19 Jul 04. As part of the “efficiency gains” imposed on the MoD by the 2004 Spending Review (Item 1), the MoD is to “reduce the numbers of civilians and military posts in administrative and support roles by over 15,000” by 2007/08. Additionally, the MoD is to be “on course to have relocated 3,900 posts out of London and the South East by 2010”. Comment: As at 1 Jan 04, there were 89,441 UK-based Civil Servants in the MoD of whom 65,198 were designated as working in MoD HQ and “support”. The figures exclude UK casual staff (about 1,300) and locally-employed civilians (about 13,800 mainly in Cyprus, Germany and Gibraltar). [All figures from DASA.] No details have, as yet, been released as to how or when the reductions are to be implemented. (Source: DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 04/28, 19 Jul 04)
20 Jul 04. US Navy Vice Adm. Kirkland H. Donald for appointment to the
rank of admiral and assignment as director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, Department of the Navy/Department of Energy, Washington, D.C. Donald is currently serving as commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet and commander, Submarine Allied Command, Atlantic, Norfolk, Va.
19 Jul 04. Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) James A. Winnefeld, Jr. is being assigned as commander, Carrier Group Two, Norfolk, Va. Winnefeld is currently assigned as director, Warfare Programs and Readiness, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Va.