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DIA AWARDS GENERAL DYNAMICS $2.4M FOR COLLABORATION SOFTWARE.

General Dynamics Electronic Systems, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD), has announced that it will provide its InfoWorkSpace on-line collaboration software and support for up to 5,000 defense and national intelligence users under a $2.4 million renewal of the Defense Intelligence Agency's Joint Collaborative Environment (JCE) contract.

The DIA exercised the third option year of the JCE contract with General Dynamics and BAE/Synectics. This move more than doubles the number of seats available to analysts and other intelligence professionals. InfoWorkSpace, developed by General Dynamics Electronic Systems, is an on-line collaboration suite that includes voice-over-IP, text chat, desktop video conferencing, whiteboards and virtual file storage.

The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), through its Joint Intelligence Virtual Architecture program, provides military and other federal intelligence agencies with on-line collaboration and knowledge-management technologies. Under the contract, General Dynamics will provide licenses for up to 5,000 seats and provide software integration, troubleshooting, engineering and technical support. In addition, General Dynamics will provide LaunchPad, a companion instant-messaging application, for up to 40,000 users.

"The DIA has been a driving force behind the intelligence community's adoption of collaborative technology," said John Stewart, president of General Dynamics Electronic Systems. "We've been supporting DIA's team for the last two years, and we share their goal of using online tools to bring intelligence agencies closer together. The jump from 2,200 seats to 5,000 seats and opening up LaunchPad to 40,000 are large steps in that direction."

InfoWorkSpace (http://www.infoworkspace.com) is a web-based, bundled package of collaborative tools, facilitating communication, data access and knowledge management. The software uses a physical metaphor to add context to the "virtual" world. Users meet in virtual buildings, floors, and rooms and collaborate using advanced Java collaboration tools. InfoWorkSpace provides a Virtual Conference Center powered by Placeware (http://www.placeware.com) for online presentations and meetings.

General Dynamics Electronic Systems General Dynamics Electronic Systems, an operating unit of General Dynamics, provides support to intelligence, command and control, and electronic warfare programs of the U.S. government and selected export markets. General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 44,000 people worldwide and has annualized sales of approximately $10 billion. The company has leading market positions in business aviation, information systems, shipbuilding and marine systems, and land and amphibious combat systems. InfoWorkSpace and LaunchPad are registered trademarks of General Dynamics.
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Publication:EDP Weekly's IT Monitor
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Date:Dec 25, 2000
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