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Communications upgrades for Marine bases

  |   Feb. 15, 2011 at 6:06 AM
FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Network communications at three U.S. Marines installations are set for modernization by Virginia's General Dynamics Information Technology.

The company said the eight-month task order, under the U.S. Air Force Network-Centric Solutions contract, is worth $9.3 million.

Under the order, General Dynamics will engineer, design, install and test a new dense wavelength division multiplexing backbone transport network at Camp Pendleton and the Marine Corps Recruit Depot -- both in California -- and at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

"With this program, the Marine Corps bases will have access to the next generation of telecommunications and information technology networks, enabling seamless and more rapid dissemination of information," said Kenneth Slaght, vice president and general manager of the Naval IT Solutions sector at General Dynamics Information Technology. "General Dynamics will leverage its experience upgrading similar equipment, infrastructure and networks for U.S. Air Force bases and the Marine Corps, including the Marine Corps Enterprise Information Technology Center."

Dense wavelength division multiplexing is a technology that combines multiple communications signals and sends them simultaneously along a single fiber. The communications signals may include data, voice, video, Internet protocol ATM and SONET.

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