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GENERAL DYNAMICS DEPLOYS MORE THAN 5000 "COMMAND POSTS" TO ARMY.

General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD), Scottsdale, Ariz., has deployed more than 500 Command Post of the Future (CPOF) systems in support of the U.S. Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom. CPOF is part of a program to insert technology into the Army's Battle Command System (ABCS), a suite of networked digital systems that enable interoperability at all levels across the battlespace.

CPOF enables commanders and their staffs - more than 200 simultaneous users - to collaboratively develop operational plans, then monitor plan rehearsal and execution from geographically dispersed headquarters. The system runs on a commercial off-the-shelf computer workstation with three screens that provide a user-friendly, shared environment that rapidly displays and manipulates current operational information about friend and foe units. Information, including images and data, is seen in two and three dimensions across the distributed workspace.

By sharing situational awareness and collaborating with headquarters, warfighters can reduce their exposure to roadside threats.

"CPOF has been credited with saving lives and is becoming one of the most relevant command and control systems used by the Army today," said Manny Mora, vice president of Battle Management for General Dynamics C4 Systems. "This is a great example of cutting edge technology that's been rapidly placed into the hands of warfighters."

After successful completion of an $18 million contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in June 2004 to field CPOF in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the program transitioned from DARPA to the Army in February 2006. CPOF is now managed by PM Battle Command at Ft. Monmouth, NJ, which directs the program's deployment, sustainment and feature development for the Army. In May 2006, the U.S. Marine Corps awarded General Dynamics an engineering design contract to determine how CPOF could be integrated into its Combat Operations Centers. It was also used in the U.S. Air Force's Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment 06 at Langley AFB, Va., and the U.S. Joint Forces Command Urban Resolve 2015 series of experiments in October 2006.

About General Dynamics

General Dynamics C4 Systems is a leading integrator of secure communication and information systems and technology. With more than 11,000 employees worldwide, the company specializes in command and control, communications networking, space systems, computing and information assurance for defense, government and select commercial customers in the United States and abroad.

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 81,100 people worldwide and expects 2006 revenues of approximately $24 billion. The company is a market leader in mission-critical information systems and technologies; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and business aviation.

For more information, visit http://www.generaldynamics.com or call 480/441-2885.
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