The US Army is expected to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for its Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A) Capability Drop (CD)1 in early 2019, which is designed to upgrade the current DCGS-A system and make it easier to use.
An RFP for CD2, which will focus on a server capability and could bring artificial intelligence and machine learning to DCGS-A, is expected to be published later in 2019.
The army’s goal for CD1 has been to provide a capability that is simple and intuitive to use, is interoperable with the army’s host system, and leverages the best of commercially available hardware and software to support intelligence analyst operations at the tactical echelon.
CD1 is intended to enhance the ability of brigades and battalions to produce intelligence products and operate in a disconnected, intermittent, and limited (DIL) bandwidth environment.
In CD1 the hardware solutions will comprise “ruggedised laptops and a displacement of the current Intelligence Fusion Server at the battalion echelon to improve expeditionary operations. Software will enable operations in DIL bandwidth environments, enhance ease of use, and provide improved tools for intelligence preparation of the battlefield [IPB] and processing, exploitation, and dissemination [PED]”, the army said.
Raytheon, along with Palantir Technologies, is bidding for DCGS-A CD1. Palantir Technologies declined to discuss its offering for CD1.
Raytheon is competing with its Force Multiplier Tactical Edge Node (FoXTEN) software, which was designed as an open architecture capability to incorporate apps from any provider, Todd Probert, vice-president of mission support and modernisation at Raytheon, told Jane’s .
“That is important because the government is spending a lot of money developing apps across the various agencies and if agency ‘A’ comes up with a great way to look at a mapping app and pays to develop that, we would like the ability to morph that into [FoXTEN],” he said.
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