General Dynamics Awarded $5 Million To Redesign Air Force Networks

    NEEDHAM, Mass., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics Network Systems
 has been awarded $5 million to redesign major network components of the Air
 Force Combat Information Transport System (CITS) intranet.  General Dynamics
 Network Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE:   GD).
     Under this nine-month delivery order, called CITS Block 30, General
 Dynamics will redesign the Air Force unclassified (Non-Secure Internet
 Protocol Router Network, or NIPRNET) and classified (Secret Internet Protocol
 Router Network, or SIPRNET) network operations/information assurance (NO/IA)
     This award will enable the Air Force to take advantage of the latest
 network technologies, which offer significantly more capability and
 scalability than the networks that are in place today.  Additionally, the
 redesign offers the opportunity to enhance the Air Force's security posture,
 improve management capabilities, and consolidate NO/IA staffing at the network
 operations and security centers and continuity of operations sites, greatly
 enhancing efficiency and conserving scarce resources.  This effort, providing
 for service to both the unclassified and classified networks in Block 30,
 allows for commonality of architecture, equipment, and training.
     General Dynamics will provide a wide range of experienced technical and
 program management expertise, including system and network engineering, and
 hardware and software in support of the redesign of the Air Force NIPRNET and
 SIPRNET Architectures.
     "This award exemplifies General Dynamics' leadership in providing secure
 network capabilities in support of network centric operations, not only to the
 Air Force but to the entire DoD," said Dan Allen, senior vice president and
 general manager of General Dynamics Network Systems.  "It builds on our very
 successful Pentagon Renovation program and other efforts throughout the
 military services."
     This competitively awarded delivery order continues a successful evolution
 of services that General Dynamics delivers to the CITS program office.
 General Dynamics regularly delivers base level network infrastructure to the
 Air Force CITS program and has delivered the base backbone transport systems
 within the U.S. at eight Air Force bases over the last year.  Overseas,
 General Dynamics has delivered systems to Anderson, Incirlik, Kunsan, and
 Yokota Air Bases.  General Dynamics is also currently performing network
 integration efforts at seven Air Force bases, as well as Cape Canaveral AFS
 and Hurlburt Field, Fl.
     About General Dynamics Network Systems
     General Dynamics Network Systems has been designing and building complex
 telecommunications networks for nearly 50 years.  More than 5,800 skilled
 technical personnel provide design, integration, installation and support
 services for enterprise, wireless and space-based networks.  More information
 about General Dynamics Network Systems is available at
     About General Dynamics
     General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs
 approximately 66,900 people worldwide and anticipates 2003 revenues of $16.1
 billion.  The company has leading market positions in mission-critical
 information systems and technologies, land and amphibious combat systems,
 shipbuilding and marine systems, and business aviation.  More information is
 available at

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