DoD Defense Support to Civil Authorities Automated Support System

Friday August 10, 2012

What is it?

DoD Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DCSA) Automated Support System (DDASS) is an unclassified web-enabled Government software application developed and hosted by the Army Geospatial Center (AGC) to track, collaborate, coordinate and prioritize Federal Emergency Management Agency Mission Assignments (MAs) assigned to the DoD in real-time. DDASS provides the only automated means for a Defense Coordinating Element, to validate MAs and allow for all Orders, Requests for Forces and FEMA MA forms to be associated with specific missions and provides multiple commands situational awareness to view and respond to mission critical actions. DDASS serves as the backbone to support the DCSA's responsibilities assigned primarily to U.S. Northern Command and supported in turn by two other combatant commands, as required.

What has the Army done?

Developed for U.S. Army North, DDASS became operational in 2007. Since then, the Army has used DDASS to support every major disaster or incident within the U.S., from the Minnesota Bridge collapse, to the American Samoa tsunami, U.S. domestic support to Haiti, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and a variety of cyclical events such as wildfires, floods and tornados. It was also used to support U.S. Army Northern Command DCSA exercises, such as Vigilant Shield and Vibrant Response 13. Since its inception, DDASS has also expanded the user base to include all branches of the service including the National Guard Bureau, as well as FEMA and Department of Homeland Security. DDASS has also expanded its reach and utility, providing Common Operational Data via two export functions; the Export to .csv (MS Excel) and an Export to KML feature to facilitating the importation of DDASS data into most all existing DoD and OGA (Other Government Agency) Communities of Practice.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

DDASS will soon expand its user base by allowing access via Common Access Card (CAC), which will be implemented later this year, allowing any DoD CAC-card holder view-only access to DDASS. The AGC is also looking at expanding DDASS roles for the tracking of outside the Continental United States humanitarian operations and partnering with involved OGAs.

Why is this important to the Army?

DDASS is the sole means of tracking DoD support to domestic civil authorities at the Federal level and provides an automated overall picture of DoD support effort to include authorization, detailed financial documentation as well as mission status.

Resources:

DDASS Fact Sheet

Vibrant Response 13 DVIDS Hub

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