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Distributed Common Ground/Surface System Marine Corps (DCGS-MC)


DCGS-MC currently consists of five Program of Record (PoR) systems, each of which provide a unique capability to the MAGTF. Those capabilities include geospatial intelligence analysis, imagery intelligence analysis, Intelligence Product Library storage, target mensuration and target materiel production, as well as Moving Target Indicator and Full Motion Video exploitation capabilities. These five PoR systems are as follows:

• Enterprise DCGS Services (EDS) system is the Marine Corps’ entry point to the greater DoDDCGS enterprise. As part of the greater construct, it provides a framework based on the DCGS Integrated Backbone which is a set of standards for sharing and managing data, to which all intelligence systems must comply. This framework enables interoperability and meta-data tagging standards that allow data to be discoverable and usable by all organizations within the Marine Corps, sister services, interagency, and coalition partners. EDS is accessible by all Intelligence Marines across the Marine Corps Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance – Enterprise (MCISRE).

• Tactical Exploitation Group (TEG) Family of Systems supports Imagery exploitation, interpretation and the generation of imagery products, (including HLZ studies and beach landing zone imagery) and Full Motion Video exploitation. The TEG systems are used by our 0241 Imagery Analysts Community  

• Topographic Production Capability (TPC) Family of Systems provides our Geospatial Intelligence capabilities – TPC is the Marine Corps’ authoritative data source for all mapping products and is capable of providing specialized Intelligence Preparation of the Battlespace products, such as topographic and hydrographic analysis, and mobility studies. TPC systems are used by 0261 geographic intelligence specialist.  

• Virtual Imagery Processing – Marine Corps (VIPMC), is a low-density Marine Expeditionary Force level asset which provides the only real-time Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System and airborne sensor Common Downlink and exploitation system. This represents an organic imagery exploitation, battle management, C2 and ISR capability. VIP-MC is used by the 0241 community.  

• Target Materiel Production (TMP), is also a relatively low-density asset and is currently the only organic National Geospatial Intelligence Agency approved system that provides mensurated geo-coordinates necessary for the application of precision fires.

DCGS-MC is working to migrate all of its inherent legacy program baselines into a common hardware and software baseline. These efforts will result in a common Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) server and workstation baseline that will replace the existing individual TEG, TPC, TMP, and VIP-MC systems, that provides equal or greater capability with a more efficient form factor and power requirement footprint. In addition this effort is planned to employ a Virtual Machine architecture where possible to gain additional efficiencies in Cyber Security accreditation efforts.      

Initial Operational Capability for the new GEOINT workstations and server baselines are scheduled for Fiscal Year (FY) 20 and 21 respectively, and will replace the existing legacy equipment via refreshes from FYs 20 to 22.

Operational Impact

These systems allow intelligence Marines to process and exploit data, conduct analysis, and collaborate, to support targeting and battlespace awareness with timely, focused intelligence products. These systems also allow intelligence Marines to make their work available and discoverable, not only to the Marine Corps ISR Enterprise (the MCISRE), but to the greater DoD-DCGS Enterprise, and to our interagency and coalition partners as well. These systems also enable Marines to leverage theatre and national intelligence products and capabilities for their own ends, bringing the full power of the National Intelligence Community’s lens to bear on their unit’s problem set and intelligence requirements.    

Program Status

Each of the five programs are in sustainment conducting quarterly Cyber Security patches, and software application/Operating System updates as technology advancements dictate.

  • EDS FOC: Mar 2016
  • TEG FOC: Jul 2016
  • TPC FOC: Aug 2014
  • VIP-MC FOC: May 2016
  • TMP FOC: May 2015 

Procurement Profile:

FY 2018 - QTY 272
FY 2019 - QTY 250


Each system has utilized a Lead Systems Integrator to provide software and hardware integration for COTS/GOTS software/hardware.

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center

Atlantic (SSC-A)
Charleston, SC


Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC),
Crane, IN

VIP-MC: Space Dynamics Lab, Logan, UT