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Another hiccup arose last month when the Army discovered it may have violated the U.S. Anti-Deficiency Act, which prohibits spending on programs without a specific line-item appropriation by Congress.

“What this reveals is that the Army could very well be funding the development of D-Sigs from outside its authorized appropriation, most likely to hide the true cost of the program,” Mr. Kasper said.

The Army has launched an investigation into whether $93.5 million in the 2012 budget was taken from operations and maintenance accounts, and war funding, and diverted to Red Disk, which is a research-and-development program designed to augment D-Sigs and other intelligence computing systems.

“We’re not trying to hide anything,” Gen. Greene said. “We went to the Hill and told them exactly what was going on, what we were investigating.”

On other issues, Gen. Greene said the Army made corrections to D-Sigs in reaction to the Pentagon’s top weapons tester deeming it not operationally effective. He also said fixes were made after the command in Afghanistan gave a failing grade on D-Sigs’ cybersecurity.

“It’s important for us that D-Sigs work to provide the intelligence community and the Army with an enterprise solution that brings together the tasking processing, exploitation and dissemination capabilities in one coherent infrastructure,” Gen. Greene said.

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