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07 Jun 13. A Spanish group is planning to set up a new-style defence science and technology cluster that will incorporate various peripheral activities, such as a factory outlet for selling off non-lethal surplus military equipment, and a nearby military theme park. The project is the brainchild of ECOSED (Espacio Corporativo de Seguridad y Defensa – Defence, Security and Space Corporation), based at Tremp in the
Catalonia region, where it aims to create the cluster. ECOSED – a consortium of defence, aerospace and technology sector participants –
is planning to set up a headquarters in Madrid for the recently established foundation that will handle the social and cultural side of the project from September, said David de Caixal, one of the 13 business and academic partners behind the project. Among the activities planned will be working with both national and international universities to create a European institute for security and defence (IESDE) to offer training courses in areas such as rescue services, emergency medical treatment, and for managing catastrophes. (Source: Jane’s)

04 Jun 13. General Dynamics Information Technology has reportedly verbally agreed to open a call center this summer in the former Sitel building in the Industrial Park. The Bogalusa City Council last night authorized Mayor Charles Mizell to enter into a contract with the company for the site. If all goes according to plan, the information and technologies company could take occupancy by Aug. 1. Washington Economic Development Foundation Director Ryan Seal said he has been working to bring General Dynamics to Bogalusa for more than a year. That included hosting company representatives who were on a cross-country site search and giving them a tour of the old Sitel center. (Source: Open Source Information Report/The Daily News)

07 Jun 13. General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, announced that its Seattle operations received a Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Maturity Level 3 rating by Technical Software Services, Inc., of Pensacola, Fla., a licensed partner of the CMMI Institute. The company’s Seattle operation specializes in the design, development and production of precision pyrotechnic and inflation systems, low-cost precision munitions and solid-propellant manufacturing. CMMI best practices are incorporated into its system engineering processes throughout the lifecycle of these products. By employing CMMI best practices, General Dynamics integrates management and engineering activities into its business objectives to ensure its products and services meet customer expectations. Achieving a Capability Level 3 rating demonstrates the company’s commitment to continuous improvement.

MARITIME

06 Jun 13. Russia is committed to ensuring conditions for its permanent naval presence in the Mediterranean, where it has legitimate national security interests, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday. Russia’s Mediterranean task force, which formally began work on Saturday, currently comprises 16 surface warships and three helicopters, First Deputy Defense Minister Valery Gerasimov said, adding that its configuration may change depending on the situation and mission. It is under the control of the Black Sea Fleet commander, with command headquarters deployed on the Admiral Panteleyev destroyer, Gerasimov said. The Mediterranean task force will ensure missile defense and fight drug trafficking, piracy and terror, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a press release. Its mission will also include antisubmarine defense, search and rescue operations at sea and humanitarian functions, the ministry said. (Source: Open Source Information Report/RIA Novosti)

Jun 13. HMS SCOTT: Engineering Support Contract. Desider (June 2013) recorded the award of a five-year contract for the ocean survey vessel HMS SCOTT to Babcock, with an option to extend in 2018 for a further five ye

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