$7M to Begin VoIP at 2 Key U.S. Sites
On April 21, 2005, Did noted that the U.S. Defense Department was moving closer to Voice-Over-IP (VoIP) for its telecommunications needs, expanding its control over this area and potentially reducing costs. Now General Dynamics Network Systems has been chosen by the U.S. Army to modernize communications and data network infrastructure at two of the Army’s strategic Power Projection Platform sites, Fort Drum, NY, and Fort Lewis, WA. The work is valued at approximately $7 million.
At Fort Drum, NY, General Dynamics will upgrade the current telecommunications switching system to VoIP technology. The Fort Drum project, valued at $6.2 million, was competitively awarded under the Army’s Digital Switched Systems Modernization Program (DSSMP). by the Army’s Communications-Electronics Command Acquisition Center in Fort Monmouth, NJ. Program oversight for this award is provided by the Product Manager Defense Communications Systems – CONUS, which is a unit of the Project Manager, Defense Communications and Army Switched Systems (PM DCASS) organization.
DSSMP, along with the associated Installation Information Infrastructure Program (I3MP) program, is the Army’s multi-year initiative to upgrade all of its installations worldwide, providing greater bandwidth to address increasing demands for voice, video and data services. General Dynamics has been implementing communications solutions at Fort Drum for more than a decade.
At Fort Lewis, WA, General Dynamics will team with the prime contractor, Information Systems Support (ISS) of Gaithersburg, MD, to design the network infrastructure for the installation near Seattle. Under the contract, the company will conduct an extensive engineering design to upgrade all of its installations worldwide, providing greater bandwidth to address increasing demands for voice, video and data services. The Fort Lewis order, valued at $800,000, was awarded under the General Services Administration’s Connections contract. News Release