Ground Station, Operational Intelligence (OGS)

OGS (formally known as the Surveillance Information Processing Center or SIPC) integrates existing, proven fielded systems and capabilities into a single readily deployable S-280 shelter, forming the basis of a common multi-INT processing, exploitation, and dissemination (PED) solution that supports the wide diversity of current and future U.S. Army Airborne ISR platforms. OGS is based on commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and leverages the Guardrail Ground Baseline (GGB) Program of Record for the shelter, infrastructure, and baseline SIGINT PED. OGS additionally incorporates the SKYLINX/CIB for Air Force tactical imagery from the U2 and Global Hawk platforms, the VADER Exploitation Ground System (VEGS) for VADER platform radar processing, the MOVINT COMMS Suite for AF Joint Stars MTI processing, the APIX suite for the MIT/Lincoln Labs WASS sensor on Constant Hawk, along with DCGS v3.1.6 for multi-INT toolsets, databases, and interfaces. The AMDAS subsystem from the Army’s Tactical Exploitation System (TES) is planned to be added in a future OGS release and the OGS is targeted to replace the Army Corps-level TES. The OGS is a joint program initiated in early 2010 by PM DCGS-A and INSCOM. There are three OGS systems now operating in OEF with reach-back PED outside of OEF.

INSCOM and PM-DCGS-A have led the design and development of OGS since its inception with integration and software development performed at Northrop Grumman’s Airborne ISR facilities in Sacramento, Calif. The OGS represents a continuation of work that Northrop Grumman has been performing for INSCOM, PM ARES and DCGS-A including enhanced visualization and analytic capability updates of GGB for Guardrail’s RC-12X systems.

OGS Solves the Challenges of PED Proliferation

Commensurate with mission needs, PED solutions for U.S. Army Airborne ISR assets have proliferated across all theaters. This has led to interoperability, sustainment, and cost challenges and inefficiencies as overall AISR capabilities have increased significantly. OGS began to address these problems by migrating to new processing paradigms advocated for SIGINT and IMINT by government agencies. These paradigms and capabilities are incorporated within the ground SIGINT capabilities, new GEO-INT capabilities (e.g, WAAS, FMV, VADER, etc) and DCGS-A v3.1.6 applications to produce the first true multi-INT node on the DCGS-A enterprise. Expanding on that multi-INT base, OGS will provide operational flexibility and agility to effectively addresss:

  • Capabilities based rotations
  • Stabilized ground processing
  • Stabilized mission support
  • Army aerial and national SIGINT
  • National and theater IMINT
  • Full UAS interoperability
  • Actionable intelligence to the warfighter
  • Improved force structure efficiency