Marine ops centers contract goes to General Dynamics

A $231 million contract modification from the Marine Corps for 165 mobile command and control systems called Combat Operations Centers has been awarded to General Dynamics Corp.

The Falls Church, Va., company will deliver the systems from July 2007 to mid-2009 for regiment and battalion Marine Corps units in Iraq. General Dynamics C4 Systems business unit, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., will produce the combat operations centers.

The combat operations centers let commanders digitally collect and disseminate tactical information needed for an accurate picture of the battlefield situation and quick decision-making during battles. They consist of a network of workstations with large screen displays that support standard tactical data systems and other mission-related software.

The systems integrate nonsecure and secret voice and data communications, voice over IP capabilities and networked servers. They also integrate tents, trailers, radios, power generation and other tactical hardware for deploying command and control operations via air, ground or sea.

The Marine Corps has ordered more than 260 Combat Operation Centers from General Dynamics since the company won the original program contract in 2002.

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

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