The Distributed Common Ground System – Army (DCGS-A) is a system of systems that integrated nine legacy stovepiped intelligence systems programs into one that gives commanders the ability to task battlespace sensors and receive intelligence information from multiple sources on the battlefield. DCGS-A contributes to visualization and situational awareness, thereby enhancing tactical maneuver, maximizing combat power and enhancing the ability to operate in an unpredictable and changing environment throughout the operational spectrum.
DCGS-A consists of both software and hardware. Hardware includes user laptops and desktops, fixed, portable and vehicle-mounted servers, and ground stations to receive, share and store collected intelligence. Software tools allow users to select and pull from DCGS-A’s 700-plus data sources, perform analysis and share intelligence products generated from that analysis.
DCGS-A supports the intelligence warfighting function to assist the commander’s visualization and understanding of the threat and other relevant aspects of the operational environment. The system assists in the application of the intelligence core competencies (intelligence synchronization, intelligence operations and intelligence analysis) through the ability to apply the intelligence process and to leverage the intelligence enterprise. DCGS-A is the Army’s cornerstone intelligence system for sensor tasking, processing, exploitation and dissemination at all echelons, and provides unprecedented, timely, relevant and accurate data to Soldiers up to the TS/SCI level.
The Army produces and fields DCGS-A capability on various hardware platforms using consolidated releases. DCGS-A’s modular, open systems architecture allows rapid adaptation to changing mission circumstances. As an analyst toolset, the system enables the user to collaborate, synchronize and integrate organic and nonorganic collection elements with operations; as the intelligence component supporting the operation, DCGS-A can discover and use all relevant threat, noncombatant, weather, geospatial and space data, and evaluate technical data and information. DCGS-A leverages commercial products, creating a level playing field for industry through an open architecture design. DCGS-A is capable of multi-intelligence processing and is built to intelligence community framework standards.
BENEFIT TO THE WARFIGHTER
DCGS-A Increment 1 connects Soldiers to multiple Joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms and sensors, the Intelligence Community, and other services and Army Mission Command systems. It gives commanders the ability to view intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information in one place. It also integrates that information into tools that can support intelligence development.