CPOF is also designed to allow a commander and the staff to make decisions via rapid dissemination of real-time information in their battlespace.
Limited bandwidth has not only limited the CPOF to being a map picture producer, it has also limited DCGS-A, the system developed specifically for intelligence analysts.
When it comes to compatibility, DCGS-A was supposed to be able to send overlays to CPOF. The intricacies in establishing a network that would allow this has required significant support from contractors for both systems working side by side for weeks at a time.
Although CPOF, DCGS-A, and FBCB2 were all developed for different reasons and developed separately with the intention of making them compatible at some point, the Army missed its mark.
Nearly all of the functions performed by CPOF and DCGS-A can be provided by Google Earth at this point.
This trend would continue through the validation exercise as the staff trained on CPOF with different types of group communications software.
And although there will not be a CPOF in every section, the use of SharePoint and other products developed at UE will make the transition to theater much smoother.