General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) this week said it has launched an information technology strategy to advance research and technology capabilities, bolster its talent, and expand partnerships with commercial technology companies.

GDIT wouldn’t disclose the value of its investment in the new strategy but Amy Gilliland, president of the business, said “we have increased our technology investments by nearly 50 percent over last year.”

GDIT is one of two multi-billion-dollar businesses within the Technologies segment of General Dynamics


The technology investments are in six digital accelerator solutions, including zero trust, automation for IT operations, multi-cloud management, software factory, 5G, and mission artificial intelligence/machine learning.

The company said it is already leveraging these solutions on important contracts such a one for identity, credential and access management that supports the zero trust goals of the Defense Information Systems Agency and a software development contract with an intelligence agency. GDIT also said it is developing two more solutions, defensive cyber operations and post-quantum cryptography.

In the research and development prong of the strategy, GDIT is expanding its labs throughout the U.S. to test new technologies, collaborate with partners and prototype solutions. The company’s DeepSky Lab in St. Louis is developing software for the geospatial intelligence community to allow systems to be developed in unclassified environments and shifted to the classified space to help its customers save money and more quickly field tested capabilities.

GDIT’s Cyber Emerge Lab is working to design and test zero trust capabilities and the 5G and Advanced Wireless Emerge Lab can simulate customers’ environments to test and demonstrates wireless technologies and applications and validate solutions before production.

Last fall, GDIT formed an industry coalition with Amazon’s [AMZN] Amazon Web Services, Cisco [CSCO], Dell Technologies [DELL], Splunk [SPLK] and T-Mobile [TMUS] to accelerate the adoption of 5G and edge technologies across the government space. The company said the coalition’s 5G solutions will support applications across defense, logistics and supply chain, healthcare, education, and smart infrastructure.

GDIT said it has a network of more than 100 commercial technology companies focused on solutions the cloud, cyber, AI, high-performance computing, analytics, and 5G.

GDIT’s talent development program is focused on employee growth, upskilling opportunities and internal career mobility. The company said that in 2022 more than 5,500 of its employees moved internally to take advantage of new opportunities and it also quadrupled the number of professional certifications in areas like cyber, AI and cloud.

GDIT also launched a Career Hub portal that allows companies to upload their resumes and use filters such as certifications, security clearances and preferences to track open positions within the company. The hub lets employees know what they have to do to qualify for a particular position.