MANAGEMENT ON THE MOVE
15 May 08. Rolls-Royce today formally opened its marine service facility in Mumbai to support the growing shipping industry in India. The inauguration ceremony graced by the traditional Hindu ceremony of “lighting of the lamp” was attended by ship owners and other customers. Located at Navi Mumbai, the new facility, which employs 60 people, will offer comprehensive support services and undertake repair and upgrading of Rolls-Royce products in the region. (Source: Google)
09 May 08. AML UK, the UK armoring specialist officially opened its new 22,000sq ft factory in Dorcan Swindon. Offering capabilities from armouring solutions in steel and composite thru painting to specialist coating and composite panel manufacture, AMLUK offers what M.D James Purves described as a ‘One-Stop Shop’ for armouring solutions.
08 May 08. The Boeing Company dedicated a new test and evaluation facility in Huntington Beach, Calif., that provides the technology and capability to support both current and future radar-based weapon systems. The Dynamic Advanced Radar Test (DART) facility represents a $10m investment for the company. “DART is a one-stop, full-service facility to support design, development and qualification testing of our most sophisticated radar-based weapons before taking them to the field, where testing can be very costly,” said Debra Rub-Zenko, Weapons Programs vice president for Boeing. “This facility is unquestionably a leap forward in our ability to meet the rapidly expanding requirements surrounding test and production of increasingly complex weapon systems.” The DART facility combines two critical test and evaluation activities, nearly doubling the size of the facility and increasing capacity to meet the challenges of evolving threats.
15 May 08. SELEX GALILEO announced the opening of its new Electronic Warfare Operational Support (EWOS) facility in Lincoln, UK. The new site is dedicated to the delivery of EWOS capability and products. Located at Alpha Court, on the western outskirts of Lincoln, the 1100 square metre facility, which includes a 200 square metre Radio Frequency screened laboratory, is strategically sited to enable SELEX GALILEO to provide enhanced Electronic Warfare (EW) support to local RAF operational units and to the UK Air Warfare and Defence EW Centres. The new EWOS facility will enable SELEX GALILEO to build on its expertise in the support of hardware systems and software tools and will benefit from the expertise of highly skilled employees with strong military EW and EWOS backgrounds. The facility will employ up to 40 specialists.
15 May 08. NATO is set to move the Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) from Germany to the United Kingdom. The relocation will see the headquarters and some supporting elements move from the British base at Rheindahlen to Innsworth in southern England in 2010. HQ ARRC is one of NATO’s front-line high-readiness operations. The British provide the commander, the chief of staff and the majority of other posts at a headquarters that has more than 400 staff members from 17 nations. (Source: Defense News)
4 May 2008 NATO opens new centre of excellence on cyber defence. Seven NATO nations and the Allied Command Transformation signed the documents for the formal establishment of a Cooperative Cyber Defence (CCD) Centre of Excellence (COE) in Tallinn, Estonia. The centre will conduct research and training on cyber warfare and include a staff of 30 persons, half of them specialists from the sponsoring countries, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Spain. The agreement comes a year after a major cyber attack on Estonian public and private institutions prompted NATO to conduct a thorough assessment of its approach to cyber defence. At their meeting in October 2007 Allied Defence Ministers called for the development of a NATO cyber defence policy which was adopted early 2008.
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