General Dynamics C4 Systems (GDC4S), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, tries to fight the "fog of war." The "C4" stands for command, control, communications networking, and computing. The unit makes communications and IT systems for military and business customers. Products include battlefield communications systems, combat search and rescue systems, ruggedized computers and displays (made by subsidiary General Dynamics Itronix), and encryption systems. Applications include air traffic control, radio and television broadcasts, and wireless communications. The US government is a major customer; GDC4S also does work for the Canadian and UK, government as well as NATO.
GDC4S is one of four General Dynamics divisions devoted to IT products and services. The others are General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (systems development, integration, and operations support for missile systems), General Dynamics Information Technology (large-scale IT project management), and General Dynamics United Kingdom (systems integration partner to the UK Ministry of Defence).
The company operates from 15 US facilities and three in Canada.
Mergers and Acquisitions
With its deep pockets, parent General Dynamics is acquisitive and often buys companies to help expand via inorganic growth. In 2012 it bought Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs), which provides virtualization software for secure wireless communications for mobile devices and automotive infotainment systems. Also that year it bought IPWireless (renamed General Dynamics Broadband), a maker of broadband wireless infrastructure and network access equipment, in an effort to boost its presence in the commercial networking market to help public safety organizations with their municipal broadband networks. In 2011 it bought Fortress Technologies, a provider of secure wireless networking equipment for the US military and other government agencies.