22 Mar 12. GA Telesis, LLC announced that in conjunction with its current operations that currently provide maintenance services for defense and government customers, it has expanded its service offerings to include component support solutions for defense and government applications. The new operation will have its principal headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. (Source: Yahoo!/Marketwire)
26 Mar 12. General Dynamics Information Technology has been awarded a Design Engineering Support Program (DESP) III contract by Ogden Air Logistics Center (OO-ALC), Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The five-year multiple-award, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract has a potential value of $1.9bn to all 26 awardees. Through this contract, General Dynamics will provide engineering and high-level technical support services for all Air Force Materiel Command weapons systems, components and support equipment, as well as implement integrated engineering systems to reduce technology lifecycle costs. General Dynamics will also oversee the operational life, performance, safety and environmental sustainability of engineering systems and provide education and training support for the systems.
16 Mar 12. USFJ chief confirms plans to station Ospreys at Futenma. Lieutenant General Burton Field, commander of US Forces Japan(USFJ) and the 5th Air Force, has confirmed plans to station the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) transport aircraft at the controversial US Marine Corps (USMC) air station at Futenma in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, during this year as part of an ongoing replacement of the USMC’s ageing CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter fleet. “The aircraft will replace the CH-46 stationed in Okinawa,” Gen Field told reporters at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan on 15 March. (Source: Jane’s, JDW)
29 Mar 12. Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Dr Mike Kelly, officially opened the purpose-built Australian Defence Force Military Law Centre at historic Victoria Barracks, Paddington Sydney NSW. The Military Law Centre was established by the Department of Defence in 2001 to provide professional in-service training for Australian Defence Force legal officers, and forms the ADF component of the Asia-Pacific Military Law Centre (APCML). The APCML is a cooperative partnership between the Military Law Centre and the University of Melbourne Law School that offers military law courses to ADF and regional military officers. Dr Kelly said the Government committed in 2008 to build a centre to house both the ADF Military Law Centre and the Asia-Pacific Centre for Military Law (military node). The centres will continue to educate and train future Australian Defence Force legal officers and officers from the Asia-Pacific region in facets of military and international law with a special focus on the Rule of Law
28 Mar 12. Digicom Electronics, Inc., a technology and quality driven electronics manufacturing services company, has moved to a new and larger facility in Oakland, California, USA. Digicom customers can now take advantage of Digicom’s new Diamond Track Process and have access to the most technologically advanced equipment and services. “Quality, attention to detail, and customer relationships are what drive us,” explained Mo Ohady, general manager, Digicom Electronics. “We have devoted ourselves to ensuring that the products we manufacture reflect that, and our ISO13485 medical device compliance, ISO 9001:2008, and quality system regulation 21 CFR 820 are part of that commitment. We have partnered with some of the largest universities and research institutions around the world to create products for the most mission critical applications such as aerospace, satellite, and medical. Our move enables us to offer our customers greater manufacturing capacity as well as new services like our Diamond Track Advanced Cleaning that is especially effective for cleaning the most severe conditions and is a