SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., 24 March 2007.General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded one of two $5 million development contracts for the U.S. Army's Programmable Objective Encryption Technologies (POET) program.
The program will produce next-generation, Type 1 cryptographic technologies for future communications equipment and networks used by joint forces. The total contract value could reach $12.3 million if all options are exercised.
The POET program is aligned with the National Security Agency's Cryptographic Modernization Initiative, and will enable high data-rate, multi-level security for voice, video, data, and imagery from a variety of military equipment and networks, including U.S. Navy multi-band terminals and U.S. Air Force advanced broadband terminals equipment and networks, such as the Army's Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) and the Navy's ForceNet programs.
General Dynamics will deliver preliminary encryption device designs to the Army in 2007 with finished devices delivered by 2009.
"The POET-based devices will be among the first to secure very large amounts of information moving between equipment, services and networks across a widely distributed battlespace," says John Cole, vice president of Information Assurance at General Dynamics C4 Systems.