Tug of war continues over Army intel system

Army testers say the service's main intelligence network in Afghanistan is difficult to operate, prone to crashes, and vulnerable to hacking and that an alternate system would be better, reports Wired's Danger Room blog.

After limited testing of the multibillion Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A) earlier this year, the Army Test and Evaluation Command
said the system is “effective with significant limitations, not suitable, and not survivable,” according to the story.

DCGS-A has been the subject of a major controversy in the military community since it was established in 2010. Various individuals in the military services and intelligence community have been trying to get it replaced with software from a Silicon Valley start-up Palantir. However, their efforts have been blocked by bureaucrats determined to protect DCGS-A, the story said.

Supporters of DCGS note that the system accesses hundreds of data sources for millions of reports, while Palantir only handles a small number, the story said. In an effort to simplify the cumbersome DCGS system, the Army has signed a cooperative agreement with Palantir to import some of the best attributes of its software.

The House Oversight Committee is looking into the matter, the story said.

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