October 20, 2014 -
The U.S. Army’s primary intelligence system is currently testing software developed by Lockheed Martin that will help them sift through terabytes of intelligence taken from manned and unmanned sources, improving their ability to efficiently analyze data.
As part of its ongoing test and evaluation process that includes various stages of technology reviews, practical application evaluations and operational user tests, the Army has partnered with Lockheed Martin to update the Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS-A). The service will begin fielding in 2015.
DCGS is a family of systems that enables military analysts from all services to access shared intelligence. DCGS-A specifically takes sensor data from all sources — including signals, imagery and human intelligence — and integrates it into a common data format in a fused environment, enabling multi-source intelligence analysis.
“From drones and satellites to ground sensors and biometric scanners, the amount of information that flows through the DCGS-A enterprise is immense,” said Dr. Rob Smith, vice president of C4ISR at Lockheed Martin. “We’ve worked with the Army to update the software capabilities and make it easier for analysts to expedite the intelligence to those who need it most.”
Lockheed Martin, which is connected through the DCGS-A, is currently working on multiple projects focused on interoperability, automation and efficient analysis, further progressing data flows.
The company’s two new software capabilities include Automated Entity Merge Service and DataMover. AEMS merges similar real-world intelligence data that leads to a drastic time savings for analysts who must otherwise manually review thousands of entities.
Since DCGS-A is deployed around the world, often using different versions of software, it is often required to convert the data from one format to another for sharing purposes. DataMover converts this data so that intelligence can be transferred across the DCGS-A enterprise.