Army enlists General Dynamics for communications work

The U.S. Army has awarded contracts worth $7 million to General Dynamics for modernization of the communications and data infrastructure at Ford Drum, N.Y., and Fort Lewis, Wash., according to the company.

The facilities are 'power projection platforms,' used by the Army to strategically deploy one or more high-priority active component brigades and mobilize and deploy high-priority Army reserve component units.

General Dynamics' network systems business unit will perform the work. At Fort Drum, the company will upgrade the telecommunications switching system with voice over IP technology.

The work, valued at $6.2 million, was awarded under the Army's Digital Switched Systems Modernization Program. Under this program, along with the associated Installation Information Infrastructure Program, the Army is upgrading all its installations worldwide to provide greater bandwidth for voice, video and data services. General Dynamics has provided communication solutions at Fort Drum for more than 10 years.

At Fort Lewis, General Dynamics has a subcontract from Information Systems Support Inc. of Gaithersburg, Md., to design the network infrastructure for the installation near Seattle. The order, valued at $800,000, was awarded under the General Services Administration's Connections contract.

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