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You may remember the story we brought you on the army's intelligence data system that is supposed to let our soldiers on the front line is no where the enemy is and what they're doing.
It's known as DC eggs and it has already cost taxpayers more than ten billion dollars but there's a problem.
Many commanders and soldiers in the field say it does not work.
And is not only costing money but costing lives here is investigative journalist Robert Draper take on the -- -- system.
Problem this generation after generation has come -- over budget has come in -- And that is coming in and not move by the time it's -- basically it's already obsolete.
But the army says it's pleased with the DC system here to rebut Robert Draper is new republic article is major -- -- Harold green.
He's the army's deputy for acquisitions systems and management and joining -- -- staff sergeant Sheila.
From the national ground intelligence center gentlemen thanks so much for being with us this morning.
Good morning -- good morning Joseph I want to start with you you heard Robert strippers conclusion -- -- And at the white first so I like to correct one thing that you set Allison said the cost who was ten billion dollars that we are you spent.
Actually the total cost over thirty years to 2034.
It's ten billion dollars.
And I think a much better person to answer the question as to whether the system works or not is Sargent -- he's actually use the system in combat so.
Sargent -- before -- -- you let me just tell you in terms of the price and what.
Did they just released last week on.
It says the requires eighty hours of basic training and can be difficult to operate because there are multiple components and data screens to manipulate.
Users also voiced concerns the performance of and at the different versions of -- things.
In for use in the field in -- the flow of intelligence information the total estimated cost of all the service systems is now more than ten point six.
Billion dollars basically -- staff sergeant what they're saying is that the people that I've talked to say that it doesn't work well in the field what's your experience with the.
Well Allison -- -- in the field he's in Afghanistan it's worked for me.
National level intelligence all the way down to the -- level which we've used to roll up high valued individuals in our area of operation.
Getting them off the battlefield has resulted in lives being saved.
It's also helped me pain.
A big picture refer my commanders on what is happening so they can make their appropriate decisions so for me it it.
It has worked now has further training part yes it does require training as with any -- some authority comes out -- you're going to have to go through training so you know how to use it.
I've been to a total of 240 hours of trading with.
And my soldiers have been through training as well and we've never really experienced.
That that's their whereabouts and since we did this story two weeks ago we have received letters from soldiers who have also expressed concern and say that it doesn't work for -- -- as well as -- here is one.
Letter such letter from a soldier -- was asked us to protect his identity it reads I have been deployed in Afghanistan as an analyst for seven months this is my second deployment.
The bottom line.
-- -- And the to hide the failure because soldiers have to suffer the consequences in combat this is a grave disservice to our soldiers and our nation.
General what do you say that soldier.
What I'd say to him is that it.
Sargent -- and and the soldiers he's worked with have been able to use it and make it work.
And I think we have to look at the scope and scale of 66 is the enterprise and underpins all of army intelligence.
And it's been graded as being effective.
Certain -- attributes that so I think we have a contrary opinion.
And you know so I don't have to tell you general -- that there is another -- done.
It's from a private company called talent this year it's less expensive the DC exit costs about 35 million as opposed to the ten billion price tag that.
That you and I have talked about and the Marines use it and special ops use it and the police force in New York City use it and they're -- Happy -- that would you consider if there are enough complaints switching away from.
Well first of all the army uses.
The scope of DC -- with talent here -- and tear does we estimate eight to 10% of the functions that are required by.
And what I would tell you Allison is there right now we have soldiers using it in Afghanistan.
We have a cooperative research and development agreement with the talent -- your corporation.
Looking at how we can leverage the technologies.
That they have.
And we're about to conduct an assessment of link analysis tools.
There was a public announcement -- all companies that wanted to participate.
We believe -- -- will be one of those and it's gonna be independently graded by an organization that reports directly to the congress.
-- see what the results are but we are certainly not fighting against talent here if they're found to be the best value for the soldier on the taxpayer.
I'm sure that will adopt talent here as part of the sweet what you have to understand though is you can't replace.
All of the things that.
With power and -- so it's a false analogy.
Okay we'll sounds like you all are in the middle of an assessment we will look forward to hearing the results of that major general how green.
And the staff Sargent Deb thanks so much for -- information coming.
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