FAIRFAX, Va. - General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), provided secure wireless and rapid connectivity during the Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID), June 9-19, 2008 at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Va. CWID is a Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed annual event that enables multiple government and non-government agencies to evaluate new technologies in a scripted, controlled, scenario-driven operational environment.
General Dynamics deployed its Secure Wireless Infrastructure System (SWIS) at CWID. The SWIS provides highly secure and reliable wireless connectivity of voice, video and data that is rapidly deployable to support multi-agency information sharing. The SWIS combined X- and Ku-band satellite communications to support quality voice communications using Internet Protocol (IP) phones, deliver streaming video and provide high-resolution videoconferencing. It also successfully integrated softphones and land mobile radio connectivity onto the satellite communications network.
The SWIS exercise connected the host command in Dahlgren, Va.; Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) Indian Head, Md.; War-fighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T), Ft. Monmouth, NJ; Skyport, Houston, Texas; U.S. Army Kelley Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany; and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Hyattsville, Md.
"Reliable and compatible communications can save lives when you are on the battlefield coordinating disaster response efforts with multiple agencies," said Ken Slaght, vice president and general manager of Navy/Air Force Systems Maritime Systems for General Dynamics Information Technology. “The SWIS infrastructure continues to demonstrate its flexibility and reliability for connecting multiple agencies throughout the globe and providing the voice, video and data applications that are pivotal for coordinated military or homeland security and response operations.”
The CWID demonstration investigates interagency information sharing and coalition interoperability as well as homeland security and defense capabilities. Solutions approved for participation must address a new information sharing capability or improve an existing capability to enhance decision making and operational flexibility for military and homeland defense and civil support crisis response operations.
As a trusted systems integrator for more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology provides information technology (IT), systems engineering and professional services to customers in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, federal civilian government and commercial sectors. With 15,000 professionals worldwide, the company manages large-scale, mission-critical IT programs delivering IT services and enterprise solutions. More information about General Dynamics Information Technology is available at www.gdit.com.
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 84,600 people worldwide and anticipates 2008 revenues of approximately $29.5 billion. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about the company is available on the Internet at www.generaldynamics.com.