Intelligence Carry-On Program (ICOP)

The Intelligence Carry-On Program (ICOP) is a portable, ruggedized workstation that is available in multiple hardware configurations based on size and processing requirements. It opens to provide an integrated 3-D picture of the battlespace across three monitors.

ICOP provides enterprise interoperability and data sharing with the DEN, Maritime Operations Centers and the force-level Distributed Common Ground Station-Navy (DCGS-N) Exploitation Suite. Afloat users can access the same Office of Naval Intelligence’s DCGS-N Enterprise Node (DEN) gateway used by the DCGS family of systems and greater U.S. intelligence community.

The portable ICOP system includes easy-to-use applications, local shared storage and enterprise access to support near-real-time decision making, Intelligence can be analyzed, fused and disseminated directly from national, tactical and organic sensors. There is an optional full-motion video (FMV) module, capable of being configured with multiple mature commercial and government off-the-shelf applications to support specific mission needs. Additionally, every platform deployed with ICOP becomes a sensor through its ability to rapidly deploy afloat, integrate organic shipboard FMV sensors and disseminate intelligence directly into the enterprise.

As deployed naval units face dynamic conditions and environments, they must rely on external information from the Department of Defense, intelligence agencies and coalition forces. BAE Systems is the prime contractor for the U.S. Navy’s Distributed Common Ground System-Navy (DCGS-N) program and the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence’s DCGS Enterprise Architecture. DCGS-N provides the Navy with robust processing and exploitation capabilities for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting (ISR&T). Analysts can access intelligence data from organic and external sources in disconnected, intermittent and low-bandwidth communications environments on force-level ships equipped with the DCGS-N Exploitation Suite (DES) and with connectivity to the Office of Naval Intelligence’s DCGS-N Enterprise Node (DEN).

As DCGS-N expands support to current operations, the U.S. Navy is extending similar system functionality, based on U.S. Fleet Forces requirements, to unit-level ships. BAE Systems is partnered with the Office of Naval Research, PEO-C4I and SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific to rapidly research, integrate and deploy a DCGS-N operational prototype to address the needs of intelligence specialists on cruisers, destroyers and similar-sized ships, as well as deployable expeditionary ashore nodes.

Operationally-proven capability
The DCGS-N ICOP prototype successfully demonstrated its full-motion video and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities while installed on a U.S. Navy cruiser during Trident Warrior 11 in July 2011. As a result of its success, proven value and strong operational feedback from the operational commander, ICOP is currently deployed on the USS Vicksburg (CG 69) to further develop and refine final requirements for the follow-on, program-level funded Intelligence Carry-On Program for the U.S. Navy, managed by the DCGS-N Program Office.

An experienced partner
BAE Systems leverages proven command, control, computing, communication and ISR systems experience to transition the Navy from proprietary components and applications to commercial, off-the-shelf hardware and software. Applications and services can run onboard and off-board to provide vital ISR&T processing and exploitation capabilities and access to data from the best sources available. BAE Systems is uniquely experienced to design, develop and tailor commercial and government off-the-shelf DCGS systems so that our forces maintain information dominance in any battlespace.