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The Distributed Common Ground Surface/System (DCGS) is Focused on the Challenge of Processing Structured and Unstructured Data.

The Distributed Common Ground Surface/System (DCGS) defines multi-intelligence, interoperable reconnaissance infrastructure across the Department of Defense (DoD) which includes signal intelligence(SIGINT). The DCGS program covers airborne tasking, processing, exploitation, and dissemination capabilities and corrects deficiencies where multiple systems are unable to pass or share information. The DCGS Integration Backbone makes data visible and accessible via the metadata catalog.


  • Analyst are overwhelmed
  • Reporting is ambiguous
  • Mediation between DCGS-Army systems is inadequate
  • Processing of data (structured and unstructured) is incomplete  


Modus Operandi has several DCGS-A efforts focused on the challenge of processing structured and unstructured data, such as analyst gist or voice transcriptions.

The following sequence describes how Movia integrates unstructured data.

  • Movia provides a tool to help migrate unstructured legacy data sources into a service-oriented architecture (SOA) by mapping sections of a report, a situational report (SITREP) or other messages to a web service.
  • Once the message is exposed to the web service, another built-in function publishes the report via a real-time communications channel.
  • An entity extractor acquires incoming reports (by subscribing to the communications channel), and semantically tags concepts within the reports by applying the ontology of the Joint Command, Control and Consultation Information Exchange Data Model (JC3IEDM).  
  • The semantically enriched message is then indexed and made searchable.
  • Another Movia function automatically summarizes the gist of the analysts in the search results.

Using Movia, analysts are able to search in a vocabulary native to their domain, find embedded entities, and process unstructured products more quickly.


  • Actionable intelligence within tactically useful timelines
  • Improved situational awareness
  • Tighter geo-location