[ISN] Army˘s own data mining system fails test

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2012 02:19:41 -0600 (CST)

By Rowan Scarborough
The Washington Times
December 2, 2012

The Pentagon’s top weapons tester has given a failing grade to the 
Army’s premier battlefield intelligence processor, which troops in 
Afghanistan have criticized as being too slow and unreliable in sifting 
data to find the enemy.

A Nov. 1 memo from the Defense Department’s Operational Test and 
Evaluation office calls an updated version of the $2.5 billion Defense 
Common Ground System “not operationally effective, not operationally 
suitable and not operationally survivable against cyber threats,” 
according to a copy obtained by The Washington Times.

The across-the-board indictment is a blow to the Army’s most cherished 
data-collection and analysis system just as appropriators in Congress 
are taking a closer look at Pentagon expenditures.

What’s more, the common ground system faces more competition from 
non-Army commercial products, such as one called Palantir, that can 
outperform it in mining data to identify targets, a process called "link 


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