08 Jun 04. The Junior Defence Minister announced that a contract had been awarded to King’s College, London for the establishment of a Department of Defence Mental Health (DDMH). The value and the duration of the contract were not given. DDMH is to be staffed by a combination of King’s College and Defence Medical Services (DMS) staff. Comment: DDMH will not treat patients, but “will be a focus for military psychiatric academic study, research and education”. DMS staff will be able to undertake training and research projects within the Department of War Studies and the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS Issue 04/23, 14 Jun 04)
Jun 2004. Navy News advised that the Royal Navy Supply Organisation (RNSO) had undergone a change of title and is now known as the Royal Navy Logistics Policy Organisation (RNLPO). Comment: The change follows the renaming of the RN Supply Branch as the Logistics Branch, which was effective from 1 Feb 04. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS Issue 04/23, 14 Jun 04)
15 Jun 04. Joint Command South (JCS) in Verona is to be disbanded on 15 Jun 04, with a military ceremony at 10.45hrs. Comment: The Headquarters was formed on 10 Jul 51 as HQ Allied Land Forces Southern Europe (LANDSOUTH). Following reorganisation of the NATO Command Structure, HQ LANDSOUTH became JCS on 1 Sep 99. Priority has now been given to the establishment of Rapid Reaction Commands, making JCS redundant. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS Issue 04/23, 14 Jun 04)
17 Jun 04. Lockheed Martin has selected its Horizon City, Texas, facility for the production of the Compact Kinetic Energy Missile (CKEM). Horizon City is on the outskirts of El Paso, Texas. Plans include establishment of a pilot production line at the facility. During the CKEM System Development and Demonstration (SDD) program, work in Horizon City will include engineering integration, test and limited production. Production is forecast to begin in 2008 and involve as many as 30 to 40 jobs at the facility.
12 Jun 04. Bill Guyan has been promoted to senior Vice-President at DRS Tactical Systems, Palm Bay, Florida.
15 Jun 04. Robert E. Brown as president and chief executive officer of CAE, effective August 12, 2004. Mr. Brown, who is currently chairman of Air Canada and was previously president and CEO of Bombardier, will succeed Derek H. Burney immediately following the company’s annual general meeting, Aug. 11. In order to ensure a smooth transition, Mr. Burney will serve as vice-chairman of CAE until his formal retirement, Oct. 31.
4 Jun 04. Telindus, the pan-European network services and
solutions provider, has shown its commitment to its expanding UK Northern sales operation by appointing Simon Koscinski as client manager.
11 Jun 04. NASA has named Steven Schmidt as the Deputy Director of the Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC). Schmidt has served as the Special Assistant to the NASA Administrator since January 2002. He is serving as the Executive Director for the President’s Space Commission. He also served as the Executive Secretary for Management on the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, and as the Executive Assistant for the International Space Station Management and Cost Evaluation Task Force. Schmidt joined NASA in November 1994. He was involved with various programs at Dryden, including the X-33, X-38, X-43A, F-15 ACTIVE and SR-71, until December 2001, when he became the Assistant to the Associate Center Director for Planning. (Source: Shephard)
Jun 14 04. The U.S. DoD announced the appointment of Michael A. Gill as the new Tricare South regional director. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr., said, “The appointment of Michael Gill as the director of the Tricare South Region is another significant step in transforming our Tricare program. He brings exceptional talent, skills and management experience to this new role and responsibility.”
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