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27 May 13. Israel looks to fulfil desert dream with Negev military base. In a barren expanse of Israel’s Negev desert south east of the city of Beer Sheva, where signs warn drivers of camels on the road, an enormous military base is rising. The facility, a training base for the Israel Defence Force, will also have an auditorium, three synagogues, shooting ranges, six basketball courts and a visitors’ park for swearing-in and handing-out ceremonies. When it is fully populated by the end of 2015, it will be home to 10,000 army personnel and 2,500 civilian staff. Israel intends to build three more such megabases in the Negev by 2020, part of a plan to vacate land and buildings the IDF occupies in expensive Tel Aviv and central Israel, and bring jobs and investment to the poorer south. The Israeli air force base has already moved from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport to Nevatim in the Negev. An intelligence centre, technology campus and teleprocessing division will also be moved south. The project, which will cost $9bn in all and be funded largely by the private sector, is one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Israel’s 65-year history. The Negev accounts for nearly two-thirds of Israel’s land, but less than 10 per cent of its population and developing it has long been a goal of successive governments. The move to the south will allow the IDF to rejuvenate its ageing infrastructure. The Kirya (“campus” in Hebrew) in central Tel Aviv, where Israel’s army has its headquarters, dates from the British Mandate and today sits on some of the country’s most expensive real estate. (Source: FT.com)

29 May 13. Cassidian, together with its local partner NCS, has been awarded the Safe City Test Bed by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Singapore Economic Development Board (SEDB). The test bed project a research and development initiative, will be established and trialled in Singapore. It includes the development and live testing of innovative technologies and advanced analytics, such as video content, e-sensing and smart city sensors. This will provide added intelligence and operational benefits to the government agencies involved – the police and civil defence forces – as well as public urban transport, environmental and utility agencies, with the objective of keeping Singapore safe and secure.

28 May 13. GovBuy, a New Jersey based corporation, announced the opening of its new corporate office in Melbourne FL. The new facility at 1301 West Eau Gallie Blvd. will host corporate personnel supporting sales, customer service, purchasing, marketing, and compliance. Finance, software development, and human resource management will remain in the Randolph NJ facility. (Source: Yahoo!/PRNewswire)

28 May 13. Northrop Grumman Corporation announced that its Europe-based air traffic management systems subsidiary, Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems, has received the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 14001:2004 accreditation for its environmental management system, demonstrating that it meets rigorous international standards for minimising the company’s impact on the environment. Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems earned the certification after implementing a thorough environmental management system, which included creating a list of the environmental aspects associated with business operations and systematically identifying those with the most significant impact. The certification was issued by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance, an accredited third-party organisation, after a series of certification audits. Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems is committed to improving the aviation community’s environmental credentials through its business activities and employee initiatives. This applies to design, manufacture, integration and long-term support of air traffic communication products, systems, software and services.

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28 May 13. Sensors Support Optimisation Project (SSOP): Contract Extension.

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