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1 DCGS-A The Evolving Environment & Transition to Open Competition

2 Purpose To provide an update on the DCGS-A program, initial efforts toward the DCGS-A Increment (Inc) 2 competition, and general observations. Overview Current Environment Emerging Conditions Request for Industry Focus Areas PM Observations Conclusion and Path Forward Context: the Army has explored technical architectures, capabilities, and market trends of the data integration, visualization, and analytics market. This review, along with soldier feedback on the current Increment 1 program, support a shift to focus on Increment 2 and have shaped the path forward

3 The Army’s ‘Flagship’ Intelligence System for analysis and fusion
DCGS-A Overview Fielded to INSCOM and every Corps, Division, and Brigade deploying to OEF and across the globe Is a ‘System of Systems’ that includes Fixed Sites, deployable ground stations, and organic headquarters and unit equipment (servers/laptops) Provides ~60 intelligence analysis tools and access to ~700 data sources, which deliver actionable information to Warfighting Commanders Weather, Terrain, Link Analysis, etc. Access to Army/Joint ISR and sensor data Full Domain support for HUMINT, SIGINT, GEOINT, COMINT, CYBERINT, ELINT Supports Full Spectrum Operations (Low and High Intensity) Capabilities are commercial products and solutions (hardware and software) Builds to open architecture and compliant with Intelligence and Army standards Robust Multi-INT Tools The Army’s ‘Flagship’ Intelligence System for analysis and fusion

4 Continuing to field DCGS-A capability and equip deployers
Program Status Update Increment 1, Release 1 is in Post-FDD Fielding Intelligence Community Alignment Geospatial Intelligence Exploitation and Foundation Capability Full Motion Video ingestion, exploitation, and dissemination All Source Analysis leveraging over 700 data sources Increment 1, Release 2 in preparation for LUT at NIE 15.2 High Side delivery to support SCI (NSAnet and JWICS) operations HUMINT data Interoperability Additional ‘ease of use’ enhancements Increment 2 is Pre-MS B Information System (IS) CDD in JROC Staffing Request for Information (RFI) released to Industry on 13 Aug, 2014 Continuing to field DCGS-A capability and equip deployers

5 Evolving Environment Continuously evolving standards and protocols
Intelligence Community Information Technology Environment (IC ITE) Data Standards, DIB, DI2E, Joint Information Environment (JIE) Significant growth of IT related technologies Transition to ‘cloud’ structure for data storage ‘Big Data’ analytics and data mining Structured and unstructured databases Customized ‘apps’ w/ analytical algorithms Artificial Intelligence (AI) to aid human analysis Bandwidth compression; Quality of Service Cyber-security as an intelligence domain (CYBERINT) Growing user familiarity w/ mobile computing across infrastructures 1 2 3 ICT Industry Revolution 4 DCGS-A Inc 2 will leverage private sector advancements and must adapt to the evolving IC/DoD standards, in order to ensure success

6 1 - Cloud Computing Represents significant opportunity for efficiencies/ budget savings Transformative Technology (20 years) Already dominates 80% of businesses in North America Info flow key to benefit National Security Implications Facilitate information dominance Privacy, security and IPR/data ownership issues are key Security largely ‘after thought’ Numerous emerging services CIA, DIA, DISA Updated DoD policy Cloud services can bring modernization, agility and efficiency to the IT structure in support of national security

7 2 - Big Data & Performance Computing
Data growth occurring at exponential rate Ability to manipulate data sets that exceed current/traditional data processing Principle 4 Vs of Data Large volumes of data sets Variety of types (video, text, etc) and unstructured Speed of Service and Velocity to delivery Veracity to eliminates false positives High Performance Computers (HPC) Models and simulations Already used for predictive analysis AI, Weather, Nuclear testing Help w/ Intel trends, forecasting, analysis Meteorological forecasting “Just like oil was a natural resource powering the last industrial revolution, data is going to be the natural resource for this IT revolution.” Industry CEO

8 3 - Visualization and Tools
Workspace design Graphs, browsers, collaboration Map and object explorer applications Assistance and help/guide features Intuitive and Facilitates Cognitive Functions Optimize training/NET and FSR reduction Extensible and tailorable Modular application framework can be utilized to develop entire new applications. 3rd party developers have added/extended applications Scalable to enable large data/node depictions Common Feedback Visualization tools are the fundamental user interface and must facilitate “ease of use”, reduce FSR dependencies, and accelerate training times

9 4 - Cyber Security Cyber Security Challenges
Risks Crime Espionage Attack Effect ID Theft and Fraud IP Theft (1.5% drag on GDP) Loss of Essential Services National Security Impact Consumer Confidence Economic Growth Institutional Confidence Cyber Security Challenges Limited consensus on the nature of the threat Cyber domain is everywhere Malicious code manifests in many ways Many sources (State, State Sponsored, Non-State, Individual) Attribution is difficult Cyber access incurring “involuntary” participation Cyber threats are growing, system security must be an inherent part of design for a balanced ecosystem

10 Leverage Existing DCGS-A SoS
OCONUS I Lewis Schofield Carson Bliss Riley Campbell W ARISC Draper Los Alamitos Irwin SW ARISC Hood Polk Stewart/HAAF Gordon Belvoir NE ARISC NC ARISC Germany Drum Bragg SE ARISC 4 CONUS DCGS-A Inc 2 Focus 1 – Integrated data and access layer 2 – Enhance visualization tools/display 3 – Address (Disconnected, Intermittent & Limited) bandwidth environment Tactical Environment DCGS-A is a robust ‘System of Systems’; Inc 2 will focus on data integration and access, while enhancing Visualization tools and fully leveraging existing investments. 10

11 Industry Input on DCGS-A Inc 2
Continuous feedback and information on potential strategy Optimal program management structure for systems integration (Government and Industry integration) Ability to leverage fielded DCGS-A Inc 1 capabilities Plan for incremental deliveries over time Source selection factors and ‘incentives’ structure (cost, schedule, performance) Feedback on requirements How to best leverage the ‘IT Box” approach Ability to accelerate capability insertion, while remaining aligned w/ interoperability and Cyber requirements DCGS-A Inc 2 RFI Seeking Industry input on acquisition approach, requirements and technologies

12 Continuous and iterative dialogue with Industry to ensure alignment
Ongoing Focus Areas An iterative RFI approach to adopt inputs and Industry feedback Identification of programmatic and technical ‘risks’ for management Requirements crosswalk and identification of technical risk candidates Continual engagements and exchanges (Industry Day on 20 Jan) Establishment of the formal PoR management office for DCGS-A Inc 2 FY Continuous and iterative dialogue with Industry to ensure alignment 05/10/2014

13 Lessons learned need to become lessons applied
General Observations Cyber and Information Assurance importance is growing Reliability growth equally important for “software intensive programs” Info System standards and protocols decisions consider transport Continue to emphasize “best value”, growing concern on LPTA Transparency key among Industry; key to R&D investments (BBP 3.0) Lab environment must be as realistic as possible (latency, IA) Army transitioning from SSC – regionally aligned/globally engaged Training (beyond “button-ology”) is equally critical to employment Convergence, convergence - intelligence must support/enable mission command and transport systems must align Technical Industrial Operational Lessons learned need to become lessons applied

14 Conclusion and Path Forward
DCGS-A continues to field capability to deployers and operational units Current IT capabilities and Intel Community standards are evolving Emerging and innovative technologies available Responses to RFI #1 complete; RFI #2 pending (Oct/Nov) Industry Day on 20 January 2015 Industry feedback and coordination is critical for our future National Security

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