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General Dynamics - Air Force Team Wins DOD Modeling and Simulation Award for Wargaming Efforts

FAIRFAX, Va. – The Air Force A5XS team, comprising Air Force officers and General Dynamics Information Technology staff, was awarded the 2007 Department of Defense Modeling and Simulation Common and Cross-Cutting Award at the Defense Modeling and Simulation Conference in Hampton Roads, Va. The award is presented annually to teams or individuals for their outstanding achievements in the development or application of models and simulations within the Department of Defense. General Dynamics Information Technology is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

The team was recognized for ground-breaking work integrating modeling and simulation tools to support the analytical and information technology needs of Air Force Title 10 and Joint Wargaming exercises, which are conducted to prepare military services for operational and future alternative combat concepts. During the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff’s Unified Engagement 06 wargame, the team delivered a wargame information environment that placed powerful and intuitive information retrieval, analysis and visualization tools in the hands of joint and coalition participants. The work was performed under the Air Force A5X Wargaming Support contract that was awarded to General Dynamics in August 2006.

Under the contract, the team developed over 100,000 lines of code while seamlessly integrating the capabilities of 15 disparate models. Serving over 300 wargamers, including senior leaders from every branch of the military, the team charged through an aggressive two-year design, procurement and development cycle supporting 10 worldwide wargame events. The result was a state-of-the-art, data-centric, user-friendly, automated and web-based graphical user interface (GUI) that drastically reduced player training requirements while vastly enhancing player productivity.

“General Dynamics’ technical support raised both the fidelity and depth of insights gained from the Unified Engagement wargame,” said Ken Hess, vice president and general manager for Air Force Systems for General Dynamics Information Technology. “We are proud to have played an important role in the success of the largest wargame ever conducted by the Air Force.”

The A5XS team also received the 2007 Air Force Modeling and Simulation Cross-Functional Award. In addition, General Dynamics Senior Scientist John Noss was awarded the 2007 National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA) Modeling and Simulation Cross-Function Award for his visionary technical contribution to the ground-breaking integration of modeling and simulation tools in support of Air Force and Joint Wargaming.

About General Dynamics Information Technology
As a trusted systems integrator for more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology provides information technology (IT), systems engineering and professional services to customers in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, federal civil, international and commercial sectors. With 16,000 professionals worldwide, the company manages large-scale, mission-critical IT programs delivering IT services and enterprise solutions. More information about General Dynamics Information Technology is available at

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 82,600 people worldwide and had 2006 revenues of $24.1 billion. 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.

June 27, 2007
Contact: Mark Meudt
Tel: (703) 246-0525


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