Enterprise Challenge 2014

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

What is it?

Enterprise Challenge 14 (EC14), an annual technical demonstration, is focused on development and architecture integration and data interoperability.

The primary Army system, utilized in EC14, was the Distributed Common Ground System -- Army (DCGS-A). DCGS-A is the Army's intelligence component of mission command, connecting Soldiers to Joint intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance platforms and sensors; the intelligence community and each other at all echelons from space to mud. It is a family of hardware and software capabilities that works together to support the intelligence mission. DCGS-A has a requirement to operate on the move, maintaining situational awareness in, support of the commander, while the tactical operation center is mobile.

Why is this important to the Army?

EC provides Army leadership an unprecedented look at the future of intelligence on the battlefield. Highlights include collection of biometric information, sending reports and photos from the ground to the Tactical Operations Center, getting live local weather reports, securely accessing and distributing intelligence data across multiple networks, monitoring live Unmanned Aerial Systems feeds while on patrol, and watching live video from space.

What has the Army done?

EC-14, managed by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and sponsored by the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, was held at Fort Huachuca, China Lake and Aberdeen Proving Ground among many other locations. It was a 3-week exercise which culminated on 30 July 2014.

The Army utilized a secure, robust, scalable, integrated network at EC14 to facilitate wireless intelligence distribution to enable on-the-move operations, commercial technology demonstrations, and evaluation of new technologies for potential integration into programs of record.

The Army also used EC14 to assess demonstrations of new commercial, cutting-edge technologies including Full Motion Video from Space and drastically improved radar and biometric capabilities.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

Plans and new objectives for future exercises and experiments are always ongoing for DCGS-A. In addition, DCGS-A continuously works with industry to integrate new technology and capabilities that support our intelligence analysts.

Soldiers of tomorrow will have access to more information than ever before, which will facilitate the decision making process and assist in mission accomplishment. DCGS-A is fully committed to providing Soldiers that information in an intuitive manner and enhances the performance of all primary duties.

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