GDMS receives encryption contract

Fairfax, VA-based General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) announced September 13 that it has been awarded a $22.9 million contract by the U.S. Air Force Cryptologic and Cyber Systems Division to design, develop and deliver a Classified Data at Rest high assurance Inline Media Encryptor (IME). As the plan of record for the majority of Air Force manned and unmanned platforms requiring data at rest encryption, this first-of-its-kind solution will revolutionize how the Air Force protects its top secret mission-critical data.

“We’re delighted to leverage our encryption expertise to enable the Air Force to deliver this critical capability,” said Amy Johnson, vice president of the platform security business area in General Dynamics Mission Systems’ Cyber Systems line of business. “We will bring to bear cutting-edge digital engineering methodologies to accelerate development and delivery of this enduring, adaptable solution to address the complete set of technical and security needs.”

The Air Force is currently utilizing standalone Data at Rest (DAR) IMEs stitched together across multiple platforms. General Dynamics Mission Systems’ low-cost, low-SWaP (Size, Weight and Power) design will leverage capabilities from the General Dynamics ProtecD@R portfolio of DAR encryptors. This adaptable and modular solution will secure digitally stored classified data across manned and unmanned platforms in an integrated approach. To support today’s missions and be adaptable to meet the needs of tomorrow, digital engineering will be incorporated with the IME technology to ensure that this technology evolves in real time with the warfighter’s mission.

Source: General Dynamics Mission Systems

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