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General Dynamics Awarded $38 Million for U.S. Marine Corps Combat Operations Centers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – General Dynamics C4 Systems has been awarded a $38 million contract modification from the U.S. Marine Corps System Command for the production of 12 common modules and 24 capability set III Combat Operations Centers. The modules and capability sets will be combined to become six operations centers used by higher-level Marine Corps commanders. Deliveries are expected to be complete by July 2009.

The Marine Corps awarded the first contract for Combat Operations Centers to General Dynamics in 2002. Since then, more than 220 Combat Operations Centers have been ordered for Marine Corps command and control operations at the battalion and regimental levels. This new order will equip the next-higher level of Marine Corps decision-making, the major subordinate commands, with the same command and control capabilities.

“The new Combat Operations Centers forge the next link in networking the command, control and decision-making among Marine Corps echelons,” states Manny Mora, vice president of battle management systems for General Dynamics C4 Systems. “As a command and control system-of-systems, Combat Operations Centers enable Marines to stay connected and quickly move from place to place with standardized equipment and operating systems.”

Combat Operations Centers are the focal point of decision-making for Marine Corps commanders and their staffs. Each operations center comprises a network of workstations and servers supporting standard Tactical Data Systems and other mission-critical software, voice, data and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) communications. Tents, trailers, radios, power generation and other tactical hardware are integrated for a single-system command and control capability wherever Marines fight.

General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), is a leading integrator of secure communication and information systems and technology. The company specializes in command and control, communications networking, space systems, computing and information assurance for defense, government and select commercial customers in the United States and abroad.

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 83,000 people worldwide and anticipates 2007 revenues of more than $27 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. More information about the company is available online at

December 17, 2007
Contact: Fran Jacques
Tel: (480) 441-2885

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