General Dynamics Corp.
) received a U.S. Air Force contract to upgrade the base-level
network security boundary support to Air Force's Life Cycle
Management Center located at every global Air Force and Air
National Guard station.
The tasks related to the contract will be carried out in
Needham, Mass., and Oklahoma City, OK, as well as in various Air
Force locations worldwide.
The order was handed out under the Network-Centric Solutions
(NETCENTS) contract, which is a multiple-award, indefinite
delivery, indefinite quantity contract that was awarded to
General Dynamics in Sep 2004. The current order is worth $25.3
million over two years provided all options are exercised.
The contract specifics include offering support to Enclave
Non-classified Internet Protocol Router Network Firewall and
Automated Security Incident Management Sustainment (ENFAAS)
program. This requires network management modernization at the
Air Force Integrated Network.
Operations and Security Centers and Air Force Computer
Emergency Response Team sites.
The secondary services involve extending support to Air Force
Network (AFNet) security requirements and enhance visibility into
network traffic across the Air Force Non-classified Internet
Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet).
With constantly emerging defense threats, one of the country's
key focus will be to strengthen its security competencies
worldwide. This explains the unchanged allocation of $12 billion
in the Science and Technology program in the 2014 budget.
In Oct 2013, General Dynamics secured a $16 million contract
to provide information technology management services in
Afghanistan to support the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
IT-related contract flows will continue to come in, in the near
term, which will boost the company's order book. The division
represents 34% of General Dynamics' overall revenue.
Currently, the company holds a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Other
defense operators looking good at the moment include Zacks Ranked
#1 (Strong Buy)
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