General Dynamics Awarded $95 Million Contract for U.S. Navy Information Fusion Center

FAIRFAX, Va. , Feb. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems a contract for research, development and operation of Information Fusion (IF) as it relates to the Information Fusion Center established by the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division to support U.S. Navy, Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security operations. The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract, to be managed by the Information Fusion Center at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in China Lake, Calif. , has a maximum potential value to General Dynamics of $95.2 million. The company will have the opportunity to bid on each individual task order. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

Information Fusion is the process of correlating data from multiple sources to derive information of enhanced value to users. Efforts under this contract will include research and development, integration and testing, continual advancement and operation of the Information Fusion Center; training for newly developed software, hardware and other products; and independent verification and validation of sensors and systems relating to critical infrastructure protection and force protection. Work will be performed at facilities in Santa Clara and China Lake, Calif.

"General Dynamics and its teammates have developed and fielded information fusion technologies for more than 25 years," said Lou Von Thaer , president of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. "From day one, we will leverage this experience to deliver operationally proven information fusion systems enabling greater situational awareness, threat assessments and resource management."

General Dynamics will leverage its Quarterback Information Fusion capability and team members' fusion expertise for each task. Quarterback is an IF system with a service-oriented architecture designed for the "plug-n-play" addition of fusion services. It currently provides the foundation for the Story Maker system, which provides the Navy with the necessary architecture to ensure multi-service/multi-platform utility, interoperability and timely dissemination of fused intelligence information to operational forces.

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is the integrating prime for a team of information fusion industry leaders, including General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Va. ; Raytheon - Network Centric Systems, St. Petersburg, Fla. ; Northrop Grumman Information Technology, Chantilly, Va. ; Whitney, Bradley and Brown (WBB), Reston, Va. ; New Directions Technologies Inc. (NDTI), Ridgecrest, Calif. ; International Association of Virtual Organizations, Research and Scientific (IAVO) , Durham, N.C. ; and Advanced Fusion Technologies (AFT), Springfield, Va.

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems designs, develops, manufactures, integrates, operates and maintains mission systems for defense, space, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, homeland security and homeland defense customers. Headquartered in Fairfax, Va. , the company specializes in ground systems; imagery processing; mission payloads; space vehicles; maritime subsurface, surface and airborne mission systems; and tasking, collection, processing, exploitation and dissemination programs for national intelligence. More information is available on the Internet at www.gd-ais.com.

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va. , employs approximately 92,300 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about the company is available on the Internet at www.generaldynamics.com.

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