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09 Dec 08. General Dynamics Information Technology was awarded a $9.9m, 18 month contract from U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) to support the Ordnance Mechanical Maintenance School at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. Through this contract, General Dynamics will provide Army-qualified, TRADOC-certified instructors to train Advanced Individual Training (AIT) soldiers and professional development students on mechanical maintenance on tanks, small arms weapons, wheeled and tracked vehicles, trucks, generators, air conditioners and other equipment.

04 Dec 08. EADS has opened an office at the National Research Council Canada’s (NRC) site to further strengthen its commitment to aerospace research and technology development (R&TD) in Canada. Opening an office within the NRC’s Institute for Aerospace Research (NRC-IAR) facility in Montreal is another important step in establishing a long-term closer working relationship between NRC and EADS. It will allow EADS and NRC to share expertise and resources in the research and technology field and ultimately help to underpin more hi-tech jobs in Quebec and Canada. The agreement follows June’s signing by EADS Chief Technical Officer Jean Botti of a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between EADS and NRC to cooperate on R&TD for aerospace applications within Canada. Under this MoU, EADS-owned Airbus has already signed a 10-year framework cooperation agreement with NRC covering subjects ranging from manufacturing technologies to flight tests for environmental investigations. (Source: Google)


09 Dec 08. Graham Love, chief executive of Qinetiq has taken charge of its UK and European division after abruptly parting company with one of his senior executives. Clive Richardson, chief operating officer of Qinetiq’s European, Middle East and Australasian (EMEA) division, left the company on Tuesday morning. He was due to chair a meeting with staff but left before it could start. Mr Love took his place. Mr Richardson joined Qinetiq last year from BAE
Systems, Britain’s largest defence contractor, where he was chief executive of a subsidiary, BAE Systems Insyte. Defence industry sources speculated Tuesday night there had been a clash of personalities between the two men, as well as disagreements over the running of the business. Qinetiq confirmed Mr Richardson had “left the business” and that Mr Love had taken over the day-to-day running of the EMEA division. His departure was a “board decision”, it said. Mr Richardson could not be reached for comment. Qinetiq said Tuesday trading at EMEA “remained in line with the statement at our interims”.
Comment: No explanation has been given for Clive Richardson’s (a lawyer by training) sudden departure from QinetiQ in similar circumstances to his departure from BAE Systems INSYTE segment where he arrived with a crash and a bang with a positive press conference promising full press involvement with INSYTE and then left as soon as he arrived, left for QinetiQ! This is pure speculation although we have been informed that QinetiQ is selling its underwater technology business following a consultant’s review.

02 Dec 08. U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England announced Dec. 2 that he will leave his job when the Obama administration takes office, clearing the way for the new president to fill the key Pentagon post. Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England, who held three senior posts during the presidency of George W. Bush, will not be continuing in his current position under President-elect Barack Obama. (Sheila Vemmer / Staff) President-elect Barack Obama on Dec. 1 unveiled his national security team, which includes one holdover from the Bush Pentagon: Robert Gates, the incumbent defense secretary. In a late-afternoon statement, England made it clear Gates soon will have a new No. 2. England applauded Obama for asking Gates to stay on, and

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