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Combat Camera Systems (CCS)

Last Revised: April 20, 2017, 8:34 am
  • Cpl. Robert Reeves, combat camera reproduction chief with 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, guides Lance Cpl. James A. Trevino, a combat videographer also with 1st MEB, on how to operate machines for reproduction and printing jobs inside a Tactical Imagery Production System during Large Scale Exercise 2014 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Aug. 2, 2014.
    Combat Camera Systems (CCS)

Combat Camera Systems (CCS) enables operating forces combat camera (COMCAM) units with full-spectrum capability to support current and future expeditionary and crisis response audiovisual information-communication requirements for Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) net-centric operations.  CCS is comprised of a scalable professional-grade Family of Systems (FoS) employed by extensively trained COMCAM documentation and production teams that acquire, process, reproduce, distribute, transmit from forward positions, and archive in multiple formats, digital still and motion media products as primary suppliers of operational imagery supporting battlefield information superiority, and tactical and strategic mission objectives.  Current CCS FoS is comprised of the following: Tactical Imagery Production System (TIPS) V3; Combat Imagery Searchable Archive Database (CISAD); Combat Still Acquisition System (CSAS); Combat Video Acquisition System (CVAS); Visual Information Imagery Editing System (VIIES); Night Vision System Camera (NVSC).

Operational View: 
Combat Camera Systems Operational View
Operational Impact: 

Commanders supported by robust CCS capabilities will be provided timely imagery and multimedia products that facilitate operational analysis, planning, training and documentation to support strategic engagement. This digital media capability contributes to the Marine Corps ability to achieve and maintain information dominance, to produce combat dis-information, counter opponent’s propaganda, isolate and influence adversaries, support Theater Security Cooperation initiatives and build supporting relationships.

Program Milestone Status: 

Major components of the CCS FoS include cameras, computers, and reproduction equipment. These components are COTS equipment, which uses industry standard specifications and interfaces. The TIPS shelters, the Tactical Quiet Generators and the Environmental Control Units, which are GOTS items.

Receiving Units

Related Parts:

Part Name Developer/Manufacturer Location Congressional District Electoral Votes
CCS Parts Communications-Electronics Research Development and Engineering Center at Aberdeen Proving Grounds Aberdeen, Maryland District 2 10
CCS Parts B.E. Meyers Redmond, Washington District 1 12
CCS Parts Dell Round Rock, Texas District 31 38
CCS Parts Undisclosed Manufacturer Melville, New York District 3 29
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    The vision of the Concepts and Programs project is to provide political and military leaders with timely, accurate, and relevant information. The Concepts and Programs project is the premier strategic communications vessel the Marine Corps relies on to inform Congress, the Office of Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Think Tanks about the Corps’ vision.