DCGS-ADistributed Common Ground System - Army
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The DCGS-A program manager, in concert with the Training and Doctrine Command Capabilities Manager-Sensor Processing (TCM--SP), and the Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), were able to rapidly acquire, ship, and build a "fly-away" kit of unclassified DCGS-A servers and laptops that gave the JFC a robust capability in Liberia, as well as Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where our intelligence reachback node operated.
Two of our greatest areas of growth were in system support for the DCGS-A component, and the implementation of a field support directorate with over 700 Field Service Representatives and Field Software Engineers.
The DCGS-A Commander's Handbook describes the DCGS-A as the "Army's primary intelligence system deployed across the Army in support of ground Army commanders.
DCGS-A was so unpopular with some Army units that they opted for a commercial alternative made by Palantir, a company founded in 2004 with government seed funding.
However, analysts believe that the DCGS-A was unable to perform simple analytical tasks in the past, and complained that its search tool made finding the information difficult.
DCGS-A is drastically changing the basic premise of how intelligence is collected and shared.
The purchased solution for DCGS-A provides access control to data across a security context that includes multiple platforms, various classified environments, multiple security credentials, and multiple protocols.
Additionally, the division signals intelligence (SIGINT) team successfully sent target intelligence data messages from the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communication System (JWICS) DCGS-A via the Tactical Communications Support Processor directly to the AFATDS reducing the time from high-side collection to target nomination for high payoff targets.
A series of independent government reports have pointed to significant weaknesses in DCGS-A.
DCGS-A Mobile Basic, also referred to as DCGS-A V4, is the next-generation system for gathering intelligence data and distributing it to soldiers throughout the battlefield.
This support includes integration, test, fielding, software, systems engineering and architectural support for the DCGS-A objective architecture to insure that all data modifications to the fusion brain and DCGS-A Standard Cloud are successful.