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).
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.
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.