Monday, June 21, 2010

General Dynamics Awarded $49 Million to Support the U.S. Air Force's Distributed Common Ground System

General Dynamics Awarded $49 Million to Support the U.S. Air Force's Distributed Common Ground System
June 21, 2010

FAIRFAX, Va., -General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a $49 million contract to support the U.S. Air Force's Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) and Project Liberty. The contract covers three years if all options are exercised.

General Dynamics will perform network administration, systems administration, hardware maintenance and logistics and warehouse support for Air Force and Air National Guard DCGS sites as well as the Project Liberty and Squadron Operations Centers that support Predator and Reaper operations. This support can be performed around-the-clock if needed.

The Distributed Common Ground System is the Air Force's premier globally networked intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance weapon system. With 20 geographically separated, networked sites, the DCGS produces intelligence information collected by the U-2, RQ-4 Global Hawk, MQ-9 Reaper and MQ-1 Predator aircraft. Project Liberty exploitation cells provides sustainable, deployed full-motion video processing, exploitation and dissemination (PED) cells to joint ground forces at the Corps level and below to exploit data collected from Air Force-flown MC-12 Liberty aircraft

The company will support Robins Air Force Base, Ga., with depot operations and program management support to the 578th Aircraft Sustainment Squadron. The General Dynamics-led team includes BOSH Global Services, Newport News, Va.., who will assist General Dynamics with providing support to the enterprise as required.

"General Dynamics looks forward to continuing our partnership with the U.S. Air Force to provide sustainment and support for the Distributed Common Ground System," said Thomas Kirchmaier, senior vice president for General Dynamics Information Technology's Intelligence Solutions Division. "Our people are focused on the customers increased mission requirements and are dedicated to ensuring mission continuity as well as enabling delivery of critical intelligence to the Warfighter."

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