General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has received the 2013 Secretary of Defense Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) Award for its work on the U.S. Marine Corps’ Combat Operations Center (COC) program.
General Dynamics, along with the Marine Corps Systems Command and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, was recognized for delivering demonstrated comprehensive logistical planning and execution skills on the COC program. This government and industry team successfully developed and implemented tailored PBL strategies to sustain a total of 260 COC systems in the continental U.S., outside the continental U.S. and deployed in Operation Enduring Freedom. By employing an innovative PBL approach, the team enhanced the effectiveness of the sustainment strategy, resulting in dramatic cost reductions while maintaining exceptional availability including:
• a 21 percent operations and sustainment cost reduction, resulting in a $7.1 million savings per year, • a 39 percent reduction in forward-deployed support personnel, and • system availability of over 90 percent.
“We congratulate the Marine Corps Systems Command and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic on receiving this prestigious award,” said Bernie Guerry, senior vice president for General Dynamics Information Technology’s Intelligence Solutions division. “As the prime industry partner on the Combat Operations Center sustainment program, we are honored to work alongside these government agencies and be included in this recognition.”
The Secretary of Defense PBL Award recognizes government and industry teams that demonstrated outstanding achievements while providing warfighters with exceptional operational capability through PBL agreements.
General Dynamics was awarded a contract on the COC program in 2009, under the Information Technology Enterprise Solutions-2 Services (ITES-2S) contract.
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