PM DCGS-A

PM Distributed Common Ground System ‑ Army

Mission

Field and sustain modernized intelligence systems through an exceptional workforce of dedicated and professional acquisition specialist and integrate best of breed solutions for the battlefield of tomorrow.

Vision

Provide cutting-edge solutions to enable the Army’s Intelligence warfighter.

Description

DCGS-A is a system of systems and consists of more than 60 components. DCGS-A Increment 1 includes the Portable Multi-function Workstation (P-MFWS), the Fixed Multi-Function Workstation (F-MFWS), the Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Workstation (GWS), the Intelligence Fusion Server (IFS), the Cross Domain Solution Suite (CDSS), the Tactical Intelligence Ground Station (TGS), the Operational Intelligence Ground Station (OGS), and the Intelligence Processing Center (IPC).

Product Managers

Fielding & Training

Intel Processing Center (IPC) v1

MISSION

The primary mission of IPCv1 is to support each of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) Military Intelligence Brigades (MIB), facilitating each MIB in providing critical strategic and theater-level intelligence to their assigned regional combatant commands and Army Service Combatant Commands (ASCC).  The IPCv1 provides the MIB units a suite of core Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination (PED) applications, processing power and storage for intelligence analysis.

DESCRIPTION

The DCGS-A IPCv1 provides the infrastructure to host storage and compute capacity for DCGS-A mission software, as well as providing networking, search/retrieval capability through access to the DCGS Integrated Backbone (DIB), and data management.  The IPCv1s currently support five MIBs globally (three CONUS and two OCONUS) in accordance with current authorization documents.  There is a full suite of IPCv1 hardware and software for each security domain required by each MIB’s mission set.

SYSTEM INTERDEPENDENCIES

The IPCv1 connects to established garrison communication links and requires each unit to setup, manage and maintain ingest of multiple intelligence data feeds.  The IPCv1 also provides processing and storage support to the Army Processing Exploitation and Dissemination (PED) sites, as well as to the five Geospatial Planning Cells (GPC), as they generate Theater Geospatial Data (TGD) finished products to their regional combatant commands.  Each IPCv1 provides local space to load the DCGS-A V3 mission software.

PROGRAM STATUS

The current five MIBs \are undergoing a hardware and software refresh to provide the most up to date processing suite and mission software offered by the DCGS-A Family of Systems.  Additionally, eight new sites across the force have been identified through 2018 authorization documents to be fielded IPCv1 systems.

PROJECTED ACTIVITIES

The way ahead for IPCv1 implements architecture and component improvements to provide enterprise-class networking, storage, and processing capabilities within the IPCv1 environment, increasing efficiencies while reducing the overall operational hardware footprint.  These improvements and reductions will be accomplished through consolidation and modernization phases, combining existing and planned hardware/software capabilities, within the objective IPCv1 environment.  The successful implementation will provide a robust underlying environment capable of supporting a reduced footprint cloud-based mission architecture. Utilizing the existing and planned infrastructure, as well as making management software component changes, the modernized IPCv1 will support virtual infrastructure, logging capabilities, storage level data replication, management tools, and backup/archival software capabilities in an enterprise-class solution.

Fixed Multi-Function Workstation (F-MFWS)

MISSION

Provides the Warfighter the DCGS-A front-end workstation capability throughout the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) Military Intelligence Brigades (MIB).  This multi-intelligence workstation provides the IPCv1 users a suite of geospatial and imagery intelligence processing, exploitation and dissemination functionality.

DESCRIPTION

The front-end user workstation connected to the IPCv1 offers two powerful systems, based on mission set.

SYSTEM INTERDEPENDENCIES

F-MFWS connects to the IPCv1 and DCGS-A V3 system at the MIBs.  The two levels of system, 1700 and 7910, provides the flexibility within DCGS-A to offer units a means of ensuring every analyst has the processing speed needed to successfully complete their specific mission set.

PROGRAM STATUS

The F-MFWS family of hardware is continually being refreshed in the field, based on initial fielding dates and the stated 5-year refresh schedule.  Units are allocated specific numbers of F-MFWS based on the Army G8 documented authorizations.

PROJECTED ACTIVITIES

The F-MFWS hardware suite is undergoing a trade study analysis in FY18 in order to cover end of life requirements.  The study is reviewing the latest industry hardware and processors in order to keep the users up to date with larger and more complex data sets.

Intel Fusion Server (IFS)

MISSION

Provide a suite of core Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination (PED) Applications for Intelligence Analysis and storage for tactical and organizational formations with the capability to maintain multi-intelligence level databases, threat situational awareness and standard shareable Geospatial foundation services.

DESCRIPTION

The IFS has core PED applications on a server to provide users the analytic and storage capability to support multi-domain intelligence, geospatial, civil affairs, space operations and special operations in a full spectrum environment.  Access to the IFS is gained through the Portable Multifunctional workstation by the use of programs by way of network connections.

The IFS is employed at maneuver, maneuver support, and sustainment organizations at select battalion, brigades, divisions and theater level. The IFS relies on DCGS-A Intelligence Processing Centers for bulk storage as well as network access for sensor feeds.

SYSTEM INTERDEPENDENCIES

Portable Multifunctional Workstation (P-MFWS), Intelligence Processing Centers (IPC), Cross Domain Server Set (CDSS), Geospatial Intelligence Workstation (GWS) and Operational Intelligence Ground Station (OGS).

PROGRAM STATUS

Ongoing Technical Refresh

PROJECTED ACTIVITIES

FY18 – Replacing IFS at Maneuver Battalion with Battalion Configuration Software hosted on ruggedized P-MFWS

Tactical Server Infrastructure (TSI)

MISSION

The TSI is the life cycle replacement to the DCGS-A Intelligence Fusion Server (IFS) and Project Manager (PM) Mission Command (MC) in FY17, and the Command Post Computing Environment (CP CE) Version 3 (v3) common hardware platform in FY19.  TSIs will host separate Intel and OPS environments/software applications/capabilities throughout the CP.

DESCRIPTION

The TSI (DCGSA variant) has core Processing Exploitation and Dissemination (PED) applications on a server to provide users the analytic and storage capability to support multi-domain intelligence, geospatial, civil affairs, space operations and special operations in a full spectrum environment.  Access to the TSI (DCGSA variant) is gained through the Portable Multifunctional Workstation (P-MFWS) by the use of programs by way of network connections.

The TSI (DCGSA variant) is employed at maneuver, maneuver support, and sustainment organizations at select battalion, brigades, divisions and theater level.  The TSI (DCGSA variant) relies on DCGS-A Intelligence Processing Centers for bulk storage as well as network access for sensor feeds.

SYSTEM INTERDEPENDENCIES

Portable Multifunctional Workstation (P-MFWS), Intelligence Processing Centers (IPC), Cross Domain Server Set (CDSS), Geospatial Intelligence Workstation (GWS) and Operational Intelligence Ground Station (OGS).

PROJECTED ACTIVITIES

  • FY18.  Field the SP1 software using the TSI (DCGSA variant) hardware.
  • FY19.  Convergence.  Complete the system design that will enable the DCGSA and MC software to run on the same hardware platform.

Geospatial Intelligence Workstation (GWS)

MISSION

Provides geospatial analysts and imagery analysts within tactical and operational Army units the ability to process, view, exploit, manage, transmit and store geospatial and imagery information via Army area communications from brigade to EAC.

DESCRIPTION

The GWS is the prime DCGS-A workstation for geospatial and imagery intelligence processing, exploitation and dissemination. It provides Geospatial Engineers and Imagery Intelligence Analysts within tactical and operational Army units with the ability to process, view, exploit, manage, transmit, and store geospatial and imagery information, via Army area communications from brigade to echelons above corps (EAC).

SYSTEM INTERDEPENDENCIES

All DCGS-A configured Servers

PROGRAM STATUS

Ongoing Technical Refresh, final displacement of Digital Topographic Support Systems (DTSS) with GWS expected completion of CY19. Currently fielding 4th ID with DCGS-A GWS’s accordance with G8 Fielding Guidance.

PROJECTED ACTIVITIES

  • FY18:  Fielding
  • FY18: GWS Redesign

DCGS-A Tactical Intel Ground Station (TGS)

MISSION

The Primary Mission of the Tactical intelligence Ground Station (TGS) is to be the Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) solution for Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs), Expeditionary MI Brigades (E-MIBs), Divisions, and Corps.   Operated by a crew of six 35G (Geospatial Intelligence Analyst) Soldiers, the TGS deploys as a combat multiplier and enables the BCT S2, DIV G2 or Corps G2 to receive, correlate, process, store, and display actionable GEOINT Data in support of Indications and Warnings (I&W) at the tactical level as well as Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination (PED) execution to answer the maneuver commander’s priority intelligence requirements (PIR) and support their decision making process in the conduct of unified land operations (ULO).

DESCRIPTION

In order for TGS to successfully accomplish its Mission, it has been configured with an array of OMNI & Directional Antenna solutions from SATCOM, UHF, VHF, KU, C/L/S, & CDL for operating On-The-Move (OTM) & At the Halt. TGS has the ability to receive, process, display three feeds indirectly or directly simultaneously. Ground Moving Target Indicators (GMTI) are received from the Air Force’s Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) E-8C by the OZ-74(V)1/GRY & OZ-63/ARY-1, SCDL (Secure Common Data Link) Antenna & GDT (Ground Data Terminal). Furthermore, TGS is configured but not fielded (except for LOT E) with a Tactical Common Data Link (TCDL) Mini-T2 that has the capability of receiving GMTI from other Air Assets to include but NOT limited to: Army Airborne Reconnaissance Low (ARL), US Navy P3 Littoral Surveillance Radar System (LSRS), Global Hawk, Vehicle and Dismount Exploitation Radar (VADER). In FY18 thru FY19 the 11 x newly manufactured TGS’s, AN/TSQ-179E(V)2 will be fielded with a TCDL Antenna Solution.

For receiving, processing, and displaying Full Motion Video (FMV) from Unmanned Aerial Sensors (UAS), TGS has been configured with the PM-UAS One System Remote Video Terminal (OSRVT) with a Remotely Operated Video Enhanced Receiver (ROVER 6) and an extended range Mobile Directional Antenna System (MDAS) Antenna. Additionally, TGS is configured with the PM-WIN-T Global Broadcast Service (GBS), (AN/TSR-8/11). This provides satellite-based broadcast capability for receiving video, data, imagery, MTI, and other information from high powered broadcast satellites. The 35Gs are not responsible for analyzing or exploiting IBS or SIGINT information however, IBS and collateral SIGINT capability in the TGS is received via the Joint Tactical Terminal. (JTT)  The JTT-Sr is primarily for correlation with GEOINT Products. In FY18 thru FY19, the newly manufactured TGS, AN/TSQ-179E(V)2, will be fielded with an ENTRV2 which is an interim replacement solution for JTT-SR until FY25.

SYSTEM INTERDEPENDENCIES

Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS), Global Positioning System (GPS), Satellite and Tactical Radio Communications Systems, Global Broadcast Service (GBS), Integrated Broadcast Service (IBS), One System Remote Video Terminal (OSRVT)

PROGRAM STATUS

  • 1QFY18: TGS Simplification Working Group
  • 2QFY18: CTSF AIC Test 11-12.19 for SW Transition from SP-D 2.0 (SW v3.1.7.4.1.1) to SP-1 (SW v3.2.5)

PROJECTED ACTIVITIES

  • 3QFY18-3QFY19: Field Lot-E Tactical Intelligence Ground Station to 11 x E-MIBs (Compo 1/2/3)
  • 3QFY18 – 3QFY22: SW Fielding – transition to SP-D 2.0 to SP-1
  • 3QFY20-3QFY25: Pure fleet the current 89 x TGS in the field (Modification Work Orders – MWO)

Intel Processing Center (IPC) v2

MISSION

BCT, Division, and Corps Commander’s primary ISR networking; analysis, production system for Tasking of Sensors, Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination (TPED) support.

DESCRIPTION

The IPC-2 is the nexus of intelligence operations in the BCT/DIV/CORPS. The IPC-2 is the commanders’ primary Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) management networking and analytical support system. The IPC-2 establishes connectivity with Portable Multifunction Workstations (P-MFWS), the CI/HUMINT Automated Tool Set (CHATS), Tactical Intelligence Ground Station (TGS), Geospatial Intelligence Workstation (GWS), Prophet Control, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) within the commands area of operation. The IPC-2 uses the Local Area Network (LAN) for connectivity, with higher and lower, for database updates, threat alerts, and Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB) products. In turn, the IPC-2 forwards message traffic, originating within the maneuver brigade and subordinate battalions, to the Division/Corps ACE and to Echelons Above Corps.

SYSTEM INTERDEPENDENCIES

Intelligence Fusion Server, Cross Domain Server Set, P-MFWS, CHATS, TGS, GWS, IPC-1, Light Tactical Vehicles, S-788 Shelter, and Improved Environmental Control Units

PROGRAM STATUS

There are two versions of the IPC-2:

  • AN/TYQ-103C(V)3 is fielded to 57 of 58 BCTs, and 17 of 18  Divisions and 3 of 3 Corps have a modified variant.
  • AN/TYQ-103D(V)2 is fielded to 1 of 58 BCTs, 1 of 18 Divisions, and 0 of 3 Corps

PROJECTED ACTIVITIES

Build 41x IPC-2is in FY18 and 10x in FY19 to field half the requirements for the IPC-2 by the end of FY19.

DCGS-A Operational Intel Ground Station (OGS)

MISSION

The DCGS-A OGS consolidates the capabilities of the AN/TYQ-224A, GUARDRAIL Ground Baseline (GGB) and the Tactical Exploitation System (TES) Forward.

DESCRIPTION

The OGS is contained in an S-280 shelter that provides three main networks of processing; JWICS, NSANET, SIPRNet.  For SIRPNET and JWICS the OGS will utilize the standard DCGS-A v 3.2 software baseline with some required additions to process aerial layer data.   For NSANET, the OGS currently uses SECs Tactical SIGINT Baseline (TSB) which provides the specific processing and interface required for the GRCS and EMARSS.  In the future, the TSB functionality will be rolled into the NSANET version of v3.2.  The OGS includes a quantity of 3 Tactical Common Data Links (TCDLs) for receiving data via Line-of-Sight from the aerial layer assets.  At the Aerial Exploitation Battalions (AEBs) the OGS is fielded with a Tactical SATCOM System (TSS) to provide SATCOM connectivity back to the PED center.  At the Corps, the OGS are currently supplemented with the AMDAS Dissemination Vehicle (ADV) which is a single HMMWV which also tows an AMDAS antennae.  This vehicle provide the National IMINT and SIGINT requirements of the Corps which are not currently satisfied by the OGS S-280 shelter.

SYSTEM INTERDEPENDENCIES

The OGS is the Ground station for the Army Aerial Layer and is responsible for downlinking from GRCS, EMARSS and in the near future ARL-E.   Continuous coordination is required with PM SAI and INSCOM to ensure that the OGS continues to be able to communicate with and process data coming off those platforms. As changes are made to the sensors or communications architecture, these changes also need to be applied to the ground architecture.

PROGRAM STATUS

To date, eleven OGSs have been built, and the last three are in the process of being fielded to operational units. One OGS is fielded to each Corps and each AEB will get a quantity of 2 OGSs. A twelfth OGS is currently being built to accelerate the process of refreshing 3 OGS systems that have each been deployed for at least 6 years. Upon completion of the refresh activities, OGS 12 is slated to support testing and training activities.

PROJECTED ACTIVITIES

Complete the fielding and refresh activities identified above.  Also addressing user requirements for providing the same functionality provided in the OGS for situations where a smaller footprint or reduced classification level for data processing is available.  A few examples are the OGS Lite for processing collateral only EMARSS –G data for the Virtual OGS for providing the ability to downlink via LOS to a remote receive system that forwards the data back to a Garrison location for final processing.

Cross Domain Server Set (CDSS)

MISSION

CDSS allows the transfer of data, combat information, and intelligence at appropriate security levels between analysts.

DESCRIPTION

The AN/GYK-78, Cross Domain Server Set (CDSS), previously known as the AN/TYQ-128 Cross Domain Solution Suite (CDSS) is the hub that allows analysts to transfer data, information, and products across networks operating at different security levels, e.g., JWICS to SIPR. The CDSS supports intelligence production by enabling intelligence analysts to obtain access to data, information, and intelligence at various security classifications and to disseminate, at an appropriate classification, intelligence products to commanders and other intelligence producers, across up to seven different security domains. A single CDSS system is configured to act as either a high-side (JWICS) or low-side (SIPRNET) domain controller: the JWICS (SCI) CDSS bridges NSANET and JWICS with SIPR. The SIPRNET (COL) CDSS bridges SIPRNET with NIPRNET and coalition network(s). When deployed and connected to communications network, a single CDSS system can provide firewall services for up to five security domains (NSANET, JWICS, Coalition JWICS, SIPRNET, and SIPRNET Coalition) or (SIPRNET, NIPRNET, and two SIPRNET coalition). The CDSS comes in four configurations: deploying units requiring Operational Transit Cases (high and/or low) or Mobile-Mounted configuration for the DCGS-A Intelligence Processing Center – Version 2 (IPC-2) and fixed location installation. Note: Fixed locations will not receive any Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) for their system because the CDSS will be mounted in a server room that should already have a backup power supply.

SYSTEM INTERDEPENDENCIES

Intelligence Fusion Server (IFS), Intelligence Processing Center Version 1 (IPC-1), IPC-2, and other non-tactical sites.

PROGRAM STATUS

Ongoing Technical Refresh.  Currently fielding 197 SCI CDSS to 27 different unit types and 52% complete.

PROJECTED ACTIVITIES

Complete the fielding of the CDSS. Complete the purchase of the next generation CDSS. Validate 3.2 SP1 software works with the CDSS software.

Portable Multi-Function Workstation (P-MFWS)

MISSION

Used to plan, manage and synchronize ISR assets, maintain situational awareness, populate the enemy portion of the COP, generate threat reports, develop and nominate targets, develop trends, and produce tailored geospatial and weather products for commander and his staff.

DESCRIPTION

The P-MFWS provides the maneuver visualization and dissemination of Intelligence Products at all echelons, company to echelons-above-corps (EAC) and is the conduit to the commander for the All-Sourced Correlated (fused) Intelligence Picture provided by the DCGS-A Family of Systems (FoS) and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination (PED) Enterprise.  As an Analyst “Tool Set”, the P-MFWS allows the soldier to collaborate, synchronize and integrate organic and non-organic collection elements with operations, and to evaluate technical data and information on behalf of the commander.

The P-MFWS is a laptop personnel computer platform automated information system (AIS) with DCGS-A software.  The system consists of the laptop with an integrated display and keyboard with touch pad. The system operator has the capability to access the DCGS-A software application packages that are loaded. There are multiple variant laptop configurations that have been fielded.  Each of the configurations performs the same DCGS-A P-MFWS mission and are one-way interchangeable from a form, fit and function perspective due to technical refresh of hardware.

SYSTEM INTERDEPENDENCIES

Intelligence Fusion Server (IFS) and Intelligence Processing Centers (IPC).

PROGRAM STATUS

Ongoing Technical Refresh

PROJECTED ACTIVITIES

FY18 – Provide ruggedized P-MFWS hosting Battalion Configuration software to replace IFS

PM DCGS-A Capability Drop

Capability Drop

MISSION

Modernize and upgrade the DCGS-A enterprise with best of breed commercial and NDI solutions, enabled by rigorous competition, integration, test, ‎and Soldier feedback.

DESCRIPTION

Army leadership approved a change of acquisition strategy ‎to modernize the DCGS-A software, consistent with the FY17 NDAA directing the program to pursue commercially available solutions in lieu of new development.

The new PM DCGS-A acquisition strategy results in the pursuit of modernization via seven sets of capabilities called “Capability Drops” (CD). PM DCGS-A will pursue the acquisition of new capabilities one Capability Drop at a time and will fit inside of a reference architecture aligned to the DI2E.

The process to pursue commercially-available solutions will begin with “Capability Drop” requirements analysis initially, then market research and vendor demonstrations, followed by contract awards, minor software modifications to meet user requirements, integration with the broader DCGS-A and Mission Command Enterprise, user trials and operational testing, accreditation to operate on deployed/fielded networks, and, lastly, award to a single vendor and fielding to Soldiers.

CD-1 will focus on a battalion-level solution that will enhance usability and reduce complexity for the Battalion S-2 Soldiers.  CD-1 will consist of a hardware and software solution for the 35F All-Source Analyst to operate and maintain at the battalion echelon.  Hardware solutions will comprise ruggedized laptops and a displacement of the current Intelligence Fusion Server at the battalion echelon. The software will enable improved Disconnected, Interrupted, and Limited (DIL) operations, ease of use, and, will provide Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB) and Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination (PED) tools.

CD-2 focuses on updating the DCGS-A “Fusion Brain” with a new Enterprise Data Warehouse capability located at the DCGS-A Fixed Sites. The solution will support basic data warehousing functions, including data ingress, processing, egress, and query.  The solution must enable data pedigree and persistence, must enable data integrity and security, and, be easy to use and maintain.  The software must be open and extensible enough to be hosted on our bare metal fixed site server infrastructure, in a cloud environment, or a hybrid of both.

SYSTEM INTERDEPENDENCIES

  • DCGS-A Increment 1 Release 2
  • Mission Command Systems

PROJECTED ACTIVITIES

  • 3QFY19 Delivery Order #2 (CD 1)
  • 3-4QFY19 CD-2 Requirements Validation

Joint Tactical Terminal (JTT)

JTT

MISSION

Joint Tactical Terminal satisfies radio communications KPPs for the Integrated Broadcast Service (IBS) program and supports DoD customers with near-real-time battlespace awareness data.

DESCRIPTION

These UHF SATCOM terminals provide Joint Warfighters with 24×7 global, near-real-time Indications & Warnings, ISR common picture, Targeting, Friendly Forces Tracking, and Combat Search and Rescue data.

JTT-Senior and JTT-IBS are DoD’s primary IBS radio-terminals and use the Common Interactive Broadcast (CIB) and Common Message Format (CMF) to disseminate IBS data from the sensor to shooter.  The systems also receive IBS data on the IBS-Alternate Path broadcast.

SYSTEM INTERDEPENDENCIES

JTT radios are found with Joint Intel producers, consumers, and weapon systems: Army Patriot shelters, Army JTAGS shelters, Army C-RAM/ADAM shelters, Army IAMD shelters, Air Force DCGS fixed sites, Air Force RC-135 aircraft, Navy EP-3 aircraft, Navy Aegis-equipped ships, NRO special programs, and IBS uplink sites. The system’s Common Interactive Broadcast (CIB) relies on Integrated Waveform (IW) available on Navy UHF COMSATs and the Navy’s IW Channel Controller.

PROGRAM STATUS

  • Ongoing software sustainment and customer support via CECOM SEC
  • FY17-19 Hardware sustainment via CECOM ILS contract with Raytheon and via PM contract with DRS
  • 2QFY18 approval of updated JTT ORD
  • FY18-19 Depot integrating hardware repair depot capability

PROJECTED ACTIVITIES

  • 3QFY19: NextGen JTT production contract award for updated terminals due to JTT-Sr obsolescence
  • 4QFY19: Transition to Hardware Sustainment with CECOM ILSC

Contact

Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD

(443) 861-2452

https://dcgsahelp.max.gov