Congressman Duncan Hunter Gets Taken To The Woodshed By General Odierno
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[Congressman Duncan Hunter Gets Taken To The Woodshed By General Odierno]
So if you could perhaps to the record respond to that and what we’re doing generally speaking? Thank you so much. Yield back.
[Duncan Hunter] Source: LYBIO.net
Thank you Mr. Chairman – gentlemen thank you for your service, thank you for all that you’ve done for the country and for the army and the men and women that serve under you. We’ve talked it in the past Mr. Secretary and General about the thing called the, Distributed Common Ground System, it’s the army’s intelligence gathering software product that is out there. I appreciate it General that you’ve sent the Vice Chief yesterday. We had a great talk with him about the Distributed Common Ground System. My question there comes, not really a question, I’ve got some information that third ID contrary to what I’ve been told about the army still doesn’t have commercial off-the-shelf product that they are using in Afghanistan back in Fort Stewart. I have right in front of me that the G3 directed a hold on the 3rd ID operational need statement for Fort Stewart for the reach back from Afghanistan, so they can train the people that are going to take their place there. And also use their analysts in covenants helping them in Afghanistan. So you still have units that are requested in the off-the-shelf product that are not getting it. That’s number one.
Number 2; I can’t wait and I look forward to working with you and like I talked with the Vice Chief yesterday, on a way forward to work out how we can leverage and use the innovation and the ingenuity that exists in the open market in places like Silicon Valley and the North East, we have great commercial products, we have really smart people doing things that the army is doing. When the army creates its own cloud, Google did their cloud a few years ago and it’s fairly successful. DCGS cloud isn’t working yet, but it’s soon to be there.
Apple created a cloud a few years ago, its working fantastic, that’s what I use on my phone right now. We have a lot of products and a lot of commercial software out there in this time of extreme budgets cuts. We’ve already spent almost $3 billion on DCGS, we’ve asked for another I think $270 million this year, life cycle cost going upwards towards $8 billion or $9 billion dollars going into the future here on an internal DOD in the belt way trying to recreate systems that already exists in real life and are used by big business every single day, that are used by the CIA, the DEA, the FBI, all the special operation forces they use some of these off-the-shelf products. And I just look forward to working with you to fix this because what we want is the best for the war fighter in the most economic way possible. The most efficient and least bureaucratic way forward to get into the war fighter’s hand what they need and like I said, the 3rd ID still have their operational need statement turned out. So with that Mr. Chairman, I yield back.
Maybe a responder, I think I heard a question.
Well, I don’t want to respond, the gentleman’s is going to leave so, would you – would you care to hear a brief response?
Mr. Secretary we’ve been talking about this for about a year and a half and this 20 day old e-mail or the 3rd ID still doesn’t have reached back to the off-the-shelf system. We can talk all we want to it’s not assuming – going anywhere. So that’s – I am happy to stay here and hear your response.
First off, I object to this. I am tired of somebody telling me, I don’t care about our soldiers and we don’t respond.
[Unknown Speaker] Source: LYBIO.net
Everybody and my staff cares about it and they do all they can to help. So if you want to bring up an anecdotal incident, let’s sit down, talk about it and we’ll give you the response. My guess if I go back to my staff, they’ll tell you in fact was responded too and they’ll tell you they don’t need or they’ve said they’ve since not requested so they don’t need it anymore. We’ve been going back and forth with this for months and I am tired of anecdotal incidents.
If you don’t you…
Wait hold a second let me answer.
You are a very powerful personality but that doesn’t refutes the facts that you have gaps in the capability in this (inaudible (army)) (4:19).
[General Odierno] We have more capability today in our intelligence than we’ve ever had. When I was the division commander in 2003, a company commander today with DCGSA has 20 times the capability I had as a division commander in 2003. Our Intel organization has move forward great. Let me go back to the statistics, it’s $10.2 billion dollars over 30 years, that’s the DCGSA program. From 2005 to 2038, let’s be careful about the statistics here. Okay, so I want to have a conversation about this. I don’t want you to get briefed on DCGSA. DCGSA is much more than what we’re talking about here as link analysis and visualization, it is a capability that allows us to link intelligence from the national level all the way down to individual level.
Absolutely. General, I’m with you, I understand.
And I can go to 30 places that tell me, it’s working tremendously. Is it perfect? No. Well we have iterative processes that can inject more technology absolutely and I want to work with you on that as we go forward.
[Duncan Hunter] Source: LYBIO.net
If you don’t let me say anything, we can’t have a conversation.
Well you are going to let us say anything?
You are right, but I have that prerogative when I am sitting up here.
Well I have a prerogative too and that’s answer a question or an accusation when it’s made.
Number one, I was not accusatory. Number two, there was (5:35) (inaudible) made, but with that I yield back the balance of my time again, Mr. Chairman.
[Chairman] Source: LYBIO.net
I am aware of this problem that we’ve had and the reason I want to let the General respond. We made progress, I thought yesterday on this and I want to have that meeting that we set up and we will move forward on this, but I think that we will get this resolved, but I wanted to let the General respond and you’ve both had your word on this now and we will follow up with these meetings. We will get to the bottom of this. Thank you very much.
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