Army forms teams of experts to support DCGS-A training

The Army, looking to meet its goal of employing the service’s global intelligence system as a weapons system, will use tactical engagement teams of subject matter experts to train users in getting the most out of the system.

The tactical engagement team, or TeT, concept is designed to draw experts from across the intelligence corps to help take leaders and soldiers take the next step with the Distributed Common Ground System-Army, from understanding how DCGS-A works to understanding how it supports mission command.

Part of the overall Army Operating Concept, Win in a Complex World, the effort, led by the Army Intelligence Center of Excellence, emphasis intelligence warfighting function training with regard to DCGS-A and how it can support expeditionary operations, the Army said in a release.

DCGS-A is a system for collecting, analyzing and sharing geospatial, sensor and other intelligence data in support of troops around the world. The Army currently is releasing a series of requests for information to industry for Increment 2 of the system, intended to foster improvements in areas such as data analysis, data fusion, visualization, cross-domain security and automated foreign language translation.

The deployment of DCGS-A hasn’t always been a smooth ride, with some soldiers complaining that it’s difficult to use, something the Army wants to address with Increment 2. Meanwhile, training from subject matter experts could help with using the system.

The TeT concept focuses on supporting mission command by teaching the tactics, techniques and procedures of effectively using DCGS-A tools to support a commander's decision-making, the Army said.

Each TeT engagement will be tailored a unit’s specific needs, but all will follow the teaching the same basic principles:

  • How to employ the system.
  • How DCGS-A enables mission command.
  • How to get the brigade combat team intelligence team on the network 24/7.
  • How to train the team to support the commander.
  • And tailoring training to the unit's needs, and carrying out training based on unit objectives.

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