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Friday, May 2, 2014

Problems with Army’s battlefield intel system unresolved after two years -- By Rowan Scarborough, The Washington Times

U.S. soldiers preparing to fight in Afghanistan have encountered some of the same flaws with the Army's vaunted intelligence computer network that they endured two years ago in their efforts to identify terrorists and locate roadside bombs in the war zone.

An internal Army “lessons learned” document obtained by The Washington Times shows that the Distributed Common Ground System could not print documents, locate files, maintain a functioning server or browse consistently, as 82nd Airborne Division analysts tried to make it work.

In one case, intelligence officers worked 10 hours on a targeting analysis, only to see the entire product disappear permanently.

The analysts then discarded the common ground system and switched to Microsoft PowerPoint to perform “link analysis,” which identifies alliances among Afghans, the Taliban and al Qaeda and, in the process, can reveal the location of a bomb-making site or safe house.

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