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02 Nov 06. Cost Of Stryker Delays Could Approach $49m. The Army has estimated that delays to its Stryker brigade construction program in Hawaii could cost $15.6m to $49.1m, as the military and the business community weigh the ramifications of a recent federal court ruling halting the massive project. The Army must now conduct a supplementary environmental analysis to consider alternative locations for the brigade, an task expected to take up to two years. (Source: Honolulu Advertiser, /Defense News)
06 Nov 06. BAE Systems has invested over £300,000 in a new refurbishment facility for naval systems, which allows the Company to restore operational equipment for the UK’s Royal Navy and other customers, whilst conforming to the highest level of environmental requirements. The facility, based at the BAE Systems Integrated System Technologies’ (Insyte) Broad Oak site in Portsmouth, is equipped to grit blast and paint spray a wide variety of sizes of equipment using High Chrome granulated stainless steel grit. This provides a niche capability to refurbish and paint large products in a secure facility, such as the Royal Navy’s Seawolf tracking radar and 1022 surveillance radars which are currently installed on UK Royal Navy ships. The Grit Blast has a 100% grit recovery system with Air blast and Coarse filters that separate paint and rust particles from the grit, thus removing any pollutants and allowing it to be fully recycled. The paint cleaning equipment separates solvents and solids, also allowing solvents to be recycled.

03 Nov 06. Office-Retail Complex Planned At Fort Meade. Developer Trammell Crow To Build Two Golf Courses In Exchange For Prime Site Outside Main Gate
The developer tapped by the Army to redevelop 540 acres of Fort Meade, Md., will build a $700 million office and retail project at the prime location just outside the main gate. Under an agreement the Army is to sign with Trammell Crow next Friday, the Texas company will develop, own and manage the commercial project. In lieu of rent for the federally owned land, Trammell Crow will build two 18-hole golf courses on 360 acres south of Route 32. (Source: Baltimore Sun/Defense News)

06 Nov 06. Thales opens a Maintenance Centre in Beijing. To confirm its multi-national strategy, Thales strengthens its presence in China by opening a Maintenance and Services Centre in Beijing. Known and appreciated for several years now by Chinese Government entities for the technical quality of its systems and equipment, Thales makes a new step towards its main goal: Customer Commitment. In a first step, this Maintenance and Services Centre will be dedicated to the support of the Spectrum Control systems that were supplied by Thales to the Ministry of Communications of big cities and Chinese provinces. Tenths of sites all over China are concerned.

06 Nov 06. U.S. Air Defense, Artillery Getting Back Together. Communities Set Merger, Fort Sill Plans Construction. At first there was groaning and moaning, but now leaders of the air defense and field artillery communities are avidly supporting the plan to build a Net Fires Center of Excellence at the U.S. Army’s Fort Sill, Okla. “The more we get into this, we realize the potential for the synergies it will create,” said Maj. Gen. David Ralston, commander of the Field Artillery Center and School at Fort Sill. Noting that air defense traditionally has been in the protection business and field artillery in the application of force, Maj. Gen. Robert Lennox said “The two branches must transform how we fight, because that is what’s best for the Army.” Lennox is the commander of the Air Defense Artillery Center and School, which will move from Fort Bliss, Texas, to Fort Sill no later than 2011, a move mandated by the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure commission. The move will increase the Fort Sill population by about 10,000 permanent military and students, Army civilians and family members, Ralston said. The bulk of thos

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