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Northrop demonstrates DCGS capabilities

LINTHICUM, Md., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. company Northrop Grumman has showcased its operational enterprise capabilities with emerging and fielded Distributed Common Ground Systems.

In addition to participating with aircraft and sensors in Empire Challenge 2010 at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Northrop Grumman also provided a combination of three DCGS tactical, operational and strategic processing, exploitation and dissemination capabilities.

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These capabilities included the U.S. Army's DCGS-A Mobile Basic System, a tactical ISR capability in final development; National Reconnaissance Office's DCGS-Intelligence Community system, a data access/discovery and sharing capability; and NRO's JIOC-IT Demo System, a U.S. Southern Command-based system for improving the command's situational awareness.

"Northrop Grumman successfully demonstrated that multi-INT data can be processed, fused and disseminated quickly and efficiently across an enterprise," said Ed Bush, vice president of the company's Electronic Systems C4ISR Networked Systems business unit. "During the exercise we were able to process the data across five classified and unclassified exercise networks for analysts representing U.S. and participating coalition operations, giving warfighters the information they needed quickly and accurately."

The DCGS-A systems functioned as the dedicated intelligence "hub" supporting all assigned forces, it said. "The systems exploited and published GEOINT, which includes full motion video, moving target indicator and geospatial, SIGINT, HUMINT and weather data.

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Additionally, DCGS-A MB interoperated with fielded DCGS-A V3 work suites and a rear echelon-based DCGS-A MB system at Northrop Grumman's Linthicum, Md., facility, fully demonstrating extended interoperability between Army brigade combat teams and divisions.

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