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General Dynamics, REI Systems join Homeland Security & Defense Business Council

General Dynamics Mission Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, and REI Systems have joined the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council.

The Homeland Security & Defense Business Council is a non-partisan, non-profit corporate membership organization that includes companies who comprise the Homeland Security Industrial Base. It’s mission, according to the organization is “to build and sustain trusting relationships by facilitating critical industry–government knowledge sharing that helps inform both sectors’ decision-making and improves the way we conduct business together.”

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