What is the Distributed Common Ground System – Army (DCGS-A)

DCGS-A is the Army intelligence analyst’s weapon system. DCGS-A enables army intelligence professionals operating in the complex JIIM (Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multi-National) environment to effectively task, collect, process, analyze, report, disseminate and assess multi-source intelligence. Intelligence analysts across the Army leverage DCGS-A to support Army commanders and forces successfully today, meeting the requirement; to be first with the truth.

– Maj. Gen.  Stephen G. Fogarty, commanding general, U.S. Army Intelligence & Security Command

The Distributed Common Ground System – Army (DCGS-A) is the primary weapon system of the U.S. Army’s intelligence analysts.  By employing this weapon system, intelligence analysts and leaders improve their commanders’ ability to visualize, describe, and direct actions on the battlefield.


DCGS-A is a system-of-systems:  the sensor controls and downlinks, the data processing equipment, and the exploitation and dissemination tools that deliver intelligence at every echelon.  DCGS-A connects the intelligence community to the analyst and the decision maker.

DCGS-A joins tactical, operational and theater-level commanders with hundreds of intelligence-related data sources. The enhanced access, accuracy and relevance of the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) effort provide commanders the information they need when they need it. This allows them to plan and conduct full-spectrum operations across the full range of military operations.

DCGS-A tasks, processes and exploits data and then disseminates intelligence (TPED) across all echelons. It is the Army component of the larger Defense Intelligence Information Enterprise (DI2E) and interoperable with other service DCGS programs.

For more information about the future of DCGS-A, visit the Army’s STAND-TO information paper.

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