Friday, November 14, 2014
SAGE - Works with DCGS-A
The Distributed Common Ground System - Army (DCGS-A) is an expensive and troubled program. Intelligence analysts have complained about the complexity of the system as well as its glitches. Proponents of DCGS-A point to the variety of software applications that can "piggy back" off the DCGS-A system - which provides an integration of a number of ways to analyze, package, and distribute intelligence products. One of these applications is called "Situational Awareness Geospatially Enabled" or SAGE. It is a geospatial tool supporting DCGS-A. SAGE helps intelligence analysts to rapidly identify the landscape and environments that could be factors in relevant operational factors, like estimates of how quickly the enemy can march through a designated area due to terrain. SAGE was developed by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center's Geospatial Research Laboratory which is co-located at the U.S. Army Geospatial Center. The SAGE tool is resident in DCGS-A, which is the Army's intelligence foundation program. The SAGE tools are available for download through the Army Geospatial Center website. Learn more about SAGE at "Geospatial analysis tool built to support Army intelligence analysis", Army.mil, September 17, 2014.