General Dynamics Business Unit Awarded Contract
By Derek Gomes at Newport Daily News
June 26, 2017
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A business unit of General Dynamics was awarded a $45 million contract to develop modeling software that determines the potential fallout from a military strike or environmental disaster.
The Department of Defense will use the software, called the Joint Effects Model, to show the “effects of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapon strikes” and toxic spills, according to a company statement announcing the contract.
General Dynamics Information Technology, based in Fairfax, Virginia, will develop parts of the software at its Middletown office. About 20 employees there will develop some of its key elements, such as mapping and architectural features.
The finished product will help the military make “rapid” decisions and prepare for the damage from a military strike or other catastrophic incidents, David Dietrich, the company’s section vice president of software and global solutions, wrote in an email to The Daily News.
General Dynamics Information Technology has been developing “mission-focused application development” for more than two decades, Dietrich said, and been supporting the Department of Defense with the modeling software since 2013.
The software is the department’s only accredited tool to simulate the effects of attacks and can account for a variety of factors, such as weather and terrain, according to the Army.
“In today’s environment, this capability and the support (the software) provides in terms of situational awareness, rapid decision-making and risk mitigation is critical in determining the potential effects of dangerous ... weapon strikes and incidents,” Dietrich wrote.
General Dynamics Information Technology’s contract is the latest in a string of agreements it has with the military, including a $155 million contract with the Defense Intelligence Agency and a $244 million training-services contract with the Navy.
In addition to the Middletown office, General Dynamics operates submarine manufacturer Electric Boat at Quonset Point in Rhode Island and Groton, Connecticut.
General Dynamics is one of roughly 300 companies in Rhode Island that serve the Department of Defense, a $3.7 billion industry here.