General Dynamics Contract Means 100 New Defense Jobs
After receiving a contract from the Navy in December, General Dynamics announced recently that it plans to hire more than 100 employees for defense jobs related to the new work, according to The Associated Press.
The news source reports that General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is hoping to hire a total of 500 employees over the next five years in order to develop and test electronics systems for the Littoral Combat Ships.
The company is reportedly tasked with designing the infrastructure for the ships, which cost approximately $500 million each to build, according to the news source.
Some of the new defense jobs, which will be added in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, could require personnel who have undergone a lifestyle polygraph and obtained security clearance, as this is an important qualification for a number of defense and intelligence jobs across the country.
"General Dynamics has experienced spectacular growth in just 100 days and is poised for even more…It is clear what this contract means for this company, its employees, and the Berkshires – jobs and opportunity for years to come," Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said at a recent ceremony in celebration of the new defense jobs.