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General Dynamics Wins $611 Million Contract to Modernize Coast Guard National Distress & Response System

"Rescue 21" System will take the 'search' out of Search & Rescue

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - General Dynamics Decision Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a $611 million contract by the U.S. Coast Guard to modernize its 30-year-old search and rescue communication system. The National Distress and Response System Modernization Project (NDRSMP), called "Rescue 21," will greatly improve the Coast Guard's ability to detect mayday calls from boaters, pinpoint the location of the source and coordinate rescue operations along the 95,000-mile U.S. coastline and interior waterways.

Admiral Thomas H. Collins, Commandant of the Coast Guard, said, "The General Dynamics proposal was evaluated as providing the best overall value to the government that met all of our requirements. We look forward to working with the General Dynamics team so that together, we can provide our Coast Guard personnel and the American public a modern and more capable maritime coastal communication system."

"The new system will take the 'search' out of search and rescue and help the Coast Guard save lives," said Mark Fried, president of General Dynamics Decision Systems. "General Dynamics looks forward to working closely with the Coast Guard to integrate this critical communication and situational awareness system which will have an immediate and far-reaching impact on the Coast Guard's ability to carry out maritime safety and security along with its other missions."

The National Distress System is the radio system that mariners use to communicate with the Coast Guard in emergencies. The system covers the U.S. coastline up to 20 miles offshore, including the Great Lakes and other major interior waterways. Currently the Coast Guard cannot hear distress calls from about 14 percent of these areas.

The new system, once fully deployed, will reduce those gaps to less than 2 percent. Using the new system, a mariner in distress will make the equivalent of a '911' call for help, and the Coast Guard will be able to quickly pinpoint the location of the distressed caller, identify the closest rescue vessels and send help faster than it can today.

General Dynamics designed the system architecture under an earlier phase of this program, and then competed for the contract to deploy the system. The system design comprises ground-based installations at approximately 270 Coast Guard facilities, more than 300 radio towers (most of which exist today), new communications equipment on 657 Coast Guard vessels and 3,000 portable radios. Boaters can continue to use the radios they have today to communicate with the Coast Guard.

General Dynamics will deploy the new system to field-test its operational capabilities in the Atlantic City, New Jersey area, and the Eastern Shore region of Maryland during 2003. The next deployments will be in St. Petersburg, Fla., Mobile, Ala., and adjacent regions in Seattle and Port Angeles, Wash. By September 30, 2006 the new system will be installed across the U.S.

The General Dynamics team comprises many industry-leading companies with relevant Coast Guard program experience. It includes Motorola, Inc., a premier provider of radio product to the Coast Guard, headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill.; CACI International Inc., of Arlington, Va., a leader in network development and deployment and Fuentez Systems Concepts, Inc. of Charleston, SC, the 2000 recipient of the Commandant's Minority Business Enterprise Award for exceptional service to the Coast Guard. Other team members include BAE SYSTEMS, Integrated Defense Solutions, Inc. of Austin, Tex.; Communication Services, Inc. (CSI) of Mesa, Ariz.; L&E Associates of Oxon Hill, Md.; and American Nucleonics of Westlake Village, Calif.

About General Dynamics Decision Systems
General Dynamics Decision Systems, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., is a leader in technologies, products and systems for communications, situational awareness and information assurance for defense and industrial customers in the U.S. and abroad. More information about the business unit can be found at www.gd-decisionsystems.com. General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 54,000 people worldwide and had 2001 revenues of $12 billion. The company has leading market positions in land and amphibious combat systems, mission-critical information systems and technologies, shipbuilding and marine systems, and business aviation. More information about the company can be found at www.generaldynamics.com.

About American Nucleonics
American Nucleonics is a Division of EDO Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange listed company. EDO Corporation supplies highly engineered product for governments and industry worldwide, including advanced electronic, electromechanical, and information systems, critical to the mission success of its customers.

About BAE
BAE SYSTEMS is a systems company, innovating for a safer world. BAE SYSTEMS employs nearly 100,000 people including Joint Ventures, and has annual sales of around $18 billion. The company offers a global capability in air, sea, land and space with a world-class prime contracting ability supported by a range of key skills. BAE SYSTEMS designs, manufactures and supports military aircraft, surface ships, submarines, space systems, radar, avionics, communications, electronics, guided weapon systems and a range of other defense products. BAE SYSTEMS is dedicated to making the intelligent connections needed to deliver innovative solutions.

About CACI International
CACI International Inc provides the IT and network solutions needed to prevail in today's new era of defense, intelligence, and e-government. From systems integration and managed network solutions to knowledge management, engineering, simulation, and information assurance, CACI delivers the IT applications and infrastructures federal customers use to improve communications and collaboration, secure the integrity of information systems and networks, enhance data

collection and analysis, and increase efficiency and mission effectiveness. CACI solutions lead the transformation of defense and intelligence, assure homeland security, enhance decision-making, and help government to work smarter, faster, and more responsively. CACI, a member of the Russell 2000 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices, provides dynamic careers for more than 5,500 employees working in 90 offices in the U.S. and Europe. CACI is the IT provider for a networked world.

About Communication Services, Inc.
Communication Services, Inc., (CSI), based in Mesa, Ariz., is a leader in providing turnkey engineering and construction services for the selection, design and deployment of wireless towers. CSI's dedicated staff provides RF engineering, site acquisition, zoning and permitting, environmental, geotechnical and structural, survey and A&E, as well as construction services and management for cellular, private radio and related wireless customers. In addition to the Mesa headquarters, CSI has facilities in Portland, Ore.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Denver, Colo.; Dallas, Texas; and Houston, Texas.

About Fuentez Systems Concepts, Inc.
Fuentez Systems Concepts, Inc. (FSC), a leading provider of high technology systems engineering, systems integration and technical services, has supported the U.S. Coast Guard since 1996 and continues to be the leading provider of IT services at the Operations Systems Center (OSC) in Martinsburg, W. Va., and is also a prime integrator of the U.S. Navy's Global Command and Control System.

About L&E Associates
L&E Associates, an information technology (IT), security assurance and facilities management corporation, is a minority-owned Small and Disadvantaged Business Concern, based in Oxon Hill, Md., with offices in Virginia Beach, Va. and Rome, N.Y. L&E has been providing O&M support services for the U.S. Coast Guard for more than five years.

About Motorola
Motorola is a leading provider of integrated communications and information solutions, with 65 years of experience in meeting the mission-critical requirements of public safety, public service, government and enterprise customers worldwide. The company's extensive safety and security portfolio includes: interoperable two-way radio communications solutions with encrypted security capabilities; command and control equipment and software applications, including computer-aided dispatch, 911 and 311 systems, and automated records management systems; identification and tracking solutions, including palm/fingerprint and photo-imaging systems, as well as comprehensive information management capabilities for criminal justice and civil needs; and physical security and monitoring solutions, including remote monitoring and diagnostics. Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated communications and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 2001 were $30 billion.

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