General Dynamics this week announced it would provide engineering upgrades to 14 mobile command-and-control centers utilized by the First Marine Expeditionary Force under a $7 million contract awarded by the U.S. Marine Corps System Command in Quantico, Va.

The enhancements will bring the units to “full-mission capability,” accelerate the training package and create additional backup systems for combat operations, the company said. Currently, eight of the units are being used in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The mobile command-and-control centers are “the focal point of Marine decision-making,” as they enable troops to digitally collect display, process and disseminate information on the battlefield, General Dynamics said.