July 8, 2011 in News
The Army’s $2.7 billion computing system designed to share real-time intelligence with troops fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq has hurt, rather than helped, efforts to fight insurgents because it doesn’t work properly, several analysts who have used the system say. The analysts’ comments mirror concerns raised by the top military intelligence officer in Afghanistan and members of Congress over the past two years in an unsuccessful bid to get the Army to consider alternatives to its portion of the military’s Distributed Common Ground System, according to documents obtained by POLITICO. The Army system, known by the acronym DCGS-A, is a cloud-based computing network designed to collect information from multiple sources for real-time analysis that quickly puts usable intelligence in the hands of battlefield commanders. For example, a commander searching for an insurgent leader would benefit from being able to collect reports of that leader’s location and plot them on a map to make tracking easier.