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Job – Synthetic Environment Engineer in Stevenage
Location: Stevenage, UK
Job type: Contract
Category: Defence Engineering
Job Reference: 1147959
Posted on: 25 Sep 2018
About the Role:
A Synthetic Environment Engineer is required to perform the below tasks.
Design, develop (C#, C++) and integrate simulations (DIS/HLA/DDS) and real equipment to support Systems development.
Awareness of simulation standards (DIS and HLA).
Proficient in C++/C#/Java.
Engineering degree qualified or equivalent experience in mathematics/aerospace engineering/software engineering.
Microsoft Visual Studio, Eclipse, NetBeans, Qt.
Military Communications, Datalinks and Interfaces such as 1553/1760 and Ethernet TCP/IP.
Practical knowledge of System integration principles and processes.
Ability to work from high level/system view into technical detail.
Excellent verbal, presentation and written communication skills.
Knowledge of using Microsoft Windows and Linux operating system.
Candidates must be willing to undergo a security vetting procedure.
Modis International Ltd acts as an employment agency for permanent recruitment and an employment business for the supply of temporary workers. Modis International Ltd UK is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
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27 Sep 18. Damen aims to build Philippine profile. Dutch shipbuilder Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding is looking to establish within the Philippines a similar industrial footprint to the profiles it has developed in neighbouring Indonesia and Vietnam, Roland Briene, Damen’s Asia-Pacific area director, told Jane’son 27 September. The strategy is centred on collaborating with local shipyards, and Briene said Damen is currently talking to two or three shipbuilding companies in the Philippines with a view to forming a partnership that would pursue naval and commercial ship construction opportunities in the country. In the naval domain, Damen is currently focused on bidding for the Philippine Navy’s (PN’s) requirement to procure offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). (Source: IHS Jane’s)
26 Sep 18. Singapore unveils new Littoral Mission Vessel simulation centre. The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has inaugurated a dedicated simulation centre designed to provide nearly the full spectrum of instruction, from operator component training to full-mission rehearsals, to crews assigned to its Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessels (LMVs). The new LMV Simulation Centre (SIMCEN) is operated by 182 Squadron – an operational component of the Singapore Armed Forces’ Maritime Security Task Force (MSTF) – and has been christened RSS Daring, a name that had earlier been assigned to a Fearless-class patrol vessel that was decommissioned on 19 July after 21 years of service. The LMV SIMCEN is located at the western Tuas Naval Base, where the LMVs are also homeported, and has been jointly developed by the RSN and the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA). It features a tension fabric structure that measures 80 m long and 30 m wide, and houses an instructor operation centre, two full-scale LMV Integrated Command Centre- (ICC) simulation halls, and several briefing rooms. The facility is the first of its kind to be developed for the RSN and is currently managed by a commanding officer and five instructors, who are augmented by artificial intelligence (AI)-assisted systems that enable a single instructor to manage an entire training session. Each ICC simulator replicates the exact functions aboard an LMV’s ICC, which integrates a traditionally separated bridge, combat information centre (CIC), and machinery control room (MCR) functions into a single shared space for increased situational awareness and operating efficiencies in congested littoral environments. Similar to the ICC aboard the LMVs, both simulators comprise seven crew stations – or ʻclusters’ – with engineering and navigation functions located towards the forward section of the ICC, followed by the command cluster where the commanding officer and principal warfare officer are positioned; the surveillance and weapons clusters are situated immediately to the rear of the command cluster. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
26 Sep 18. Austal on track with Philippine expansion. Australian shipbuilder Austal is expanding its presence in the Philippines in support of a potential programme to supply the Philippine Navy (PN) with six offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). Speaking at the Asian Defence and Security (ADAS) 2018 exhibition in Manila, a company official told Jane’s that Austal is currently increasing the size of its existing ship-building facility in Balamban, in the central island province of Cebu, and aims to double its local workforce at the site.
Work on expanding the ship-building facility is expected to be complete by early 2019 and within another year Austal expects to employ up to 1,000 people at the yard. Initial work to be undertaken at the Cebu facility will support Austal’s commercial ship-building projects but the yard will also be a focal point for the company’s proposed programme to supply the OPVs to the PN. Austal initially announced it was in position to win the OPV contract on 13 August. The potential contract was revealed two days earlier by Philippine defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana, who said the PN would acquire the OPVs from the Australian company.
The Austal official confirmed to Jane’s that talks with the PN are continuing and that the proposed OPVs will be built at the Cebu facility if the company secures the contract. The facility will also sustain the vessels, which are based on a larger and more capable variant of the 58m Cape-class patrol boats currently operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Australian Border Force (ABF). The new vessel will measure 81.7 m in length and have a beam of 13.3m. The design, a model of which was on show at ADAS 2018, features an aviation deck enabling helicopter and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) missions. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
25 Sep 18. Necessity sparks invention at the Innovation Center, now open at Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Missiles and Fire Control (MFC) facility in Orlando, Florida. In this 6,500-square-foot space, employees are empowered with the technology and tools to develop creative solutions to complex problems. The company expects it to aid in the creation of new patents and the win of new multimillion-dollar contracts.
“Innovation is our ‘day job’ — it is core to who we are and everything we do,” said Frank St. John, executive vice president at MFC. “This facility gives employees the means to bring ideas from our unlimited imaginations to life. The result of which will help us invent technologies to solve previously unsolvable problems.”
Five specialized labs, a next-generation video conference capability and an interactive lobby serve more than 5,000 employees and counting amidst a hiring surge at the southwest Orlando facility. Virtual reality, robotics, computer-simulated environments, 3-D printing and more are available at workers’ fingertips to encourage new ways of thinking and approaching business needs. The space will also host monthly hands-on demonstrations as well as live webcasts across the business. This is the second of its kind at MFC. In less than a year’s time, the Innovation Center in Dallas, Texas, has helped secure millions of dollars’ worth of captured programs.
“The Innovation Center is a destination for our program teams to explore what’s possible with the use of high technology,” said Tom Mirek, vice president deputy of engineering and technology at MFC. “Like we already have in Dallas, we’re going to recognize Orlando’s Innovation Center for being a vital resource to the success of our company for years to come.”
Orlando’s Innovation Center is comprised of five unique labs:
- The Application Research Experimentation & Simulation (ARES) facility allows teams to use their own computing environment and applications to conduct events on a rapidly reconfigurable 12-screen hyperwall.
- The Genesis Lab is where ideas are born, and one can incubate and develop concepts in a creative, resourceful environment — 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Employees have access to augmented and virtual reality, small robotics, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, high-powered computing, and 3-D printers.
- The Iris Lab offers an indoor robotics test bay for safe and controlled training, experiments, and research.
- The Engineering Visualization Environment Lab and its animators take complex ideas and bring them to life through feature-film quality renderings.
- The Polaris Lab employs sensor, optics and laser testing that provides rapid response for employees and program development. This is a fire-control-focused lab that can benchmark new technology. Opening early 2019.
Employees in Orlando lead the aerospace and defense industry in their experience with technologies related to electro-optics, millimeter wave radar, image and signal processing, advanced materials, electronic packaging, and large-system integration.
25 Sep 18. Australia upgrades infrastructure at PNG’s Lombrum Naval Base. Australia has upgraded the wharf and shore-based infrastructure at Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) Lombrum Naval Base on Manus Island. The upgrade has been carried out by Fletcher Morobe Constructions under an A$5m ($3.63m) contract. Australian Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said: “The Lombrum upgrades will support the safe and secure berthing of PNG’s four new Guardian-class patrol boats.
“The infrastructure works build upon existing security cooperation between Defence and the PNG Defence Force, including the recently established A$2m ($1.45m) communications centre at Lombrum.”
The contract is part of the Australian Government’s Pacific Maritime Security Programme that has been designed to support the country’s continuing commitment in strengthening and improving regional maritime security.
Pyne added: “Australia is proud to support the PNG Defence Force in strengthening their maritime security capability, and remains committed to our longstanding partnership.”
According to Pyne, the Pacific Maritime Security Programme also helps provide a regional aerial surveillance capability.
Under the programme, Australia is committed to deliver 21 Guardian-class vessels to 12 Pacific nations and Timor‑Leste between this year and 2023. Designed and being built by Austal, the Guardian-class Pacific patrol boat is 39.5m long, with a beam of 8m and a loaded draft of 2.5m. Currently under construction at the company’s Pacific Patrol Boat Production Facility in Western Australia, the vessels will be capable of achieving speeds of 20k and can each accommodate 23 people. On 30 May, the first Guardian-class ship was launched by Austal to be received in Papua New Guinea during late-October. (Source: naval-technology.com)
24 Sep 18. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), joined by U.S. Representative Mike Turner (OH) and members of Ohio’s state and local delegations, officially opened a new operational area of its Beavercreek facility today and reaffirmed its intent to add manufacturing jobs at the site. Elected officials joined local employees to cut the ribbon on the new section of the facility that delivers important capabilities at Northrop Grumman’s Beavercreek manufacturing center. For more than three decades, Ohio employees have manufactured advanced aerospace and defense products in the Dayton aerospace sector that support the U.S. and its global allies. Recent facility upgrades have enabled new work on strategic aerospace programs to come to the site, diversifying the portfolio of work and bringing new jobs to the area.
“Northrop Grumman has expanded our operations in Beavercreek and grown our aerospace workforce at this site by more than 50 percent since early 2017. This has been possible through the development of advanced technologies and innovation by our team, coupled with partnerships with the state of Ohio and the Greene County Community Improvement Corporation,” said Wendy Williams, vice president and general manager, aerospace structures, Northrop Grumman. “We greatly appreciate the strong support from state and local partners and our federal delegation.”
The Beavercreek facility was expanded by 35,000 square feet in 2017-2018 as a result of additional work and a recent award of an approximate $90m contract to supply high temperature composites for the U.S. military. The 154,000-square-foot facility currently has more than 140 employees and produces advanced aerospace and defense composite structures.
“This expansion signifies the commitment Northrop Grumman has to its employees, the community and the state of Ohio to continue bringing high quality manufacturing work into the area,” said Richard Passmore, director of operations, aerospace structures-Dayton, Northrop Grumman. “We value our partnership with state, city and county officials and thank them for their continued support.”
In addition to the work at Beavercreek, Northrop Grumman also supports customers located at Wright Patterson Air Force Base including the Air Force Materiel Command, Air Force Research Laboratory and Air Force Life Cycle Management Center.
21 Sep 18. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) recently hosted an opening ceremony and reception for its new AC-208 Training Center of Excellence™. Delegates from the offices of Representative Kaye Granger and Representative Marc Veasey attended the event along with many key leaders from the United States government and industry partners. The facility is 5,000 square feet of custom-built classroom space located at Meacham Airport in Fort Worth, Texas. The AC-208 Training Center of Excellence™ is designed to provide partner nations with instructional classroom activities and initial aircrew and maintenance training on the Northrop Grumman modified AC-208 Eliminator™ aircraft.
“The opening of the AC-208 Training Center of Excellence™ demonstrates Northrop Grumman’s ongoing commitment to our full-service Contractor Logistic Services (CLS) program which enables partner nations to achieve proficiency and critical capabilities,” said Cary Ralston, vice president and general manager, defense electronic systems, Northrop Grumman. “Our experienced and talented personnel have been providing a variety of CLS services including maintenance and operations training for over 15 years.”
Northrop Grumman offers partner nations an integrated training program including a range of services from initial site set-up, onsite training and instructional classroom activities, mission system and platform maintenance and operations. Training instructors have extensive subject matter expertise and international field service experience, enabling mission success.
The initial training sessions will last approximately four months and include pilot and mission system operator training. Upon graduation, the partner nation aircrew members will be fully trained to operate the AC-208 Eliminator™. The Northrop Grumman modified aircraft, can find, fix, identify, track, target, and engage emerging and time-sensitive targets. The aircraft also incorporates an electro-optical, laser-equipped targeting system, air-to-ground and air-to-air communications to provide both day and night reconnaissance capabilities for the mission crew.
27 Sep 18. US Navy Commissioned Submarine Indiana. The US Navy commissioned its newest fast attack submarine, the future USS Indiana (SSN 789), during an 10 a.m. (EDT) ceremony Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Navy Port at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Port Canaveral, Florida. The principal speaker was U.S. Representative Jim Banks from Indiana. Mrs. Diane Donald, wife of retired Adm. Kirkland H. Donald, director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion from 2004 to 2012, is serving as the ship’s sponsor. She will give the order to “man our ship and bring her to life!” in a time-honored Navy tradition.
“The future USS Indiana shows the increased capabilities that our industrial partners bring to the fleet as we deliver the Navy the nation needs,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “This submarine sends a signal to friend and foe alike that we will maintain supremacy under the waves, and extend our lethality and readiness in every domain.
The future Indiana (SSN 789) is the 16th Virginia-class fast attack submarine and the sixth Virginia-class Block III submarine. This next-generation attack submarine provides the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nation’s undersea superiority well into the 21st century. The submarine, which began construction in 2012, will be the third U.S. Navy ship to be christened with the name Indiana. The first Indiana (BB 1), the lead ship of her class of battleship, served in the North Atlantic and later participated in the blockade of Santiago de Cuba during the Spanish-American War. The second Indiana (BB 58) was a South Dakota-class battleship that earned nine battle stars for her service in the Pacific Theater in World War II. The ship fought in the Battle of the Philippine Sea and participated in the invasions of Tarawa, Kwajalein, and Okinawa, and bombarded Saipan, the Palau Islands, the Philippines, and Iwo Jima. Indiana earned nine battle stars for service in World War II. Virginia-class submarines are built to operate in the world’s littoral and deep waters while conducting anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface ship warfare; strike warfare; special operation forces support; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare missions. Their inherent stealth, endurance, mobility, and firepower directly enable them to support five of the six maritime strategy core capabilities—sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security, and deterrence. (Source: US DoD)
26 Sep 18. Singapore navy commissions two Littoral Mission Vessels, opens integrated simulation centre. The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has commissioned two more Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessels (LMVs), RSS Justice and RSS Indomitable during a ceremony held at the Tuas Naval Base on 26 September. Built by Singapore Technologies Engineering Marine Justice and Indomitable (with pennant number 18 and 19 respectively) are the fourth and fifth of eight 1,250-tonne LMVs – derived from Saab’s FLEXpatrol multimission patrol vessel design – that are progressively replacing the RSN’s ageing Fearless-class patrol vessels, which have been in service since the mid-1990s. The ships are assigned to 182 Squadron and function as part of the Singapore’s Maritime Security Task Force (MSTF). The vessels’ armaments include an Oto Melara 76 mm main gun, along with two Oto Melara Hitrole 12.7 mm remote-controlled weapon stations on either side of the bridge and a Rafael 25 mm Typhoon gun system on the bridge’s aft section. Protection against hostile aircraft and precision-guided munitions is provided by MBDA’s VL Mica anti-air missile system deployed via the ships’ 12-cell vertical launch system (VLS) in the forward section.
The vessels are manned by a baseline crew of 23, including five officers, and can operate for up to 14 days at sea. The vessels can also be quickly reconfigured for a diverse range of missions including search and rescue (SAR) and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations using containerised mission modules.
They are also equipped with a stern dock and associated launch-and-recovery system that can deploy up to two 11 m rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs), as well as an aft deck that can accommodate a medium-lift helicopter. That said, Jane’s previously reported that only four LMVs will be configured for helicopter operations, with the remainder expected to carry an, as yet undetermined, rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). (Source: IHS Jane’s)
25 Sep 18. Work begins on US Navy’s first John Lewis-class replenishment oiler. The first piece of steel has been cut for the US Navy’s lead John Lewis-class fleet replenishment oiler, marking the start of the vessel’s construction. The vessel is being built by General Dynamics’ (GD) wholly owned subsidiary National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) at its shipyard in San Diego. Named T-AO 205, the first of six John Lewis-class replenishment oilers are being designed and developed for the US Navy under a fixed price incentive block buy contract.
GD NASSCO president Kevin Graney said: “These oilers are critical to the navy’s ability to operate around the world. We are honoured to build the lead ship of this class and have worked with our navy and industry partners to ensure the design, planning, material and facility are ready to begin construction.”
Construction work on the future USNS John Lewis is slated for completion in November 2020. The double-hulled John Lewis-class vessels are designed to transfer fuel to the US Navy carrier strike group ships operating at sea.
Program Executive Office Ships (PEO Ships) support vessels and craft programme manager Mike Kosar said: “As the first ship of its class, the future USNS John Lewis will play a vital role in the mission of the navy and Marine Corps, just like its namesake John Lewis’ vital role as a national leader in the movement for civil rights and human dignity.”
To be deployed as part of the US Navy’s Combat Logistics Force, the replenishment oilers will have the capacity to carry 157,000bpd of oil, a significant dry cargo capacity, and can travel at speeds of 20k. Based on commercial design standards, the new vessels will help recapitalise the currently used T-AO 187-class fleet replenishment oilers. Once complete, the future USNS John Lewis will be operated by the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command. (Source: naval-technology.com)
23 Sep 18. Second Project 677 Lada-class submarine launches. The Russian Navy’s second Project 677 Lada-class submarine diesel-electric attack submarine, Kronshtadt, was launched in a ceremony at Admiralty Shipyards on 20 September. Kronshtadt and third boat Velikiye Luki(ex- Sevastopol ) were laid down in 2005 and 2006 respectively, but construction was suspended in 2011 due to design challenges. Work on Kronshtadt resumed in 2013, followed by Velikiye Luki in 2015. Under current planning Kronshtadtis expected to be handed over to the Russian Navy in 2019, with Velikiye Luki following in 2021. Speaking at the launching ceremony, Admiralty Shipyards’ general director Alexander Buzakov said contracts for boats four and five are expected to be signed next year. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
28 Sep 18. Ecuadorian Army receives new Lama helicopter. The Ecuadorian Army (Ejército Ecuatoriano) took possession of one Aérospatiale Lama SA 315B helicopter on 25 September. The helicopter, purchased from New Star Holdings, will be used by the army’s air brigade, the ministry of defence said. It replaces another Lama helicopter, registered E-318, which crashed in Morona Santiago province in January 2017. The Lama transports a crew of one and four passengers. The Ecuadorian army has replaced lost aircraft in recent months. Apart from the Lama, it also received a Sikorsky/PZL M28 Skytruck aircraft in August. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
27 Sep 18. Grounding order lifted for Polish ‘Fitters.’ A grounding order for the Polish Air Force’s Sukhoi Su-22 ‘Fitter’ force, implemented following the crash of a MiG-29 on 6 July, has been lifted, the Polish Armed Forces General Command has confirmed to Jane’s. The findings of the State Commission on Aircraft Accidents Investigation regarding the crash have since been implemented, although the MiG-29s remain grounded. Both the MiG-29 and Su-22 use the same K-36 ejection seat. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
24 Sep 18. China hands over Y-8F200W transport aircraft to Kazakhstan. China has officially handed over a Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation (SAC) Y-8F200W mid-size transport aircraft to Kazakhstan, marking the first time the platform has been acquired by a member of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), according to Chinese media reports. China’s CANNews website reported on 23 September that the four-engined turboprop aircraft, which made its first flight in June, is now expected to land in the Kazakh capital Astana on 26 September, with other media reports stating that the platform is set to be operated by the country’s National Guard. The Chinese-built Y-8 is based on the Russian Antonov An-12 ‘Cub’ transport. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
PLANT CLOSURES, JOB LOSSES AND STRIKES
21 Sep 18. SKASaC takes final bow ahead of retirement. The UK Royal Navy (RN) is preparing to retire its last Sea King ASaC.7 (SKASaC) helicopters, bringing to an end the Sea King’s near 50-year career in UK military service. Two of the remaining SKASaC aircraft from 849 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) flew a farewell flypast around southwest England on 19 September in company with a Merlin HM2 helicopter. The Merlin HM2, equipped with the Crowsnest mission package, will take on the airborne surveillance and control role for the RN’s new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers. The last deployed flight from 849 NAS came off operations supporting Operation ‘Kipion’ in the Gulf at the end of June. The squadron, based at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in southwest England, will continue to hold a contingency readiness for the Joint Expeditionary Force (Maritime) through to 25 September: the last four ASaC.7 aircraft are planned to fly to HMS Sultan, near Portsmouth, the following day for final disposal. With the demise of the SKASaC, 849 NAS will ‘ghost’ until reactivated in 2019 with the Merlin HM2 helicopter and the new Crowsnest mission fit. As well as the acquisition of 10 radar/mission system kits, the Crowsnest programme also covers the embodiment of ‘fit-to-receive’ modifications for all 30 Merlin HM2s, plus training and initial support.
Lockheed Martin UK is prime contractor for the Crowsnest programme, with Thales UK providing a radar and mission system evolved from the SKASaC’s existing Searchwater/Cerberus systems. Leonardo Helicopters is taking responsibility for Merlin air vehicle modifications, integration, and packaging of the role-fit kits. The Crowsnest radar fit leverages from the existing Searchwater 2000, but introduces a number of enhancements including additional radar modes and improved detection performance against low radar cross-section targets. The radar scanner will be deployed using a ‘hinged’ antenna fit on the Merlin HM2’s port weapon station. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT
25 Sep 18. The Navy is getting a new deputy program executive officer for enterprise information systems. Navy Reserve Capt. Eric Ruttenberg, the commanding officer for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Reserve Program (SPAWAR) in San Diego, Calif., will be the new deputy PEO for enterprise systems, according to a Sept. 24 Defense Department announcement. Ruttenberg also has been selected for promotion to rear admiral, lower half. The leadership change comes as SPAWAR helps the Navy usher in a large commercial cloud services contract being handled by the Government Services Agency. The contract, which hasn’t been awarded as of July, according to DelTek data, is expected to cover up to 95 percent of the Navy’s cloud needs. Ruttenberg will succeed Capt. Donald Harder is a role that oversees the Navy’s $1bn enterprise IT budget, including the naval enterprise networks and resource planning, the Marines Corps’ global combat support system, software licensing, and data center and application optimization. (Source: Defense Systems)
24 Sep 18. Former Symantec boss takes over the Defense Innovation Unit. Michael Brown spent two decades running companies in Silicon Valley, eventually rising to CEO of Symantec, one of the largest software companies in the world, with annual revenues of $4bn and more than 10,000 employees. On Sept. 24, he starts a new job as the next leader of the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit. While it comes with a much smaller budget, in the range of $40m, it’s a job Brown believes he’s stepping into at a critical time. Brown spent the last two years as a White House presidential innovation fellow with the Pentagon, meaning he’s not coming into the world of defense cold with the DIU job. During that period he met Raj Shah, the previous DIU leader, as well as Mike Griffin, the Pentagon’s undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, who now will be Brown’s boss. Brown also co-authored a Pentagon study on China’s influence in the U.S. tech scene, an experience that has influenced his views as he prepares to take over DIU. (Source: Defense News)
26 Sep 18. USN Vice Adm. Andrew L. Lewis for reappointment to the rank of vice admiral and assignment as commander, Second Fleet; and commander, Joint Forces Command Norfolk. Lewis is currently serving as commander, Second Fleet, Norfolk, Virginia.
24 Sep 18. USN Res. Rear Adm. William M. Crane will be assigned as director, Fleet Design/Force Generation (FDFG), U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia. Crane is currently serving as commander, Naval Air Forces Reserve, San Diego, California.
24 Sep 18. USN Res. Rear Adm. Brian S. Pecha will be assigned as deputy chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Reserve Policy and Integration, with additional duties as fleet surgeon, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Falls Church, Virginia. Pecha is currently serving as fleet surgeon, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia.
24 Sep 18. USN Res. Rear Adm. (lower half) Joey B. Dodgen will be assigned as deputy commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, San Diego, California. Dodgen is currently serving as deputy commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet, Yokosuka, Japan.
24 Sep 18. USN Res. Rear Adm. (lower half) Shawn E. Duane will be assigned as deputy commander, Navy Installations Command, Washington, District of Columbia. Duane is currently serving as director, Maritime Partnership Program, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, U.S. Naval Forces Africa; and vice commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet, Naples, Italy.
24 Sep 18. USN Res. Rear Adm. (lower half) Scott D. Jones will be assigned as commander, Naval Air Force Reserve, San Diego, California. Jones is currently serving as deputy commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia.
24 Sep 18. USN Res. Rear Adm. (lower half) John B. Mustin will be assigned deputy commander, U.S. Second Fleet, with additional duties as deputy commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia. Mustin is currently serving as deputy commander, Naval Surface Force Pacific, San Diego, California; and Naval Surface Force Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia.
24 Sep 18. USN Res. Rear Adm. (lower half) Matthew P. O’Keefe will be assigned as deputy commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia. O’Keefe is currently serving as deputy commander, Navy Installations Command, Washington, District of Columbia.
24 Sep 18. USN Res. Rear Adm. (lower half) John A. Schommer will be assigned as deputy commander, U.S. Fourth Fleet, Mayport, Florida. Schommer is currently serving as deputy commander, Military Sealift Command, Washington, District of Columbia.
24 Sep 18. USN Res. Capt. Robert T. Clark, selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as deputy commander, Military Sealift Command, with additional duties as deputy commander, Military Sealift Command Representative, to deputy, J3, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Clark is currently serving as deputy commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Reserve Component Command, Norfolk, Virginia.
24 Sep 18. USN Res. Capt. Ann H. Duff, selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as deputy, Military Personnel Plans and Policy (N13R), Washington, District of Columbia. Duff is currently serving as commanding officer, USN Res., U.S. Fleet Forces Personnel Management Command, Norfolk, Virginia.
24 Sep 18. USN Res. Capt. Nancy S. Lacore, selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as director, Maritime Partnership Program, U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet, with additional duties as vice commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet, Naples, Italy. Lacore is currently serving as commanding officer, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa.
24 Sep 18. USN Res. Capt. Theodore P. Leclair, selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as deputy commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet, Yokosuka, Japan. Leclair is currently serving as commanding officer, USN Res. commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet, Yokosuka, Japan.
24 Sep 18. USN Res. Capt. Mark J. Mouriski, selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as deputy commander, Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland. Mouriski is currently serving as chief of staff, Naval Air Reserve Program Executive Office, Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland.
24 Sep 18. USN Res. Capt. Eric C. Ruttenberg, selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as deputy, Program Executive Officer for Enterprise Information Systems, Washington, District of Columbia. Ruttenberg is currently serving as commanding officer, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Reserve Program, San Diego, California.
24 Sep 18. The National Science Foundation (NSF) and Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced a new $21m partnership to accelerate training in critical skill areas and increase diversity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
“This investment demonstrates Boeing’s commitment to developing the future workforce and our current employees’ skills,” said Heidi Capozzi, senior vice president of Human Resources at Boeing. “The initiatives will help develop more technical workers and provide research opportunities for women and veterans seeking to join or return to the STEM workforce.”
Supported by $10m in funding from Boeing, NSF will partner with world-class learning institutions to develop online training in critical skill areas for students and Boeing employees. These skill areas include model-based engineering and systems engineering, mechatronics, robotics, data science and sensor analytics, program management and artificial intelligence. The first project is expected to launch in 2019.
To complement Boeing’s investment, NSF’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources will invest $10m in awards focused on reskilling and increasing the skill level of the U.S. STEM workforce. Boeing will also give a $1m gift to the NSF INCLUDES initiative, which aims to enhance U.S. innovation leadership. NSF will use this funding to increase the number of women in STEM fields and address the needs of women and veterans returning to the STEM workforce. With this investment, Boeing becomes the first business to contribute to NSF INCLUDES at a national level.
“We are grateful to Boeing for investing in the future of the U.S. STEM workforce,” said France Cordova, NSF director and leader of the NSF INCLUDES initiative. “These kinds of public-private partnerships can lead to a more technically-proficient workforce with the skills needed to expand our national research and development base.”
This latest investment delivers on Boeing’s 2017 pledge to invest $300m in employees, infrastructure and local communities as a result of U.S. tax reform, with $100 m dedicated to workforce development.
21 Sep 18. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) today announced it has added 30 new jobs at its composites manufacturing facility in Salt Lake County in 2018, with the goal of adding 100 total jobs over the next several years. The re-purposed 90,000-square-foot facility in West Valley City, Utah, will accommodate composite aerospace structure manufacturing programs.
“Our expanded footprint enables us to better serve our customers in support of national security,” said Wendy Williams, vice president and general manager, aerospace structures, Northrop Grumman. “This investment in our employees and in the local community will also enable a variety of new opportunities and additional jobs in the state of Utah.”
The re-purposed building is evidence of Northrop Grumman’s growing presence in northern Utah. The company currently has facilities in 13 locations across Utah and employs more than 4,500 employees in the state. The company was selected by the Utah Best of State organization as the 2018 Best of State in the Aerospace Production and Manufacturing category for its outstanding contribution to Utah’s economy, exceptional operational performance through innovative and lean manufacturing processes, continued improvement initiatives, consistent economic achievement and ongoing community and state involvement efforts.
Aerospace program work at the Northrop Grumman facility will utilize proprietary automated forming processes that have been instrumental in the development and manufacture of high-rate production composite aerospace structures that are extremely high quality, affordable and dimensionally precise. This technology will be evolved to the new material systems, geometries and processing needs of the future while maintaining the superior benefits of a highly automated production process.
01 Oct 18. Oxley Appoints New Group CEO. The Shareholders and the Board of the Oxley Group announced the appointment of Mr. Garry North as CEO of the Oxley Group of Companies. As the Chief Executive Officer of Oxley Group, Garry can draw on his background as a Mechanical Engineer and over 40 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, particularly in the Aerospace and Defence sector. During his career, Garry has demonstrated the ability to lead diverse teams of professionals in different geographies to new levels of success. Garry is a leader who inspires people to buy into the vision and deliver business results for all stakeholders. Garry’s considerable experience and knowledge of international business; having worked in the USA, Europe, the Middle and Far East, will further enhance Oxley’s position as a leading UK Export Champion.
24 Sep 18. J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused on the aerospace, defense, maritime, government and environmental sectors, is pleased to announce the addition of Lawrence J. Phillips, Managing Director of Portfolio Operations, and Michael P. Leber, VP Finance & Controller. In addition, the firm recently welcomed Tyler W. Creamer, Alfred E. Johansen and Luke T. Zabinski as Associates. Mr. Phillips will be involved in all aspects of the firm’s private equity investment program with an emphasis on the operational evaluation and oversight of portfolio companies from acquisition through exit. He joins J.F. Lehman after serving in a similar capacity at both Court Square Capital Partners and Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company, LLC (“COAC”), the in-house operations affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. In these roles, Mr. Phillips focused on driving operational and financial transformation at a variety of portfolio companies and served as Senior Vice President of Operations at DynCorp International and Senior Vice President of Corporate Transformation at Formica Corporation. Mr. Phillips began his career in manufacturing and financial management at General Electric and also served as Vice President of Marketing, Finance and Corporate Operations at BigMachines, Inc. A native of New Jersey, Mr. Phillips earned dual honors degrees (B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and B.A. in Political Science) from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. Leber joins J.F. Lehman & Company after four years at Perpetual Capital, a private investment company focused on middle market buyouts, where he served as VP Finance & Chief Accounting Officer.
24 Sep 18. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has appointed Robert Mullins senior vice president, Corporate Strategy and Business Development and a corporate officer. Mullins succeeds Stephanie Hill, who has been appointed deputy executive vice president, Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS). Both appointments are effective October 8, 2018. In his new role, Mullins will be responsible for leading global strategy and the corporate business development team. Mullins joined Lockheed Martin in March 2018 and is currently vice president, Strategy and Business Development for Lockheed Martin Space. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, he served as executive vice president, Corporate Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions at Cobham plc, a United Kingdom-based aerospace and defense company. Previously, Mullins was senior vice president, Corporate Strategy, for Alliant Techsystems (ATK) and held a variety of leadership roles with Northrop Grumman. While working at the RAND Corporation, Mullins completed a two-year assignment to the Department of Defense as special assistant to the deputy chief of staff, Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force. Mullins holds a Bachelor of Arts in government from Franklin & Marshall College, a Master of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a Doctor of Philosophy from King’s College, University of London.
In her new role, Hill will be responsible for all RMS program execution and all RMS Lines of Business will report to her – including Sikorsky; Integrated Warfare Systems and Sensors; Training and Logistic Solutions; and Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Combat Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (C6ISR). Since joining Lockheed Martin in 1987 as a software engineer, Hill has held business and functional leadership positions of increasing responsibility in two of the company’s business areas and corporate, including vice president and general manager of Cyber, Ships & Advanced Technologies; vice president and general manager of Information Systems & Global Solutions Civil business; and vice president of Corporate Internal Audit. She has deep expertise working with the company’s international customers and with nearly every aspect of the U.S. federal government, including all branches of the military and most civil agencies. Hill also led Lockheed Martin’s commercial cyber security and energy businesses.
Hill holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and economics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is a member of the board of directors of S&P Global and Project Lead the Way, a national K-12 STEM education non-profit. Hill also serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
26 Sep 18. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) announced today that its board of directors has elected Ann Addison corporate vice president and chief human resources officer, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Addison will succeed Denise Peppard, who has announced her intention to retire in March 2019. Addison joins Northrop Grumman from Leidos, where she was executive vice president and chief human resources officer.
24 Sep 18. Triumph Group (NYSE:TGI) today announced that Jennifer Allen will join the company as Senior Vice President and General Counsel, reporting to President and CEO Daniel Crowley. Ms. Allen will also serve as Secretary for the company and oversee activities related to the Board of Directors. Bringing more than 20 years of legal experience to the role, with expertise in corporate governance, public reporting, mergers and acquisitions, Ms. Allen will manage and coordinate all legal services for the company. Ms. Allen succeeds John Wright, who will be leaving at the end of the year following a distinguished 14-year career as General Counsel for the company. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
25 Sep 18. SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce that Jack Barnes has joined SIG SAUER, Inc. as the Vice President, Commercial Sales. In this position Barnes will establish and carry out strategic sales plans to promote sales growth and customer satisfaction in the commercial market for the complete SIG SAUER product line.
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