Army intelligence system pulled from key test


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army's troubled intelligence system has suffered another setback.

A July 15th memorandum obtained by The Associated Press says officials have pulled the $4 billion Distributed Common Ground System from a major Army testing exercise in October and November because of software glitches and "overall network operational readiness issues."

DCGS-A, (Dee-Sigs-Ay) as the system is known, is network of crash-prone software, sensors and databases that was supposed to allow troops to process and integrate intelligence from a variety of sources, from electronic intercepts to overhead imagery to spy reports.

A series of independent government reports have raised questions about the system. The Army says it is working to fix the problems. An Army spokesman did not have an immediate comment on the memo.

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