Palantir wins $823 million DCGS-Army contract

By Ethan Sterenfeld / October 6, 2021 at 10:54 AM

Palantir Technologies won the competition to provide the Distributed Common Ground System-Army Capability Drop 2, which is expected to be worth $823 million, the Army announced Oct. 6.

“The Delivery Order enables the operational testing of Distributed Common Ground System-Army Capability Drop 2,” according to a press release from the Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors. “This award is the culmination of a year’s worth of intense vendor competition that included multiple tests with Soldiers.”

Palantir competed against BAE Systems for Capability Drop 2 orders, which will add new data about terrain, weather and threats to the DCGS, a system for collecting and disseminating intelligence among commanders at various echelons.

The upgrades will take existing data from different sources and present them in a single platform, according to a Palantir press release. Existing Army intelligence data platforms will also migrate to the platform provided in Capability Drop 2.

Palantir’s platform for Capability Drop 2 “is an operating system for defense decision making and is specifically designed to connect the dots between disparate sources,” the Palantir press release stated. “The Army Intelligence community will use this capability to modernize their data foundation by migrating legacy programs to CD-2.”