Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A) is a system-of-systems that supports the intelligence warfighting function to assist the commander’s visualization and understanding of the threat and other relevant aspects of the operational environment. DCGS-A 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 (PED) at all echelons, and provides unprecedented, timely, relevant and accurate data to Soldiers from Non-Secure Internet Protocol Router up to the Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information level. It gives commanders the ability to task battlespace sensors and receive intelligence information from multiple sources on the battlefield.
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.
The Army produces and fields DCGS-A capability on various hardware platforms using consolidated software 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.
Future technology upgrades of DCGS-A will be accomplished through a series of Capability Drops (CD), in which requirements are broken into smaller bundles, allowing for faster, more agile acquisition and fielding by leveraging existing commercial capabilities. CD 1 addresses requirements at the battalion echelon, and CD 2 will address the Strategic Data Platform.
BENEFIT TO THE SOLDIER
DCGS-A connects Soldiers to the Intelligence Community, other Services, multiple joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms and sensors and Army Mission Command systems. It gives commanders the ability to view ISR information in one place. It also integrates that information into tools that can support intelligence development.
- Intelligence Fusion Server (IFS): Primary interface between echelon DCGS-A subsystems, external IFS and the other Army Mission Command systems
- Portable Multifunctional Workstation: Used to plan, manage and synchronize ISR assets, maintain situational awareness, populate the enemy portion of the common operational picture, generate threat reports, develop and nominate targets, develop trends and produce tailored geospatial and weather products
- Fixed Multifunctional Workstation: Provides reach-back capabilities to the warfighter and is a multi-intelligence platform that provides fully integrated and timely intelligence to the battlefield
Cross Domain Server Set: Allows the transfer of data, combat information and intelligence at appropriate security levels between analysts
- Tactical Intelligence Ground Station (TGS): Tactical geo-intelligence PED and targeting node. TGS retains Common Ground Station capability and functionality; upgrades the hardware; adds more moving target identification (MTI), full motion video and imagery exploitation capability; and provides totally integrated stand-alone imagery, MTI and video sensor processing
- Geospatial Intelligence Work Station: Provides geospatial and imagery analysts within tactical and operational Army units the ability to process, view, exploit, transmit and store geospatial and imagery information via Army area communications from brigade to echelons above corps
- Operational Intelligence Ground Station: Consolidates the capabilities of the AN/TYQ-224A, GUARDRAIL Ground Baseline and the Tactical Exploitation System Forward
- Intelligence Processing Center: V1 provides a suite of core PED applications for intelligence analysis and storage. V2 is the basic combat training and division commander’s primary ISR networking; analysis, production system for tasking of sensors PED support
1QFY16: DCGS-A Increment 1, Release 2 Fielding decision
2QFY16: Increment 1, Release 2 First Unit Equipped (FUE)
1QFY18: Increment 1, Release 2, Service Pack 1 (SP1) FUE
1QFY19: SP1 transitions to Software Engineering Center
4QFY19: Full Deployment
1QFY19: DCGS-A CD 1 – Battalion Solution, Operational Assessment
2QFY19: DCGS-A CD 2 – Strategic Data Platform, Contract Award