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GDIT Named Cisco Federal Breakaway Partner of the Year, Expands Partnership in 5G Lab

New partner agreement expands 5G lab to develop wireless connectivity prototypes and solutions

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD), announced today that it was named Cisco’s Federal Breakaway Partner of the Year for 2021. As part of this growing partnership, Cisco has made a strategic investment in GDIT’s 5G Emerge Lab to test and develop 5G technology, applications, and hardware. The lab is a research and development environment used to develop wireless connectivity solutions and tools to support the adoption of 5G on enterprise networks.

Under this new partner agreement, Cisco will provide equipment and technology to support the development of 5G prototypes, proofs of concepts, and solution demonstrations. This investment supports GDIT’s expansion of research and development environments in technology areas including 5G, artificial intelligence, cloud, high-performance computing, and cybersecurity.

“GDIT’s work with Cisco has made a difference in speed, efficiency and accessibility for customers in nearly every industry,” said Ben Gianni, GDIT vice president and chief technology officer. “Our new partner agreement will allow us to further expand these capabilities and improve technologies for industries such as healthcare, supply chain, education, and the military.”

5G technology is revolutionizing the ability to securely communicate and interact in real time locally and around the world through sensors, internet-connected devices, and high-quality video. GDIT and Cisco are working with agencies to deploy 5G solutions, which have applicability across government such as at military bases and shipyards, in disaster areas, and for weather monitoring.

By bringing together cellular and network technology from across industries, GDIT can simulate customers’ environments and validate solutions in the 5G Emerge Lab before production. This simulation enables customers to visualize how mobile devices operating on private and public 5G networks can securely integrate with enterprise networks.

“Together, Cisco and GDIT have been able to showcase 5G technology that enhances innovation, leadership, and best practices for our customers,” said Carl De Groote, vice president of federal sales at Cisco. “GDIT’s work in integration, edge computing, and cloud has allowed us to develop innovative 5G technologies for customers, and that’s why we recognized GDIT as the Cisco Federal Breakaway Partner of the Year.”

General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) is a global aerospace and defense company that offers a broad portfolio of products and services in business aviation; ship construction and repair; land combat vehicles, weapons systems and munitions; and technology products and services. General Dynamics employs more than 100,000 people worldwide and generated $37.9 billion in revenue in 2020. More information about General Dynamics Information Technology is available at More information about General Dynamics is available at

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