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Dec 05. Armed Forces: Trained Requirements and Strengths. As at 1 Oct 05 the UK Regular Armed Forces were under-strength by 4,010, or 2.2%. Details are at page 3. Comment: The trained requirement for all three Services is being reduced, as explained in Note 1 on page 3. Between 1 Jul 05, the previous quarterly return, and 1 Oct 05 the trained requirement for RN/RM and Army UK Regulars was reduced by 2,420. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 0601, 02 Jan 06)

04 Jan 06. Lockheed Martin will spend $7 million and bring 200 jobs to Loudoun County as part of a new deal it has with the Federal Aviation Administration. The Bethesda-based contractor will establish an automated flight service station in Leesburg that will serve general aviation pilots. Aviation specialists will staff the station and provide pilots with information on flight plans, weather conditions, security requirements regarding no-fly zones and other areas of interest, says Joe Wagovich, a Lockheed Martin spokesman.

03 Jan 06. Donald C. Winter was sworn in today as the 74th secretary of the
Navy by Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense GordonEngland. In this position,
Winter leads the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps team and is responsible for almost 900,000 people and an annual budget in excess of $125bn.

29 Dec 05. Acting Deputy Secretary England Relinquishes Top Navy Post. The Department of Defense announced today that Secretary of the Navy and Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England has relinquished his Navy secretary post and will continue to serve as acting deputy secretary of defense.

03 Jan 06 Tomarchio named DHS deputy director of intelligence. President Bush has appointed Jack Thomas Tomarchio, a former Army prosecutor and colonel in the Army reserve, as principal deputy assistant secretary of Homeland Security for information analysis. Tomarchio was previously a shareholder in the federal government relations section of the law firm Buchanan Ingersoll and co-chairman of the firm’s national-security practice group. The firm announced today that Tomarchio will leave Jan. 9 to take the DHS post. (Source: GCN)

31 Dec 05. BAE adds a US influence to board. As BAE Systems pushed further into the US in 2005 through its $4.2bn (£2.44bn) acquisition of United Defence Industries, Britain’s biggest defence company took measures to make sure its board reflected its transatlantic business. The US now accounts for 37 per cent of BAE’s revenues, compared with just 20 per cent for the UK. About half of BAE’s shareholders are in the US. Peter Weinberg, who was Goldman Sachs’ most senior executive in Europe before stepping down, took up a non-executive board position at BAE in June. He was joined in September by Philip Carroll, former head of Royal Dutch Shell’s US operations and an ex-chief executive of Fluor, the engineering group. Roberto Quarta, former chief executive of BBA Group and a partner in Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, the private equity group, also joins. Mr Carroll had served as the senior US adviser to Iraq’s oil ministry in the recent conflict. Besides BAE, Smiths Group outlined succession plans for the departure of Alan Thomson, its finance director, in 2006. Mr Thomson will be replaced by John Langston, head of Smiths specialist engineering division. (Source: FT)

03 Jan 06. Raytheon Company has appointed Courtney B. Banks vice president of Homeland Security for the company’s Intelligence and Information Systems (IIS) business. She will operate from Raytheon’s Washington office in Arlington, Va.

03 Jan 06. Iridium has appointed of two new vice presidents for critical production, distribution and engineering slots. Iridium has named Jim Hamant as vice president of product production and distribution, and David Schoen has taken on the newly created position of vice president of technology development, according to chief executive officer Carmen Lloyd.

23 Dec 05. Raytheon Company has appointed Charles Keegan as director of S

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