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21 Dec 10. Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Aerospace Systems sector has achieved sectorwide AS9100 and ISO 9001 certification across 13 of its operating sites, signifying that its sectorwide quality management system meets stringent international standards. The sector received certification covering its Redondo Beach headquarters as well as locations in El Segundo, Rancho Bernardo, San Bernardino, Edwards Air
Force Base and Palmdale, Calif.; Melbourne and St. Augustine, Fla.; Bethpage, N.Y.; New Town, N.D.; Moss Point, Miss.; Warner Robins, Ga.; and Clearfield, Utah. The sites had been previously recognized under three separate quality certifications.
“Attaining this certification demonstrates our continued commitment to
sustaining an agile, process-based and quality-focused organization,” said Christopher Cool, vice president of quality safety and mission assurance for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. “This is an endorsement of the pledge we make to our customers to continually improve and persevere in our quest to make quality a sustainable competitive discriminator.”
The AS and ISO standards define internationally recognized quality management systems. Northrop Grumman received the certification, scoring 90 percent, after a third-party audit by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA), a quality management systems registrar. The audit was conducted at 10 Aerospace Systems sites in September and October 2010 to gather representative data. For certification, a company element must implement a quality management system encompassing the enterprise’s activities, including management responsibility; resource management; product realization and measurement; and analysis and improvement. In LRQA’s final report, lead auditor Michael Harder stated, “Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems’ quality management procedure is well established and documented, with appropriate provisions for satisfying customer requirements. The system actively pursues continual improvement of products and enterprise processes, and is supported by an effective and very comprehensive internal audit program covering all sites and scope of activities.”

21 Dec 10. Cassidian and the Ministry of Interior (Mol) of the State of Qatar have opened a jointly operated and expanded TETRA Academy in Doha. Established under the aegis of the Minister of State for Interior Affairs H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani, it is the first of its kind in the Middle East. It is located at the brand new MoI Telecom Department complex. The Mol uses the TETRA Academy to train engineers for its Telecommunication Department. In addition, TETRA training classes are provided for regional customers who are operating Cassidian-delivered TETRA networks.
Franz Peraus, Head of Cassidian Middle East, stated: “This first TETRA Academy in the Middle East has proven its immense value to the MoI Telecom Department right from its inception in Summer 2009. With 70 students being trained in various disciplines, this is an essential step in building both theoretical and practical know-how locally for operating the Qatar TETRA network. Catering for increasing regional demand from outside Qatar, the expanded TETRA Academy inaugurated at the brand-new MoI Competence Centre facility offers a greatly enhanced learning experience that we are very excited about.”
Brigadier Eng. Ali Al-Henzab, Director of the Telecom Department of the MoI of the State of Qatar, commented: “We are delighted to open our new Telecom Department facility, accommodating the expanded TETRA Academy. The outstanding results achieved so far in enabling our engineering teams to self-sufficiently maste

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