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General Dynamics wins $9m Marine Corps network systems integration contract

14th February 2011 - 20:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded a $9.3 million, eight-month task order to perform network systems integration for the US Marine Corps Systems Command under the US Air Force Network-Centric Solutions (NETCENTS) contract.

Under this contract, General Dynamics will engineer, design, install and test a new dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) backbone transport network at three Marine Corps bases in the United States. This project will modernize the base networks and enhance communications technology. The work will be performed at Camp Pendleton, Calif.; Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego; and Camp Lejeune, N.C.

"With this program, the Marine Corps bases will have access to the next generation of telecommunications and information technology networks, enabling seamless and more rapid dissemination of information," said Kenneth Slaght, vice president and general manager of the Naval IT Solutions sector at General Dynamics Information Technology. "General Dynamics will leverage its experience upgrading similar equipment, infrastructure and networks for US Air Force bases and the Marine Corps, including the Marine Corps Enterprise Information Technology Center."

Dense wavelength division multiplexing is a technology that combines multiple communications signals and sends them simultaneously along a single fiber. The communications signals may include data, voice, video, internet protocol ATM and SONET. This technology enables increased capacity, faster transmission times and easy expansion of capacity.

Source: General Dynamics

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