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19 Jan 06 Army Headquarters (HQ): Collocation. The Armed Forces’ Minister said that the work to consider the rationalisation and collocation of the two main Army HQ (Project Hyperion) was continuing. An announcement about possible future locations is planned for Spring 2006, with the probable size and structure of the new HQ being announced towards the end of 2006. Full collocation is unlikely to be completed before 2009. Comment: The two HQ are the four-star HQ Land Command at Wilton and the three-star HQ Adjutant General, Personnel and Training Command, at Upavon. Similar consolidations are taking place in the other two Services. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 0606, 06 Feb 06)

06 Feb 06. Lockheed Martin plans to build the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) II at its existing Pike County Operations facility in Troy, AL, if selected as contractor for the program. The final missile assembly will be in Troy, and seeker production will be at an existing facility in Ocala, FL.

03 Feb 06. Lockheed Martin opened the doors to a new customer support office in O’Fallon, Ill., near St. Louis. The Bethesda, Md., defense contractor said the 2,200-square-foot office is located near Scott Air Force Base and reflects Lockheed Martin’s expanding presence in the St. Louis area in support of its growing regional business base. The unclassified facility will be home to a Lockheed Martin logistics team focused on exploring advanced concepts for situational awareness and visualization of worldwide transportation and distribution operations. The facility, which will support 13 Lockheed Martin employees, will also sponsor research and development projects to support future programs and requirements.

06 Feb 06. Northrop Grumman Corp.’s Sperry Marine North American Support Center in New Orleans is now operating at 100 percent capacity, after taking heavy damage from Hurricane Katrina. The facility overhauls navigation equipment, monitors and autopilots, as well as housing one of the company’s worldwide service control centers, dispatching service calls for ship maintenance and repair.

03 Feb 06. Northrop Grumman Corporation unveiled its new Aviation Ship Integration Center (ASIC) during a dedication ceremony today. This state-of-the-art research facility was established in partnership with the U.S. Navy to conduct modeling, simulation, research, development and in-depth analysis for CVN 21-class aircraft carriers and other aviation-capable ships.

03 Feb 06. The U.S. Air Force has taken the next step toward its vision of a Distributed Mission Operations (DMO) capability with the opening of a new Boeing F-15C Mission Training Centre that allows Air Force pilots in flight simulators at one location, to train with pilots at other locations, potentially thousands of miles away. The facility at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, gives the Air Force enhanced simulator training as a realistic supplement to flight training.

06 Feb 06. EADS North America today inaugurated its Huntsville, Alabama regional office, marking a further expansion of the company’s U.S. presence and providing a local interface for Army program managers. The office, located in Huntsville’s Cummings Research Park, will support EADS North America’s participation in a full range of U.S. defense initiatives through such product offerings as the C-295/CN-235 Future Cargo Aircraft (FCA), TransHospital mobile hospital, UH-145 Light Utility Helicopter and helicopter engine test equipment. (Source: FT.com

03 Feb 06. The Northrop Grumman Foundation is sponsoring 1,000 educational grants of $250 each to help spur middle-school students’ interest in math and science. Teachers may use these one-time Connecting Educators to Engineering Math and Science grants toward developing innovative teaching techniques, additional classroom activities or curriculum enhancements for math, science and engineering technology-related projects. The grants may also be appl

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