Accession Number:

ADA611837

Title:

The Role of a Data Manager in the Successful Employment of the Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A)

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2014-06-13

Pagination or Media Count:

69.0

Abstract:

This thesis examines the role of a data manager when employing the Distributed Common Ground System-Army DCGS-A. The study examines if an effective data manager, when integrated into the intelligence activitys planning and execution cycle from the beginning, can improve the organizations ability to meet its intelligence requirements. The research methodology was qualitative and used as its sample set case studies. The study analyzed three case studies in order to identify key opportunities and challenges organizations faced when attempting to employ DCGS-A. Further, the thesis examined the data managers role in addressing those challenges or exploiting opportunities. The research finds that units who identify a data management function early and empower that position to make decisions or recommendations on not only the technical requirements associated with a digital intelligence system, but also the content of intelligence information or organizational processes are more efficient at effectively employing DCGS-A. The study concludes that in order to effectively employ DCGS-A, a unit must designate DCGS-A specific data management functions that reach beyond technical specifications and include an understanding of mission objectives and the associated intelligence requirements. The primary recommendations are that the data manager must be a permanent member of the organization, participate at every phase of the planning and execution process, and have a clear understanding of the technical capability of DCGS-A as well as the units intelligence requirements and how best to satisfy them.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Military Intelligence

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE