General Dynamics takes military command into the future

$78 million award calls for continued development and enhancement of CPOF

General Dynamics Corp. is not going to compete with the Disney Co. when it comes to futuristic amusement parks, but it is in the business of designing programs and systems for the future.

As a result, General Dynamics C4 Systems has won a two-year contract with a maximum potential value of $78 million for the continued development and enhancement of the Command Post of the Future system.

The Command Post of the Future, or CPOF, is an executive-level decision support system that provides situational awareness and collaborative tools, a General Dynamics announcement on Oct. 6 explained.

In a single, integrated environment, commanders and decision makers can analyze information, share thoughts and evaluate courses of action from geographically dispersed locations, it said.

As part of the planned enhancements, General Dynamics will significantly expand the CPOF’s collaboration capabilities. Users will be able to see and share information from multiple control systems, including ground, aviation, logistics, fires and airspace control systems, the announcement said.

The company also will field the next-generation command and control architecture that can increase the number of users sharing the same information from hundreds to thousands. This will allow users who are purposely or inadvertently disconnected from the network to continue their collaborative efforts without interruption to operations or loss of data.

The work to enhance the collaborative command and control capabilities for the CPOF system directly supports the Army's Mission Command Collapse initiative in which several mission command and control systems are collapsed into a consolidated product line.

Developing and fielding user-friendly command and control systems such as CPOF has given thousands of users the ability to share their workspace displays and data in real time, contributing to greater operational efficiency, said Kevin Merrigan, vice president of Battle Management Systems for General Dynamics C4 Systems.

"By enhancing and expanding CPOF's capabilities, warfighters will be able to communicate better and plan and execute missions faster and more effectively than ever before," he said.

The original contract for the CPOF project was awarded to General Dynamics in 2007.

General Dynamics Corp., of Falls Church, Va., ranks No. 5 on Washington Technology’s 2011 Top 100 list of the largest federal government 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

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

What is your e-mail address?

My e-mail address is:

Do you have a password?

Forgot your password? Click here
close

Trending

  • POWER TRAINING: How to engage your customers

    Don't miss our Aug. 2 Washington Technology Power Training session on Mastering Stakeholder Engagement, where you'll learned the critical skills you need to more fully connect with your customers and win more business. Read More

  • PROJECT 38 PODCAST

    In our latest Project 38 Podcast, editor Nick Wakeman interviews Tom Romeo, the leader of Maximus Federal about how it has zoomed up the 2019 Top 100. Read More

contracts DB

Washington Technology Daily

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.