MANAGEMENT ON THE MOVE
07 Nov 07. Northrop Grumman Corporation’s India-based executives Commodore Gyanendra Sharma, managing director India, and Joe Parsley, vice-president India and South Asia, met senior customers and industry partners at a reception held today in New Delhi to mark the company’s expanding presence in India and the opening of its office there.
09 Nov 07. As part of BAE Systems’ commitment to supporting the Armed Forces and their families, the Company is donating £250,000 to help provide accommodation for families visiting injured Armed Forces personnel. It is recognised that Service personnel are greatly aided in their recovery by having contact with close family or friends and the new flats and houses close to the UK’s Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court in Surrey and the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine at Selly Oak in Birmingham will provide respite for families and their loved ones. The donation is being made through The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help charity who have been working closely with the UK’s Ministry of Defence on both accommodation projects. SSAFA Forces Help hopes that the first part of the project, the accommodation for Headley Court, will be complete soon after Christmas.
05 Nov 07. MS BULWARK: Return to the Fleet. The MoD announced (5 Nov 07) that HMS BULWARK had returned to the Operational Fleet, following the completion of maintenance work. HMS BULWARK is due to take over from her sister-ship, HMS ALBION, as the amphibious flagship in December 2007 prior to leading a Task Group to Norway for an Exercise.
Comment: HMS BULWARK is an 18,500 tonne Landing Platform Dock, described by the MoD as the RN’s “newest commando assault and command and control ship”. The ship’s company is 390 strong, a quarter of whom are from 4 Assault Squadron, Royal Marines. An additional 700 troops may be carried. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 0744, 12 Nov 07)
JOB LOSSES AND STRIKES
07 Nov 07. Ministerial Appointment: Equipment and Support. Lord Drayson resigned (7 Nov 07) from his position as Minister of State for Defence Equipment and Support and was replaced by Baroness Taylor of Bolton. Baroness Crawley continues to assist with Defence matters in the House of Lords. Membership of the Defence Council is now as shown at page 3. The Chief Executive Officer of BAE Systems led a chorus of Industrial representatives in expressing regret at Lord Drayson’s departure from Government.
Comment: Lord Drayson’s resignation (spun as “leave of absence”) came as a complete surprise and was accompanied by a fanciful cover story. On 6 Aug 07, Lord Drayson said that an updated version of his Defence Industrial Strategy was to be published in December 2007: an event which now appears unlikely to take place. The Drayson ‘story’ is already colourful and, doubtless, there are further revelations to be made. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 0744, 12 Nov 07)
13 Nov 07. Bruce Chizen said on Monday that he would step down as chief executive of Adobe, citing personal reasons for leaving the software company as it embarks on his ambitious strategy to become a central provider of the “platform” software used to support digital media. Adobe sought to paint the move as an orderly succession, with the job passing to Shantanu Narayen, who has been president and chief operating officer since early 2005. (Source: FT.com)
MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT
08 Nov 07. Personnel Strategy: Command Paper to be Published. Ministers announced (8 Nov 07) that the cross-Government strategy for supporting Service personnel is to be published as a Command Paper in Spring 2008.The Paper is to “set out the Government’s vision for further enhancing the level of support offered to the Forces, their families and veterans”. The Chief of the Defence Staff said that he welcomed the Paper.
In addition, the MoD is to “conduct a parallel study in