Secure desktops and robotic recovery

General Dynamics C4 Systems has selected Dell’s OptiPlex 755 desktop PC as the hardware platform for its Trusted Virtual Environment, which is the first workstation compliant with the High Assurance Platform (HAP) that is intended for classified work by government users. The workstation enables individuals to use a single computer workstation to securely access information and applications from multiple networks at different classification levels, as opposed to limiting a computer to a single security level.

In October 2006, the National Security Agency awarded the first contract under the HAP Initiative to General Dynamics. HAP is an information security program that uses commercial hardware and virtualization technology to manage the separation of multiple classification levels of data running simultaneously on one computer.

In other news, the Office of Naval Research recently awarded General Dynamics Robotic Systems a contract to develop the Common Launch and Recovery System for use on the Littoral Combat Ship. The robotic system will be used for the deployment and retrieval of the ship's unmanned surface and underwater vehicles.

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