS (Edition 3) – NATO Ground Moving Target Indicator (MTI) Format, page 2, section 2, states:

“This NATO Standardisation Agreement (STANAG) is promulgated by the Chairman of the NATO Standardisation Agency (NSA) under the authority vested in him by the NATO Military Committee. No departure may be made from the agreement without consultation with the Custodian. Participating nations agree to develop MTI data formats with reference to this STANAG. Nations may propose changes at any time to the control authority where they will be processed in the same manner as the original agreement. Ratifying nations have agreed that national orders, manuals, and instructions implementing this STANAG will include a reference to the STANAG number for purposes of identification.”

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BACKGROUND AND AUTHORITY [back to top]

In 2008, STANAG Custodian Support Team nominated JITC as the test validation agency for STANAG 4607 for the US and for the NATO Nations. In March 2010, JITC released the first signed test plan and is maintained every year in accordance with the STANAG updates.

In addition to rendering compliance testing, NGA sponsors JITC in provisioning the NSG community with technical support services and access to its test capabilities (i.e. test procedures, test software, test data) to aid GEOINT programs and GWG in the compliant development, interpretation, and implementation of GEOINT interoperability standards.

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STANDARDS COMPLIANCE TESTING [back to top]

MTI standards compliance testing is the test and evaluation of data assets to produce and/or support MTI products, in compliance with community (i.e. DISR/ESB) and program specific structural (i.e. format metadata), semantic (i.e. descriptive metadata), and content (i.e. functional metadata) requirements intended to achieve interoperability between interfaces and across the enterprise.

MTI Standards Compliance Testing

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COMPLIANCE TESTING PROCESS [back to top]

MTI standards compliance testing is a requirement for MTIF producers, per Annex J, AEDP-7, and begins with the submission of a Compliance Test Request, available in Forms. This provides JITC the basic information necessary to begin coordinating testing with a program. The test process includes four stages with varying levels of duration depending on the program’s maturity and complexity; these are as such.

STAGE
OBJECTIVE
DELIVERABLES
1. Functional
    Requirements
    Analyses
Analyze requirements documents (e.g. CONOPS, CPD, ISP) to determine format and content requirements per product. Requirements Analysis Results
2. Design
    Specification
    Analyses
Analyze the design specification(s) to verify compliance to community standards (e.g. STANAG 4607 and AEDP-7) and program specific requirements (e.g. data, metadata, alternate formats). Specification Analysis Results
3. Standards
    Compliance
    Assessments
- For generate capable implementations assess the developmental samples against design specification to determine current state of compliance.
- For interpret capable implementation early assess of interface against the appropriate test suite of products to determine current state of compliance.
Assessment Reports
4. Standards
    Compliance Tests
- For generate capable implementations test the operational samples against design specification to determine final state of compliance.
- For interpret capable implementation test the proposed final releasable interface against the appropriate test suite of products to determine final state of compliance.
Test Report & Registration


The test is an official, for-the-record event resulting in a test report outlining the scope, methodology, limitations, analyses, and configurations. The registration process is being formalized, but at present the STANAG 4607 Custodian manages the registration of systems. Values and segments that require registration should be submitted in accordance with the procedures outline in AEDP – 7, Annex O.

      The JITC will coordinate with the Standards Branch, CIO on any controversial issues or significant unresolved anomalies discovered during testing prior to the publication of final test reports and issuance of certification letters. Copies of all certification letter and test reports will be furnished to the Standards Branch.

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COMPLIANCE REGISTRATION [back to top]

A compliance registration (i.e. certification letters) for the tested configuration will be issued if the implementation is found to be compliant. An implementation has the greatest chance to achieve registration if the program engaged JITC early in the development process, and conducted periodic assessments throughout the development process. Registration certificates maintained from JITC with the STANAG 4607 Custodian.