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Army relies on the best and the most sophisticated intelligence program to fight the enemy but what if the system they're using does not work.
A program called DC GSA.
Also known as DC eggs.
Is supposed to show our soldiers real time intelligence on the battlefield he carries a ten billion.
Dollar price tag that critics say it does not work as promised joining me to talk about this -- stuff -- sure.
A member of the house armed services committee and a former major.
In the United States Marine Corps congressman thanks for being here.
Good morning so you are concerned about the.
I am well the concerns are there right now when them the military is slashing and -- and -- all of its programs they don't have enough money to keep enough people.
It in the army infantry you.
Units you don't have enough money to keep a second aircraft carrier in the Arabian gulf for spending billions of dollars on an in house.
Pentagon software program that they could be easily easily bested and replicated.
By civilian companies -- like Google companies like -- tier companies that are in sorrento valley doing this all the time can do it for a lot cheaper they do little a lot better than government workers.
So is your concern it just the price tag because we have had guests on a couple of weeks ago we had.
Major general Harold -- along with an army sergeant on.
Who said that for their money DC -- works well they've had experience -- the on the battlefield they say it's working just fine take a listen to that alligator respond.
Obviously in the field -- -- in Afghanistan it's worked for me.
National level intelligence all the way down to the battalion 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.
OK so the sergeant there says it works well for -- have you heard otherwise.
Yeah absolutely and I've been in Afghanistan I've walked Indian intelligence setters and I've seen.
The software like a lot like -- -- your being used by the -- -- where is.
Because we don't use it the reality is is that it.
The army as told me and is these are guys that that actually sneak in a while office because I don't wanna be recognized but their army colleagues and peers.
To tell me that.
At the best of their operational capability -- that they use other software that's off the shelf software that's a lot cheaper.
That in fact does save lives -- here's what this is about.
Of course the -- gonna say that their product works expend billions of dollars are already this like the IRS say they didn't do anything wrong this is like the State Department saying that there's no -- Ghazi cover up.
And of course the army's gonna say what the army's order to say.
By -- by higher up army generals and officials say they are gonna come out and say that this billion dollar program.
Doesn't work or is easily bested.
By -- off the shelf competitor made in the end Palo Alto or San Francisco where people do this every day and that's that's her job of the reality is that.
Government programs can't compete.
With off the shelf commercial programs especially when it comes to software we have we have the brightest minds in the world in in Silicon Valley and -- in San Francisco.
Doing these things for big companies big big banks big corporations.
That's what we need to be using in the military will be a lot cheaper a lot more effective and most importantly it'll save lives on the ground in Afghanistan.
In fact you try to make that point in general Odierno in one of the committee hearings that you were holding and help holding and you ended up having.
A testy exchange let's see if we can play that for our viewers for a moment.
Have gaps in the capability in this we have more or capability are today and our intelligence that we've ever had when I was a division commander in 2003.
A company commander today with -- six A has twenty times a capability I had as division commander in 2003.
Obviously you heard and he said that alimony and -- and -- -- capacity so what's your response very quickly as well.
Number 10 Odierno general Odierno is about seven feet tall so imagine having him -- -- number two.
We didn't get the iPhone the iPhone didn't come out till 2007.
There was no I thought we should like we've had the iphones for forever but I -- -- 2007 so for someone to say that.
What we have now is twenty times better than we had -- 2003.
What we have now should be about a thousand times better than what we had in 2003 and there are no Smartphones in 2003 there was no there was no Wi-Fi or shot goes where we have -- -- -- software result that that that just shows you the inability for the big army to understand software.
And what we're dealing right and we are light years.
Head and our army should have the benefit of that Scott Thompson Duncan Hunter.
Thanks so much for coming -- to talk just about this keep us posted what decades.
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