On October 19, the U.S. Army posted a request for information (RFI) for DCGS-A Capability Drop-2. Responses are due by 4:30 p.m. on November 17.
Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG) in support of the Program Executive Office Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, and Sensors (PEO IEW&S) Project Manager Distributed Common Ground System-Army (PM DCGS-A), is conducting market research to identify commercial items to satisfy current DCGS-A requirements pertaining to United States (U.S.) Army’s Fixed Site facilities. The Government invites all business and academic organizations to respond to this RFI notice.
AN/FSQ-209(V)1, commonly referred to as the Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A) Intelligence Processing Center Version 1 (IPC-v1), is a state-of-the-art battlefield intelligence system that hosts DCGS-A software at US Army Fixed Site facilities. It provides fully integrated and timely intelligence on the battlefield. The DCGS-A IPC-v1 is the core framework for a worldwide distributed, network centric, system-of-systems architecture that conducts collaborative intelligence operations and production. The system is housed in the DCGS-A Fixed Site facilities and consists of privately hosted servers and storage arrays.
This RFI is specifically focused on identifying commercial items to upgrade/replace the DCGS-A IPC-v1 enterprise data warehouse component, also known as the “Brain.” Specifically, the Government is seeking capabilities that can dynamically ingest data from multiple sources, index and store that data, provide common/open interfaces to securely access that data, and to enable data discovery.
TRADOC Capability Manager – Foundation (TCM-F) has developed, in conjunction with the Intelligence Center of Excellence (ICoE), a draft Capability Drop requirements document outlining the operationally relevant requirements for DCGS-A’s enterprise data warehouse.
To update the DCGS-A system of systems effectively through a series of Capability Drops, PM DCGS-A has provided a draft DCGS-A Reference Architecture (RA) that is based on Modular Open Systems Architecture (MOSA) principles and aligned to the Defense Intelligence Information Enterprise (DI2E) Reference Architecture Services View – 4 (SvcV-4). The components of the RA that are relevant to this RFI are the Data Ingress, Data Processing, Data Persistence, and Data Egress modules and their associated interfaces. It must also be able to support Data Analytics in future releases by providing well-defined, industry standards-based, software interfaces. In support of the Reference Architecture, a Conceptual Data Model (CDM) has been provided which identifies, at a high-level of abstraction, the relevant entity classes that are managed or involved in the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) activities within the scope of DCGS-A and the principal relationships between those entity classes. Additionally, the enterprise data warehouse solution needs to be flexible enough to adapt to changes in the architecture and data model, as well as the addition of new, and modification of existing, data sources.
Full information is available here.