General Dynamics Awarded Engineering Services Contract With Potential Value of $260M

Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from General Dynamics Electronic Systems

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics Electronic
 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE:   GD), yesterday was awarded
 a contract to provide engineering services to support the measurement and
 signature intelligence (MASINT) exploitation mission of the National Air
 Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  The eight-year
 indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract has a potential value
 of $260 million.  General Dynamics was one of two companies awarded contracts
 under the program, and will lead a 17-company team in providing services.
     MASINT is a broad category of intelligence that covers information outside
 of traditional signals intelligence (SIGINT), imagery intelligence (IMINT) and
 human intelligence (HUMINT).  MASINT includes data from radar, optical,
 infrared, acoustic, radiation and other sensors and the sampling of gas,
 liquid and solid materials.  The National Air Intelligence Center, part of the
 Air Force's Air Combat Command (ACC) Air Intelligence Agency, provides
 aerospace-based intelligence capabilities to the military and national
 intelligence community.
     The General Dynamics team will develop, modify and integrate software and
 systems used to collect, process, analyze and exploit MASINT data.  In
 addition, the contract calls for the integration and fusion of intelligence
 information from signals intelligence, imagery intelligence, MASINT and other
 sources into a common operating architecture.
     "MASINT is the next generation of intelligence knowledge and has vast,
 untapped potential.  This is an opportunity for our company to bring to bare
 45 years of intel-focused technology know-how and plow new ground with the
 collective strengths of our customer and teaming partners," said Craig
 Gravelle, vice president and general manager of space and surveillance for
 General Dynamics Electronic Systems.
     The contract covers evaluation and improvement of current capabilities,
 development and upgrade of databases, creation of new analysis techniques,
 support for field experimentation and the simulation and evaluation of
 emerging collection technologies.
     MASINT intelligence data is collected, processed and analyzed by custom
 systems to detect and define signatures - the characteristics -- of fixed and
 mobile sources.  In addition, MASINT includes advanced processing and
 exploitation of traditional signals intelligence and imagery intelligence
 data.
 
     About General Dynamics
     General Dynamics Electronic Systems provides systems, hardware and
 software engineering services to the military and intelligence community for a
 wide range of custom computer and communication systems.
     General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs
 approximately 46,000 people and anticipates 2001 sales of approximately $11.5
 billion. The company has leading market positions in business aviation,
 information systems, shipbuilding and marine systems, and land and amphibious
 combat systems.  More information about General Dynamics is available at
 http://www.generaldynamics.com .
 
 

SOURCE General Dynamics Electronic Systems
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics Electronic
 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE:   GD), yesterday was awarded
 a contract to provide engineering services to support the measurement and
 signature intelligence (MASINT) exploitation mission of the National Air
 Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  The eight-year
 indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract has a potential value
 of $260 million.  General Dynamics was one of two companies awarded contracts
 under the program, and will lead a 17-company team in providing services.
     MASINT is a broad category of intelligence that covers information outside
 of traditional signals intelligence (SIGINT), imagery intelligence (IMINT) and
 human intelligence (HUMINT).  MASINT includes data from radar, optical,
 infrared, acoustic, radiation and other sensors and the sampling of gas,
 liquid and solid materials.  The National Air Intelligence Center, part of the
 Air Force's Air Combat Command (ACC) Air Intelligence Agency, provides
 aerospace-based intelligence capabilities to the military and national
 intelligence community.
     The General Dynamics team will develop, modify and integrate software and
 systems used to collect, process, analyze and exploit MASINT data.  In
 addition, the contract calls for the integration and fusion of intelligence
 information from signals intelligence, imagery intelligence, MASINT and other
 sources into a common operating architecture.
     "MASINT is the next generation of intelligence knowledge and has vast,
 untapped potential.  This is an opportunity for our company to bring to bare
 45 years of intel-focused technology know-how and plow new ground with the
 collective strengths of our customer and teaming partners," said Craig
 Gravelle, vice president and general manager of space and surveillance for
 General Dynamics Electronic Systems.
     The contract covers evaluation and improvement of current capabilities,
 development and upgrade of databases, creation of new analysis techniques,
 support for field experimentation and the simulation and evaluation of
 emerging collection technologies.
     MASINT intelligence data is collected, processed and analyzed by custom
 systems to detect and define signatures - the characteristics -- of fixed and
 mobile sources.  In addition, MASINT includes advanced processing and
 exploitation of traditional signals intelligence and imagery intelligence
 data.
 
     About General Dynamics
     General Dynamics Electronic Systems provides systems, hardware and
 software engineering services to the military and intelligence community for a
 wide range of custom computer and communication systems.
     General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs
 approximately 46,000 people and anticipates 2001 sales of approximately $11.5
 billion. The company has leading market positions in business aviation,
 information systems, shipbuilding and marine systems, and land and amphibious
 combat systems.  More information about General Dynamics is available at
 http://www.generaldynamics.com .
 
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