MANAGEMENT ON THE MOVE
04 Nov 08. The Navy’s first littoral combat ship (LCS) Freedom will be commissioned Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008, during a 10 a.m. EST ceremony at Veterans Park, Milwaukee, Wis. Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Birgit Smith, the ship’s sponsor, is the widow of Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith, who was killed in action during Operation Iraqi Freedom and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. The commissioning ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when Smith gives the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life!” The name of the new ship acknowledges the enduring foundation of our nation and honors all American communities which bear the name Freedom to include towns in California, Indiana, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Wyoming. As the initial LCS, the 378-foot Freedom will be the first to carry this class designation. Freedom (LCS 1) is one of two LCS seaframes being produced. Independence (LCS 2) was christened by the Navy on Oct. 4, 2008.
03 Nov 08. Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Technical Services sector has achieved a single, sector-wide, ISO 9001:2000 certification signifying that its quality management system meets stringent international standards. “This recognition reflects our commitment of driving to be the best in the world at what we do and validates our continuous process improvement culture in the quest for ultimate customer satisfaction,” said James L. Cameron, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Technical Services. “Team Technical Services has brought together thousands of engineers, technicians and administrators, effectively creating a powerhouse in the logistical support, sustainment and technical services marketplace. This third-party certification, which reflects the outstanding work and process-driven culture from employees located in all 50 states and more than 20 countries around the world, underscores our commitment to infuse a process-based, quality-focused culture to the next level. Further, strategically utilizing a sector-level approach allows for an almost real-time sharing of ‘best in breed’ techniques and innovations across the entire sector enterprise.”
05 Nov 08. A ‘world first’ demonstration of unmanned aerial systems has been held at Parc Aberporth. Representatives from many of the leading companies in the field, including Qinetiq, BAe and Rolls Royce, the Ministry of Defence and the Civil Aviation Authority attended the event, which was held over a full week. It was the culmination of three years of work on the £32million Astraea project, which involves a wide range of aerospace companies working in partnership to develop the technology to operate unmanned systems in general airspace. “This really is a world first in partnership working in this industry and we are so delighted that the project decided to use Parc Aberporth to showcase their demonstrations. They could have gone anywhere in the world,” said Dr Sue Wolfe, of the Welsh Assembly Government. “This is the first time that the UK’s major aerospace companies have worked together in this detail and at this level and the project will have a huge impact on Parc Aberporth and its long-term sustainability,” she added. “These companies are world leaders in partnership working at this level.” Delegates were told that the project could enable the routine operation of UAVs in unsegregated airspace within four years. (Source: Google)
05 Nov 08. Barco Limited – Relocation. After almost twenty years at our current site, Barco Limited will be moving from our present location in Reading to new premises as of 1st December 2008. The new UK address details are as follows:-
28 Oct 08. Air Surveillance and Control System (ASACS): Basing Study. The Armed Forces’ Minister a