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Soldiers who have used the Distributed Common Ground System-Army, both on and off the battlefield, say that with adequate training, its an intelligence game changer. Sgt. Troy Thatcher is one such user and proponent.
While deployed with the 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan, he was a junior analyst on a tactical intelligence ground collection team. He described how the Distributed Common Ground System-Army, or DCGS-A, helped make his units mission a success.
At the time, he said he thought he was playing just a small part in the intelligence-gathering process and he didnt see the big-picture view of the system.
Later, he learned that his data, when processed using the tools within DCGS-A, provided one of the many important pieces of the intelligence picture. He said DCGS-A conveys critical battlefield snapshots to brigade, division and corps commanders to aid in their decision making.