General Dynamics to Support USAF Cyber Network in Europe, Africa

Airmen work in the the Common Mission Control Center at Beale Air Force Base, California, March 2021. (US Air Force/Shelton Keel)

Virginia-based IT management firm General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) has been selected as the network provider and support for the US Air Force in Europe and Africa, according to the Department of Defense.

The $908-million IT network services deal is expected to be completed in July 2027. An optional three-year extension could run through July 2030.

GDIT was awarded the grant out of six bids the Air Force Installation Contracting Command received.

The contract includes USAF base support, communication planning, platform engineering, operation mapping, and information systems. Services will take place at various facilities in Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Turkey, and the rest of Europe.

Dubbed the Europe-Wide Information Technology Enterprise Network (EITEN), the project “will equip airmen across Europe with the knowledge, tools and data they need to mobilize and operate at any place and any time,” GDIT Defense Division Senior Vice President Brian Sheridan said. “Consolidating multiple mission-critical services under a single contract will also allow for greater speed, flexibility and accessibility of IT services needed across the region.”

EITEN will supply IT services needed by overseas airmen to deliver “unparalleled mission assurance through cyberspace to warfighters in joint and combined environments,” Air Force Division Vice President Jon Marshall said in an interview with Breaking Defense.

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