08 Mar 04. There are currently 12 serving four-star Officers: four Admirals, four Generals and four Air Chief Marshals. In addition to the six Officers listed at page 3, C-in-C Fleet, Land and Strike are four-star appointments. The other three are NATO appointments held by two Admirals and a General. Comment: Some ill-researched remarks about Senior Officers appeared in the national newspapers. As the size of the Services has declined, senior posts have been downgraded or abolished. There were 20 four-star appointments in 1992 and 15 in 1996. By way of example, the senior personnel Officer in each Service has been down-graded from four to three stars. An interesting anomaly has arisen with the advent of the Chief of Joint Operations (CJO), a three-star Officer who receives his instructions direct from CDS. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 04/12, 15 Mar 04)
16 Mar 04. Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Board of Directors has elected James R. O’Neill as corporate vice president and president of the company’s Information Technology sector. O’Neill will report to Ronald D. Sugar, Northrop Grumman’s chairman, chief executive officer and president. He will assume his new position on May 1, 2004, succeeding Herb Anderson, 64. Anderson will remain with the company through Nov. 1, during which time he will serve as corporate vice president in charge of special projects for the CEO.