General Dynamics Mission Systems formed in January 2015, when General Dynamics combined its C4 Systems and Advanced Information Systems divisions to create a new division which aimed to provide "mission critical systems and products to defense, civil government, intelligence and cybersecurity customers."
General Dynamics Mission Systems has derived $12.11 billion to date through US Department of Defense (DoD) contracts for the provision of products and services to the US military. According to a posting on GDMS's website:
General Dynamics Mission Systems has designed, produced, installed and sustained every version of the Weapon Control System (Fire Control) for Polaris, Poseidon, Trident I and Trident II Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM). Additionally, we have been part of the team developing, testing, producing, deploying and sustaining the guidance systems for each of these missions. Today we continue sustainment in both areas as we support the Trident II D-5 Life Extension.
Notable amongst this portfolio of weapons systems is Trident II D-5, a major ballistic weapons system built by Lockheed Martin and deployed in US and UK submarines, which is capable of launching nuclear weapons. From 2020-25, 98% of General Dynamics Mission Systems' work on Trident II occurred at GDMS's site in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
(For more information, see entry on parent company General Dynamics.)
Master entity: General Dynamics
- Association/Collaboration – Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Former General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems employees with links to Harvard Kennedy School Include: Matt Connor (Certificate of Completion of "Cybersecurity: The Intersection of Policy and Technology Program" at the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education, 2019), John Soberly (Executive Certificate in Science and Technology Public Policy, 2016), and Tim Sample (graduate of the HKS National and International Strategic Management). (In 2014, General Dynamics merged General Dynamics Advanced Information Technology with GD's C4 Systems division to form General Dynamics Mission Systems.)
- Product Link – Lockheed Martin
General Dynamics Mission Systems states that they have "designed, produced, installed and sustained every version of the Weapon Control System" for the Trident II (D-5) SSBN Fire Control System and SSGN Attack Weapon Control System, a major ballistic weapons system built by Lockheed Martin and deployed in US and UK submarines, which is capable of launching nuclear weapons (see info on most recent Trident II contract here).
- Partnership/Ownership/Membership – FBI
General Dynamics Mission Systems has made tens of millions of dollars to date through contracts with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
- Association/Collaboration – Tufts University
In April 2022, Tufts university hosted General Dynamics Mission Systems at a recruiting event on the Tufts campus. Tufts University students mobilized against the weapons company's presence on their campus, forcing General Dynamics Missions System workers to pack up and leave one and a half hours early, as reported in the Tufts Daily:
[The] recruiting event was scheduled to last from 5–8 p.m. but was cut short around 6:30 p.m., after protesters disrupted the recruiters’ presentations in the SEC atrium. The event was staffed by a handful of General Dynamics representatives and attended by about four students, according to one of the attendees. The protesters numbered at least 20 and included undergraduate and graduate students and local community members.
In response to speeches and chanting from protesters, the General Dynamics recruiters initially moved their information session from the SEC atrium into a smaller room in Anderson Hall. After protesters disrupted that meeting too, the recruiters packed up their materials and left.
In the SEC atrium, protesters called attention to a 2018 airstrike in Yemen, where General Dynamics-manufactured guided missiles hit a school bus and killed 40 children.
“Imagine that you’re 10, 12 years old, returning back from a field trip, and all of a sudden a bomb falls on your head and kills your entire class,” one protester shouted into a megaphone, drowning out a General Dynamics recruiter’s presentation on open positions at the company.
- Partnership/Ownership/Membership – U.S. Army in Massachusetts
General Dynamics Mission Systems has made $11.61 billion to date through US Department of Defense contracts for the provision of products and services to the US Army.
- Partnership/Ownership/Membership – U.S. Navy in Massachusetts
General Dynamics Mission Systems has made $336.06 million to date through US Department of Defense contracts for the provision of products and services to the US Navy.
- Association/Collaboration – MassEcon
In 2022, MassEcon gave an award to weapons developer General Dynamics Mission Systems "for their contributions to the Massachusetts economy."
- Partnership/Ownership/Membership – U.S. Air Force in Massachusetts
General Dynamics Mission Systems has made $102.93 million to date through US Department of Defense contracts for the provision of products and services to the US Air Force. (See for example: here and here.)