- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 20, 2012

“In my experience, DCGS has met our requirements,” Col. Pendall said.

Both the Army’s and Pentagon’s chief testers have issued failing grades for the Defense Common Ground System’s latest version.

The Defense Department’s Operational Test and Evaluation office said the system was “not operationally effective, not operationally suitable and not operationally survivable against cyberthreats,” according to a copy of the evaluation obtained by The Times.

Gen. Greene said the tests show “we had some challenges with the work flows” and “some reliability challenges.”

The Pentagon’s top acquisition official last week agreed to let the Army field the latest version of the system, but without software to store top-secret material. That so-called “enclave” was causing systemwide problems. Without it, the newer system should be able to perform as well as the ones now in-country, the Army says.

The Senate Armed Services Committee report on fiscal 2013 defense spending scolded the Army for refusing to approve commercially available systems such as Palantir.

“The Marine Corps and even some Army units in Afghanistan proceeded to deploy commercial products,” the report said, referring to the fact that officers bypassed the Army hierarchy to buy them. “Overall, the feedback from these units and an independent assessment by the deputy secretary of defense-chartered National Assessment Group has been very positive on these commercial products. Unfortunately, the Army’s cloud analyst support appears to continue to lag behind promised performance.”