MANAGEMENT ON THE MOVE
05 Aug 09. India has suspended construction of the 40th state ordnance factory during an investigation into corruption charges against a former chief of the Ordnance Factories Board, Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony told the Indian Parliament on Aug. 4. The factory at Nalanda in the state of Bihar is being built with the assistance of Israeli Military Industries (IMI), which signed a $230 million contract in March and then was blacklisted on June 5 after corruption charges were brought against former board chairman Sudipta Ghosh. A senior Indian defense ministry official declined to comment about the future of the Nalanda complex.
The factory, which was to become operational within 30 months, is to become a major supplier of ammunition to the Indian Army, which has a $6bn plan to replace its field guns with 155mm weapons. (Source: Defense News)
07 Aug 09. EADS has established a new subsidiary in Japan to help coordinate and support the Group’s marketing campaigns and industrial partnerships there. From its office in Tokyo, EADS Japan K.K. will aim to strengthen EADS’ presence in the country and forge further long-term business relationships with Japanese industry and aerospace institutions. (Source: Google)
11 Aug 09. Lockheed Martin broke ground today on two new facilities at its Space Systems Company operations in Newtown, Pennsylvania, that will support spacecraft programs for government and commercial customers. A 15,000-square-foot multi-purpose conference center will facilitate large-scale meetings such as design reviews, demonstration initiatives and customer events. The new meeting facility will accommodate up to 250 people and offers users the ability to subdivide the space into separate meeting rooms as well as enjoy state of the art audio visual and IT equipment. A 17,000-square-foot addition will be constructed at the west end of the facility’s Product Team Building (PTB) to expand Lockheed Martin’s satellite manufacturing capability. The addition will house a near-field antenna range, a new passive inter-modulation (PIM) chamber, and a new antenna assembly clean room. In addition, product holding and fixture preparation areas are planned. Both projects will be certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. LEED provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction, and LEED certified buildings typically use resources more efficiently when compared to conventional buildings. The estimated cost of the projects is $24m.
12 Aug 09. The U.S. Air Force announced today that Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, has been selected as the permanent location of the 24th Air Force headquarters, a numbered air force (NAF) designed to conduct cyber operations activities for the Air Force. The selection of the 24th Air Force headquarters location follows completion of the Environmental Impact Analysis Process required by the National Environmental Policy Act. Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, was previously identified as the Air Force’s preferred alternative and Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., was another alternative considered in this process.
13 Aug 09. Northrop Grumman Corporation has established an Army Knowledge Online (AKO)/Defense Knowledge Online (DKO) Emerging Technologies Lab with the aim of delivering Web-based capabilities and services to the warfighter and other users with even more speed, reliability and security. AKO and DKO provide secure e-mail, file storage and management, instant messaging, directory services and collaboration tools to active and reserve service members, family members of deployed personnel, retirees and other U.S Department of Defense personnel. Northrop Grumman executives were joined by several U.S. Army officials and representatives from AKO partner companies as they cut the ribbon on Monday, August 10, officially opening the lab.
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