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General Dynamics Awarded $30 Million Contract for Information Technology Support and Services of Counter-Drug Task Force

NEEDHAM, Mass. – General Dynamics Network Systems has been awarded a contract valued at $30 million over the next six years to provide information technology support and related services to the Joint Inter-Agency Task Force South (JIATF South). The contract has a total potential value of up to $98 million, if all options are exercised. General Dynamics Network Systems is a business unit in the General Dynamics Information Systems and Technology group.

The primary mission of the Joint Inter-Agency Task Force South is the coordination of international counter-narcotics operations to interdict the flow of illicit drugs across the Caribbean, Central and South America and Eastern Pacific regions. It is composed of representatives from the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (U.S. Coast Guard and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement), the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Defense Intelligence Agency and selected international coalition partners.

General Dynamics has been supporting this customer since 1990 and has more than 40 personnel on site at the JIATF South, Naval Air Station Truman Annex, in Key West, Florida. Under this contract, General Dynamics performs operational analysis, IT systems installation and maintenance, logistics support, language translation and interpretation, budget analysis, protocol support, conference support, security services, administrative activity, and information assurance.

“We are very proud of our role in supporting this customer and this critical mission area,” said Robert Dillon, a vice president for General Dynamics Network Systems. “General Dynamics Network Systems is dedicated to providing the very best support possible. Particularly in light of recent world events, we are poised to react quickly and decisively to any shift in mission focus.”

Among other missions, the task force utilizes and integrates command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) systems to coordinate operations and intelligence information with other counter-drug centers, law enforcement agencies, and domestic and international counter-drug partners. It collects, fuses and disseminates information from all participating agencies to operational forces for tactical action.

This competitive contract was awarded by the National Institutes of Health, under its Chief Information Officer Solutions and Partners 2 (CIO-SP2) contract, and is a follow-on to a five-year task order awarded to General Dynamics by the Department of Transportation.

General Dynamics Network Systems, headquartered in Needham, Mass., has been designing and building complex telecommunications networks for nearly 50 years. More than 4,000 skilled technical personnel provide design, integration, installation and support services for enterprise, wireless and space-based networks. More information about General Dynamics Network Systems is available at www.gd-ns.com.

General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 57,000 people worldwide and had 2002 revenues of $13.8 billion. The company has leading market positions in land and amphibious combat systems, mission-critical information systems and technologies, shipbuilding and marine systems, and business aviation.

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General Dynamics Corporation (ticker: GD, exchange: NYSE)
News Release - Tuesday, June 3, 2003
Press Contact: (781) 455-2286

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