AF holds Distributed Common Ground System summit

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. (AFNS) -- More than 40 action officers from across the Air Force attended the intelligence community’s inaugural Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) Action Officer Summit at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, March 25-26.

Lt. Gen. Bob Otto, the deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, gave the summit’s opening remarks to the officers representing Headquarters Air Force, Air Combat Command, 25th Air Force, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, 480th Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing and the Air Force Cryptologic Office.

“I charge you with fostering an environment that promotes communication, transparency and collaboration,” Otto said. “You’re a part of something special -- you have the talent and expertise to make AF DCGS more agile and responsive in the future. As we evolve the weapon system into a government-owned, multiple intelligence enterprise, these changes will better support our globally integrated ISR contributions – ultimately delivering decision advantage within all domains.”

During the summit, intelligence, acquisition and cyber professionals exchanged ideas and fostered communication focused on the modernization and future of DCGS, and addressed topics aimed at promoting communication and collaboration by effectively leveraging relationships and partnerships across several key organizations.

With the introduction of DCGS capabilities, current intelligence data is posted to the network for immediate use by analysts and warfighters, and is integrated with other assets to produce situational knowledge of the battlespace.

The DCGS integrates multiple intelligence systems into a single, worldwide network-centric enterprise, enabling interoperability and improved collection and delivery of ISR data. DCGS web-based technologies will transform ISR into an integrated element of DOD command and control systems.

Col. Bruce Lyman, the ISR DCGS chief, challenged the summit to refine the DCGS enterprise to better leverage “ … multi-domain, multi-INT sensors, networked in an open architecture to enable integrated kinetic/non-kinetic targeting effects and assessment … at the required timing and tempo.”

On the second day of the conference, a panel of key leaders answered questions from the audience in attendance to clarify and guide their efforts toward achieving DCGS goals and objectives. As the summit came to a close, Maj. Gen. Veralinn “Dash” Jamieson, the Air Combat Command intelligence director, thanked everyone for their hard work.

“We must ensure we deliver the best tools for our analyst Airmen ... we must continue to build on their ability to decipher the ‘why’ of the battlespace.” Jamieson said.

Jamieson also stressed that “our Airmen are our greatest decision advantage … we’re at an opportunistic turning point to further develop our asymmetric advantage.”