Army taps General Dynamics for new WIN-T order

The Army recently placed a $75 million order with General Dynamics C4 Systems for computers and network equipment to be used in the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical program, General Dynamics announced today. The order is part of the government's Common Hardware/Software 3 (CHS-3) contract that includes hardware and software for WIN-T.

Separately, the Defense Department reported to Congress in late November that the first two phases of WIN-T will carry a combined price tag of $7.8 billion. The estimate for WIN-T was part of the Army's revisions of the cost, schedule and performance of its programs contained in the Selected Acquisition Reports it submitted to Congress for the September 2007 reporting period. In the reports, the Army gives Congress updates on significant changes in the status of its programs, including departures from its original estimates of their cost, schedule or performance.

The reports are required for programs that are more than 15 percent over budget or more than six months late, as well as for new or significantly restructured programs. In the case of WIN-T, the Army said its $7.8 billion estimate is a new budgetary baseline for the first two phases of WIN-T and will be the basis for future adjustments, if necessary. The Army is handling WIN-T as a new program since it launched WIN-T in October as a replacement for and restructuring of its earlier Joint Network Node acquisition after several false starts with JNN. With WIN-T, the Army restructured its procurement strategy for the program and divided it into four increments so new technologies could be fielded as soon as they become available.

In the updates it recently provided to Congress, the Army estimated that WIN-T's Phase 1 will cost just under $3.9 billion, and that Phase 2 will cost just more than $3.9 billion, for a total cost of $7.8 billion.

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