General Dynamics will upgrade Army communication network

NEEDHAM, Mass., 30 Jan. 2006. General Dynamics Network Systems has been chosen by the U.S. Army to modernize communications and data network infrastructure at Fort Bliss, Texas. The work is valued at $15.6 million over two years if all options are exercised.

NEEDHAM, Mass., 30 Jan. 2006. General Dynamics Network Systems has been chosen by the U.S. Army to modernize communications and data network infrastructure at Fort Bliss, Texas. The work is valued at $15.6 million over two years if all options are exercised.

At Ft. Bliss, General Dynamics will upgrade the data and voice network infrastructure by installing the latest Internet Protocol telephony technology, as well as a gigabit Ethernet data network. The Army recently selected Fort Bliss as the site for its Evaluation Brigade Combat Team, where Future Combat Systems will be evaluated. The upgraded communications network will support this activity.

"These efforts are a crucial part of the Army's continuing transformation to a brigade-sized, rapidly deployable force," said Steve Coughlan, senior director of the Army infrastructure services group at General Dynamics Network Systems. "This upgrade will continue our partnership with the Army in its move toward true convergence of the military's voice and data networks."

This contract was competitively awarded under the Army's Digital Switched Systems Modernization Program, as part of the Installation Information Infrastructure Program (I3MP) program. I3MP is the Army's multi-year initiative to upgrade all of its installations worldwide, providing greater bandwidth to address increasing demands for voice, video and data services.

This award continues General Dynamics Network Systems' legacy of providing network infrastructure solutions to the Army worldwide. The company has completed similar infrastructure work in Germany, Iraq and Kuwait, and has upgraded voice switches and installed data networks throughout Korea.

This contract was awarded by the Defense Communications Systems CONUS, a unit of the Army's Project Manager, Defense Communications and Army Switched Systems (PM DCASS) organization.

General Dynamics Network Systems is a world-class information technology (IT) architect and systems integrator of converged voice, video and data networks that are secure, scalable, survivable and interoperable. Our 7,000 dedicated professionals design, build, integrate, and operate enterprise and wireless networks for government and commercial customers worldwide. For more information, see www.gd-ns.com.

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 72,200 people worldwide and had 2005 revenue of $21.2 billion. The company is a market leader in mission-critical information systems and technologies; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and business aviation. For more information, see www.generaldynamics.com.

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