Army, General Dynamics team up for network infrastructure

The Army has awarded General Dynamics Corp. a two-year, $15.6 million task order to modernize the communications and data network infrastructure at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Under the task order, General Dynamics' network systems business unit will install the latest Protocol telephony technology and a Gigabit Ethernet data network.

The Army recently selected Fort Bliss as the site for its Evaluation Brigade Combat Team, where future combat systems will be evaluated. The upgraded communications network will support this activity.

The task order was issued under the Army's Digital Switched Systems Modernization Program as part of the Installation Information Infrastructure Program. It is the Army's initiative to upgrade all its installations worldwide by providing greater bandwidth to meet increasing demands for voice, video and data services.

General Dynamics has performed similar infrastructure work in Germany, Iraq and Kuwait and has upgraded voice switches and installed data networks throughout South Korea.

Roseanne Gerin is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication Washington Technology.

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