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29 Jun 04. Boeing showcased its net-centric operations (NCO) capabilities today during a networked, three-site press conference, enabling reporters in Anaheim, Calif., St. Louis, and the newest facility near Washington, DC, to witness Boeing’s enterprise-wide network in action. This network is the enterprise-wide Boeing modeling, simulation, and analysis network, and with the opening of the second Boeing Integration Center (BIC) in Crystal City, Va., Boeing has added its newest network node.

30 Jun 04. VT Merlin Communications and Vosper Mantech together form the Communications changed its name to VT Communications Division of VT Group plc. Significant integration of the two businesses has already taken place with a unified management structure and co-location of certain key functions. Increasingly, the combined capabilities of VT Merlin Communications and Vosper Mantech are used to satisfy customer requirements. This broadening of our core capabilities enables us to produce a much more integrated offering but has at times led to confusion as to the relationship between the two businesses and difficulties in describing our combined activities. The new name and brand will become effective from 1st July 2004 and will be rolled out over the coming months. VT Communications will not however be a legal entity and customers will continue to contract with either VT Merlin Communications or Vosper Mantech.

Jun 04. The First Royal Tank Regiment (1 RTR) reports (RTR Journal, June 2004) that a Squadron of the Joint Nuclear Biological and Chemical Regiment (Jt NBC Regt) is being prepared to join NATO’s new CBRN Battalion. The CBRN Battalion, led by the Czech Republic, is due to form in July 2004 and is expected to deploy to Greece for the Olympic Games [[Item 10]. Comment: The Jt NBC Regt was established at RAF Honington on 1 Apr 99, with 75% Army and 25% RAF personnel. The Army element is the (re-roled) 1 RTR and the RAF contribution is 27 Squadron RAF Regiment. The Regiment has been in continuous support of OP TELIC. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 04/25, 28 Jun 04)

25 Jun 04. RAF News reported that the last RAF aircraft and personnel had left the Ali al Salem Air Base. A 24 Squadron C-130J from Basrah had flown out the Detachment Commander and remaining RAF personnel. Comment: The Air Base was occupied by Iraqi Forces during the 1990/91 Campaign and had been heavily bombed. RAF Tornado Squadrons first deployed to ‘Ali al’ early in 1998, in order to patrol the Southern No Fly Zone. During OP TELIC I the Base housed the main RAF presence, including the Tornado Combat Air Wing. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 04/25, 28 Jun 04)

29 Jun 04. Nick Luff has been appointed as a non-executive director to the QinetiQ Board with immediate effect and will chair its audit committee. He directly replaces Jonathan Symonds, chief financial officer for AstraZeneca plc, who stood down having completed his agreed three year service agreement on 30 June 2004. Luff is chief financial officer to the P&O Group board, a post to which he was appointed in May 2003.

29 Jun 04. Colonel Carew Wilks, Team Leader MoD SUV IPT, to Brigadier effective November.

30 Jun 04. US Major General Keith W. Dayton, to Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3, United States Army, Washington, DC. He was previously serving as the Director, Iraq Survey Group, Iraq.

24 Jun 04. US Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Alan B. Hicks is being assigned as deputy Surface Warfare for Combat Systems/Weapons, N76F, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C. Hicks is currently assigned as commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center/deputy commander for Warfare Systems Engineering, SEA-06, Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C.

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