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August 9, 2004
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General Dynamics Intelligence and Exploitation Systems Achieves “CMMI Level 3”
Carnegie Mellon “Capability Maturity Model Integration” Certification Marks Business Milestone

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Intelligence and Exploitation Systems business of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has achieved a Capability Maturity Model® Integration (CMMI®) Level 3 rating in all areas of the CMMI disciplines, including systems engineering, software engineering, integrated product and process development, and supplier sourcing. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

The Intelligence and Exploitation Systems business, based in Mountain View, Calif., provides intelligence and warfighter systems solutions for the Department of Defense, intelligence community and mission partners. Five programs at three locations were appraised, including the Cryptologic Mission Management Focused Demonstrated Operational Capability II (FDOC II) and Manatee programs, both located in Annapolis Junction, Md.; Information Warfare Planning Capability (IWPC) and the Jaguar programs, both located in Mountain View, Calif.; and Imagery Exploitation Support System (IESS) based in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Obtaining this certification ahead of schedule is a great example of how we exceed our customers' expectations,” said John Stewart, president of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, “We've demonstrated our ability to have reliable and repeatable processes that reduce costs, lower risk and improve product quality.”

The Software Engineering Institute (SEISM), a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and operated by Carnegie Mellon University, manages the CMMI appraisal process. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems’ programs were evaluated by a team from ProcessWorks, Inc.

CMMI integrates multiple capability maturity models into a single improvement framework of standards that measure an organization's ability to reduce the cost of performing assessments and implementing improvements. CMMI best practices enable organizations to link management and engineering activities to business objectives, expand product life cycle and engineering activities to ensure that products and services meet customer expectations, and incorporate lessons learned from additional areas of best practice (e.g., measurement, risk management, and supplier management). SEI reports quantitative evidence that CMMI-based process improvement can result in benefits in cost, schedule, quality, customer satisfaction and return on investment.

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, headquartered in Arlington, Va., is a leading provider of transformational mission solutions in command, control, communications, and computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR). Customers include those in the defense, intelligence, homeland security and homeland defense communities. More information is available on the Internet at www.gd-ais.com.

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 69,400 people worldwide and anticipates 2004 revenue of $19 billion. The company is a market leader in mission-critical information systems and technologies; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and business aviation.

Capability Maturity Model, Carnegie Mellon, CMM, and CMMI are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by Carnegie Mellon University. CMM Integration and SEI are service marks of Carnegie Mellon University.

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