enterprise moves the entire intelligence community from
an agency-centric information technology architecture to a
common platform that enables the easy and secure sharing
of technology, information and resources. The intention is
to make the community more efficient while fostering innovation and improving security.
The first pilot is a partnership between Kreider’s office and
the Army Intelligence and Security Command, Fort Belvoir,
Virginia. The team is drafting a requirements document for
the second increment of the Distributed Common Ground
System–Army (DCGS-A), which may include ICITE capability. The DCGS-A is the Army’s primary system for posting
data, processing information and disseminating ISR information about the threat, weather and terrain to all components
and echelons. The system provides commanders with the ability to task battlespace sensors and receive intelligence information from multiple sources. Each military service as well as
special forces has its own version of DCGS.
The Army currently uses the first increment of DCGS-A,
which includes three releases. “We’re in the process of analyzing it to see how we can bring ICITE into the DCGS-A’s
next increment. Increment 2 will be a late 2016, early 2017
start,” Kreider reports, adding that the Increment 2 request
for proposals should be released in mid-2015.
Kreider’s team also is working with special operations
forces on a smaller, more mobile version of the DCGS
known as DCGS-Lite. The idea is to put a DCGS capability
onto a laptop. “It is now on its second deployment. We are
looking to do an assessment of that roughly in the September or October time frame, after the unit that has it comes
back from deployment. And we’ll go back to our user to
determine the benefits of it and how we want to modify it or
how we bring it in officially to the tactical-edge portion of
the DCGS,” Kreider offers.
The second major pilot program is a partnership with the
Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications–Tactical to “bring the same ICITE architecture
to the front-line soldier,” Kreider says. Part of the challenge
is determining the right interface and which information
is most critical, because the individual soldier will not have
access to large amounts of bandwidth. The project will provide technology for evaluation in the Army’s next Network
Integration Evaluation exercise, which takes place this fall.
A third pilot program involves a teaming arrangement
with the Defense Information Systems Agency and the
Army Cyber Command to provide a regional data center
for greater information assurance, including a “focus on
the insider threat,” Kreider says. It is a six-month project
scheduled for completion in September. “Rather than every
organization having its [own] servers, all of the data is
going through a central place so that we’re more efficient
and everybody’s not buying their own servers, and we don’t
have issues with different configurations on the information
assurance side of the house or the insider threat side of the
house,” Kreider explains.
The PEO-IEW&S office also has completed a pilot project that built a data-processing, exploitation and dissemination site at Fort Gordon, Georgia. “Now all Army data
from aerial sensors is processed at Fort Gordon, and that is
working really well,” he reports.
Kreider predicts that multi-intelligence platforms—
both air and ground—will be a game-changer for future
warfighters. He cites the Enhanced Medium Altitude
Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) as an
aerial platform example. The system is designed to quickly
gather, integrate and disseminate intelligence information in real time. It includes an integrated suite of cameras, sensors, communications and signals intelligence-gathering technologies and a datalink with ground-based
intelligence databases. “We’ve got the first four systems
delivered. They’re just finishing up testing here at Aberdeen as we speak, looking to go to a limited user test in
the August-September time frame,” he offers.
Kreider also cites the Prophet system, formerly a signals
intelligence platform, as a multi-intelligence system on the
ground. “We adopted the Prophet system, which is primarily a signals intelligence system, and we combined that into
a new program called Terrestrial Multi-Intelligence Collection System. We’re creating a multifunction team within
the intelligence community that will be able to provide the
commander with human intelligence, signals intelligence
and communications intelligence all in a two-vehicle set.
The first 24 have already been bought. The first deliveries
of those are occurring later this year, and we’ll start training up the teams,” he states.
The Terrestrial Multi-Intelligence Collection System integrates Prophet, the Counter Intelligence Human Intelligence
(HUMINT) Automated Reporting and Collection System,
biometrics, DCGS-A and other capabilities. It is designed to
allow the insertion of new technologies in a matter of hours
rather than weeks, according to Army documentation. It
operates in vehicle-mounted, manpack and fixed-site configurations and enables soldiers to detect, track and quickly report
high-value targets. It also enables commanders to achieve
“It’s all about big data—how to process it in terms of the fusion
and the algorithms for continuity and the meshing of different
—Stephen Kreider, Army program executive officer for intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors
sensors, how to transport it to the sites that need it, and how
to get it down to the lowest level at the tactical edge.”