GD to build IT center for Marine Corps

General Dynamics Corp. has won a five-year contract worth as much as $95 million to lead a team that will create an enterprise information technology center for the Marine Corps.

The Marine Corps Systems Command contract calls for General Dynamics Information Technology to design, build and integrate the first Marine Corps Enterprise IT Services Center.

The center will provide application-hosting capabilities, enterprise-shared services, access to enterprisewide information, collaboration and information sharing across business and warfighter domains.

General Dynamics’ team includes Hewlett-Packard Co., Electronic Data Systems, Smartronix Inc., of California, Md., and Zenetex LLC of Herndon, Va.

The partnership with the Corps command will provide a world-class Enterprise IT Center that will establish a more efficient, effective, secure and responsive information technology enterprise, said Kenneth Slaght, vice president of the Naval IT Solutions Sector at General Dynamics Information Technology.

No initial award has been announced.

General Dynamics Information Technology is a division of General Dynamics Corp. The parent company ranks No. 6 on Washington Technology’s 2008 Top 100 list of the largest federal government prime contractors.

About the Author

David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

Reader Comments

Fri, Jan 30, 2009 Steve Mackie Springfield, VA

It's interesting to see the Marine Corps finally stepping out on this long planned effort. Back in 2004, I conducted the enterprise-wide data storage assessment and legacy application server audit for the Marine Corps which became the basis for the MCEITS program of record. It's clear the Marines are set on maintaining their own separate "domain" - to use the word loosely. I suppose the Dept of the Navy would have preferred to see them go in on a combined effort with the Navy. The Marines have always won that debate by demonstating they would have to accept a significant lowering of the security bar to operate in the same domain with the Navy. The Marine Corps is years ahead of the Navy in ensuring their applications comply with corporate firewall policy.

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