07 Sep 10. The Association of the U.S. Army will be holding its Annual Meeting and Exposition Oct. 25-27 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. During this event, on Monday, Oct. 25 at 3 p.m., Genevieve de Galard will speak and will be available for interviews upon appointment. AUSA has sponsored the first English edition of her book – “The Angel of Dien Bien Phu” — and will sponsor her as a speaker both at the October Annual Meeting in Washington and during her visit to military nurse groups in the Washington area. Her book chronicles events in November 1953 when the French army and colonial parachute troops dropped into a valley in Vietnam near the village of Dien Bien Phu. The siege of Dien Bien Phu became one of the decisive battles of history. The capture of its garrison confirmed France’s inability to control its colony in Indo China. During that operation, a young French Air Force nurse volunteered to fly on evacuation missions in C-47 aircraft landing on Dien Bien Phu’s only airstrip. After two months of flights, her plane lost an engine on landing and was destroyed by gunfire. A young Genevieve de Galard found herself the sole woman and nurse in a trapped garrison whose ability to survive was measured by enemy advances through the garrison’s trenches and the meager rations and ammunition that survived airdrops. De Galard soon became a French legend: “The Angel of Dien Bien Phu.” The garrison’s Foreign Legionnaires made her an honorary member, and France awarded her the Legion of Honor and Croix de Guerre. After the garrison was overrun, she continued to serve the wounded, while in Viet Minh captivity. She was repatriated and, within several months, President Eisenhower awarded her the Medal of Freedom for heroism. New York gave her a ticker tape parade. Her story is one of bravery, dedication, and stands as an inspiration to those who cherish freedom everywhere.
07 Sep 10. Savi Technology announced I-GUIDES™ 4, which enables suppliers to comply with new data formats required by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in its IUID policy mandating that key items be marked with a unique identification code. Suppliers who don’t update their solutions will be unable to communicate with the DoD IUID Registry after Dec. 31, resulting in non-compliance with contract requirements. I-GUIDES (Integrated Global UID Enterprise Solution) already ranks as the most widely used IUID solution that includes customers from 30 of the top defense suppliers, including Savi Technology’s parent company, Lockheed Martin. I-GUIDES customers who upgrade before 2011 will receive the software updates for free, provided their maintenance contracts are current, and new customers can receive quick, easy and cost-competitive ways to meet the IUID mandate. I-GUIDES 4 was announced here today at the opening of the DoD’s annual UID Forum.
“I-GUIDES is the only integrated IUID solution that can start simple and scale up to support an entire enterprise,” said Brian Quinn, Savi Technology’s I-GUIDES application manager who invented the solution. “I-GUIDES has a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than competing solutions because it is the only mature, full-featured web-based enterprise solution for IUID.”
Quinn emphasized that I-GUIDES 4 customers “can rest assured that their assets will be properly fingerprinted and stay in compliance with the IUID Registry going into 2011.” “I-GUIDES 4 also comes with enhanced features that make it easier for customers to collaborate more closely with the DoD, whether the asset is in inventory, operational use or maintenance processes.”
06 Sep 10. Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/4fe327/u_s_defense_aer) has
announced the addition of the “U.S. Defense & Aerospace Industry – Key Trends, Strategic Insights & Growth Opportunities” report to their offering. The U.S. defense & aerospace industry is the largest in the world driven by America’s almost 50