The Air Force DCGS is currently composed of 27 regionally aligned, globally networked sites. The sites have varying levels of capability and capacity to support the intelligence needs of the warfighter. An Air Force DCGS Distributed Ground System (DGS) is capable of robust, multi-intelligence processing, exploitation and dissemination (PED) activities to include sensor tasking and control.It can support multiple ISR platforms in multiple theaters of operation simultaneously. There are five active duty DGS sites and eight Air National Guard (ANG) DMS sites worldwide. One of the ANG DGS sites is operated by the Massachusetts ANG (DGS-Mass).
The briefing will include a capabilities overview of DGS-MA, to include high and medium altitude manned and UAV ISR Platforms, supported sensors, and some operational highlights including direct warfighter support. The future of AF DCGS operations with more keen focus on analysis will also be discussed. Future AF DCGS operations are expected to have analysts more directly supporting Combatant Commands (COCOMS) priority intel requirements and lines of effort. This future focus requires a shift to sensor agnostic operations with increased utilization artificial intelligence and automation tools.