24 Feb 19. Barrett Communications announced the opening of a new office and facility for Barrett USA LLC in Pittsford, New York. Barrett Communications is expanding its presence due to the increased demand for its products in North America, South America and with United States funded programs globally. The new office and facility will house sales, engineering, product verification and distribution capabilities. Barrett’s new facility will add synergy to existing Barrett Communications business located in South America.
Mr. Andrew Burt, CEO of Barrett Communications said “Barrett is committed to growing our presence throughout this region and this new facility based in the United States is the ideal location for Barrett’s strategic plan going forward.”
Barrett Communications will be exhibiting at IWCE in Las Vegas from 4th to 8th March 2019, located at stand 331. This year the stand will showcase a complete range of HF radio communications systems that are currently being used by various department of the US government.
27 Feb 19. US Navy Commissioned Littoral Combat Ship Charleston. The Navy commissioned its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Charleston (LCS 18), during a 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday, March 2, at Columbus Street Terminal in Charleston, South Carolina. U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina delivered the commissioning ceremony’s principal address. Charlotte Riley, wife of former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, is the ship’s sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when Mrs. Riley gives the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life!”
“The future USS Charleston is proof of what the teamwork of all of our people – civilian, contractor and military – can accomplish together,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “This ship will extend the maneuverability and lethality of our fleet to confront the many challenges of a complex world, from maintaining the sea lanes to countering instability to maintaining our edge against renewed great power competition.”
The name Charleston has a long and storied history in the U.S. Navy. The first Navy ship to bear the name Charleston was a row galley that defended the coast of South Carolina during the Quasi-War with France. The second Charleston (C-2) was a protected cruiser that received the surrender of Guam during the Spanish-American War. The third Charleston (C-22) was a St. Louis-class protected cruiser that performed escort and troop transport duties in World War I. The next Charleston (PG-51) was an Erie-class patrol gunboat that earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one battle star for her service in the northern Pacific during World War II. The fifth Charleston (AKA-113/LKA-113) was an amphibious cargo ship that served during the Vietnam War.
The future USS Charleston is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft. The ship will be homeported in San Diego, Calif.
The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin, Marinette, Wis., (for the odd-numbered hulls). The Independence variant team is led by Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., (for LCS 6 and the subsequent even-numbered hulls). The ceremony, using hashtag #USSCharleston, can be viewed on the Navy Live blog at http://navylive.dodlive.mil. (Source: US DoD)
25 Feb 19. Defence Secretary Reveals Name of 3rd Dreadnought Submarine. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has revealed the name of the third Dreadnought submarine as HMS Warspite. The name Warspite goes back to 1595 and was the last ‘great ship’ to be built during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Warspite has been carried by eight Royal Navy vessels. The last being the UK’s third nuclear submarine which operated for over 20 years at the height of the Cold War.
The Defence Secretary was at Rolls-Royce’s site in Raynesway, Derbyshire, to award a £235m contract to Rolls-Royce Submarines which will provide the support, advice and material required to ensure the continued safety and availability of nuclear powerplant systems on board the current fleet of Trafalgar, Vanguard and Astute class submarines until 2022. The contract will sustain around 500 UK jobs.
The Defence Secretary said: “This year we mark half-a-century since British nuclear-armed submarines began their continuous patrol of waters around the world. This significant milestone for the Royal Navy would not be possible without the skills and ingenuity of our industry partners who supply and maintain equipment.”
In December 2018, the Defence Secretary announced a £400m funding boost for the Dreadnought programme alongside a £25m BAE Systems Academy of Skills and Knowledge in Barrow that will upskill employees working on Royal Navy submarines. The continued progress of the £31bn Dreadnought programme ensures the UK’s nuclear deterrent at sea for decades to come.
The Dreadnought programme replaces the four Vanguard class submarines which have provided CASD since 1992 with four new cutting-edge vessels. (Source: ASD Network)
26 Feb 19. US Navy accepts future Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Paul Ignatius. The US Navy has accepted the delivery of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), from the Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division.
The delivery was marked by the signing of the DD 250 document. Named in honour of former US Navy Secretary Paul Robert Ignatius, the vessel is anticipated to leave the shipyard in June with commissioning planned to take place later this year. Prior to the acceptance of the vessel, Paul Ignatius has undergone a series of at-sea and pier-side trials that tested its material and operational readiness.
Ingalls DDG programme manager George Nungesser said: “This event is the culmination of hard work and dedication by thousands of shipbuilders, industry partners from nearly every state, as well as our Navy SUPSHIP Gulf Coast shipmates who worked with us each and every day to ensure DDG 117 became a mission-capable ship.
“Today, we deliver DDG 117 to the US Navy – our 31st time to do this with an Aegis destroyer and well over our 80th time to deliver a Navy surface combatant on the banks of the Pascagoula River.”
Ingalls has so far delivered 31 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to the US Navy. The Pascagoula shipyard is currently building four DDGs, Delbert D. Black (DDG 119), Frank E.Peterson Jr. (DDG 121), Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123) and Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125), the first Flight III ship.
Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships DDG 51 class programme manager captain Casey Moton said: “Our industry partners have delivered another highly capable platform that will provide our sailors and nation with warfighting lethality for the next four decades.”
The Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are designed to support a range of operations, including peacetime presence, crisis management, sea control and power projection. They have the ability to simultaneously fight air, surface and subsurface battles. (Source: naval-technology.com)
22 Feb 19. Bretagne Admitted to Active Service. Fifth in a class of eight ships, the multi-mission frigate (FREMM) Bretagne has just been admitted to active service by the Chief of the Naval Staff (CEMM), Admiral Christophe Prazuck, the French Navy Chief of Staff. This decision marks the integration of this ultra-modern ship into the operational cycle. Built in Lorient, Bretagne carried out her first sea trials before sailing to Brest, her home port, on May 14, 2018. She was officially handed over on July 18.
On August 30, Bretagne left Brest to begin its Long-Term Deployment (LTP). This is the first mission of a new warship which, deployed for several months, is tested in extreme conditions in order to face its future missions. During this deployment, Bretagne took part in many exercises with Allied navies: anti-submarine exercises off the United States coast and participation in the NATO exercise Trident Juncture off the coast of Norway are just two examples.
After three months of navigation in the North Atlantic, Brittany returned to her home-port in Brest at the end of 2018. Today admitted to active service, she joins the Navy’s surface fleet and is preparing to begin full-scale operations. Bretagne is the second FREMM of the Western fleet, after her sister-ship Aquitaine. In 2030, the Navy will have fifteen first-rate frigates including 8 FREMM, 2 FDA and 5 FDI. FREMM Bretagne is the fifth in a series of eight, after Aquitaine, Provence, Languedoc and Auvergne. She will be followed, between 2019 and 2023, by Normandy, Alsace and Lorraine. The last two FREMMs will have enhanced air defense capabilities and will be known as (FREMM DA, for Défense-Aérienne). New generation stealth ships, versatile, enduring and flexible, equipped with advanced automatisms and a crew with optimized manpower, the FREMM are intended for missions including the security of the oceanic strategic force; in-depth precision land strike with naval cruise missile (MdCN); anti-ship, anti-submarine and anti-aircraft combat; the projection of commandos; the protection and escort of a naval air force, or general naval missions. (Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com) (Source: defense-aerospace.com/French Navy)
22 Feb 1. Royal Navy commissions third Tide-class tanker RFA Tidesurge. The UK Royal Navy has commissioned the newest Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ship Tidesurge during a dedication service at Greenock’s Ocean Terminal. Prior to the induction, Tidesurge underwent a detailed customisation programme at the A&P ship repair yard in Falmouth. With the commissioning, the 39,000t fleet replenishment tanker becomes the third RFA ship to be placed into service. Sister ships RFA Tidespring and Tiderace are already in service. The fourth of class of the Military Afloat Reach & Sustainability Tankers, RFA Tideforce, is expected to become operational later this year.
Defence Equipment and Support commercially-supported shipping head David Farmer said: “The Tide-class is a truly world-leading fleet of new supply vessels which has already been proven in operational deployments, including those alongside HMS Queen Elizabeth.”
The Tide-class tankers are double-hulled vessels that are designed to provide a key future underway replenishment at sea capability and support to the Navy’s Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.
RFA head commodore Duncan Lamb said: “Royal Fleet Auxiliary Tidesurge is the third of our four new fleet replenishment tankers.
“With her flight deck capable of operating Chinook helicopters, double probe replenishment at sea rigs, self-defence capability, and versatile fuel cargo system, she represents a crucial element of the Royal Navy task group of the future and a key enabler of our navy’s global reach.”
RFA Tidesurge will also be used to deliver fuel and water to Royal Navy warships deployed in missions around the world.
In addition, the vessels will perform support a range of maritime operations, including constabulary patrols policing shipping lanes, humanitarian relief, and provide support to Nato and allied nations in their operations. The delivery of the Tide-class vessels is part of the UK Government’s £179bn plan to boost the Armed Forces’ operations through the provision of necessary equipment. In November, Tidesurge performed launch and land trials with the CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter. (Source: naval-technology.com)
21 Feb 19. India to receive second Scorpene-class submarine by April 2019. The Indian Navy will likely receive its second Scorpene-class submarine, Khanderi by March, or April 2019. The matter was confirmed with Jane’s by chairman and managing director of Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders (MDL), Commodore Rakesh Anand, at Aero India 2019. Meanwhile, the third submarine Karanj is also likely to be delivered by end of year 2019, he added. Both Khanderi and Karanj are currently undergoing sea acceptance trials. The programme’s first-of-class, INS Kalvari was commissioned in December 2017, after a delay of more than six years from the original contracted timelines. The contract for the licensed production of six Scorpene-class submarines at MDL, Mumbai, was signed on 6 October 2005 under Project 75. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
25 Feb 19. Goa Shipyard launches 105m OPV for Indian Coast Guard. Key Points:
- India’s Goa Shipyard Limited has launched a 105m offshore patrol vessel for the country’s coast guard
- The vessel will be part of the service’s long-term plans to operate a fleet 154 ships by 2027
Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) has launched the first of five 105m offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) ordered for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) in 2016.
The vessel, which will be in service as ICGS Sachet (18), was launched on 21 February at GSL’s facilities in Goa. The keel for the vessel was laid in March 2017. Sachet is part of an INR20bn (USD280m) contract approved by India’s Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) in August 2016. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
26 Feb 19. HAL showcases upgraded Jaguar MAX combat aircraft. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) showcased the Jaguar upgrade suite, designated as Jaguar MAX (Mothership for Augmented Xploitation) during the 20-24 February Aero India 2019 exhibition in Bangalore. HAL displayed new avionics, a cockpit, and a model of the heavily armed upgraded Jaguar (Jaguar MAX) ground-attack aircraft, which are being offered for the Indian Jaguar S/M/B (I) fleet, likely to be known as the Display Attack Ranging Inertial Navigation-III Plus (DARIN III+) standard. The original DARIN III standard is a modernisation effort that includes new avionics and cockpit, in addition to the integration of modern armaments. The upgrade is being developed and implemented in phases. The Jaguar MAX primarily features an EL/M-2052 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar from Elta, an AESA-based wide-band jammer, a combined interrogator transponder, a flight management system, a configurable cockpit with a larger area display, a voice command system, a helmet-mounted display, an L-band datalink for long-range missions, a GAGAN/GPS/GLONASS-aided INS (with IRNSS optional), a software defined V/UHF radio, and modernised engines (optional).
The aircraft can be configured with a Radar Targeting Pod (2 seat-variant)/Laser Pod/Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Pod/Electro-Optical (EO) Pod to meet various mission requirements. The Jaguar MAX is envisioned to carry and launch various next-generation air-launched weapons, including a gliding heavy-weight new-generation precision-guided munition; five sensor-based, multi-warhead, anti-tank smart bombs; a new-generation laser-guided bomb; 16 gliding, lightweight smart anti-airfield weapons; a sea skimming anti-ship missile; two new-generation short-range air-to-air missiles; four next-generation beyond visual-range air-to-air missiles; five advanced medium-range cruise missiles; and 12 swarming unmanned air vehicles. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
25 Feb 19. Airbus has delivered the first upgraded Tranche 1 Eurofighter to the Spanish Air Force. The upgrade was carried out at Airbus facilities in Getafe and involved the introduction of hardware modifications which support the Operational Flight Program 02 (OFP-02) developed by the Armament and Experimental Logistics Centre (CLAEX). The upgrade developed by Airbus includes modifications that integrate Tranche 2 and Tranche 3 equipment on the aircraft, not least a Computer Symbol Generator, Digital Video and Voice Recorder, Laser Designator POD and Maintenance Data Panel. This first single-seat Eurofighter (serial number SS003), to be followed by a second two-seat aircraft currently undergoing the upgrade, will be used initially by CLAEX as a test aircraft for the qualification of these new capabilities that will be implemented on the Air Force’s fleet of 15 Tranche 1 Eurofighters.
25 Feb 19. Indian Army receives first batch of Advanced Light Helicopters. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) delivered the first batch of three Dhruv Mk III Advanced Light Helicopters (ALHs) to the Indian Army on 22 February. The three helicopters were received ahead of schedule at the Aero India 2019 exhibition by Lieutenant General Kanwal Kumar, Director General Aviation Army. The helicopters are a part of an order of 22 Dhruv Mk III ALHs for the army. The original contract in August 2017 includes 40 ALH (22 in Mk III ALH version and 18 in the Mk IV ALH Rudra version). As of February, 19 of the 22 ALH Mk IIIs have been built ahead of delivery. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
PLANT CLOSURES, JOB LOSSES AND STRIKES
03 Mar 19. Steven Ciobo announced his retirement from politics at the next election, with rumblings growing around future ministerial resignations. Minister Ciobo came to the Defence portfolio with a breadth of professional and parliamentary experience following a change of leadership in August 2018. Before entering the Australian Parliament as the federal member for Moncrieff in 2001, he built a professional career as an executive in the economic reform unit at international firms Coopers & Lybrand and, later, PricewaterhouseCoopers. (Source: Defence Connect)
26 Feb 19. Today, 35 employees in Terma’s departments in Lystrup, Herlev, Grenaa, and outside Denmark have been dismissed: 33 salaried employees and 2 employees under ‘CO’-staff agreement.
The dismissals are owed to organizational changes in some departments combined with changes in the market conditions for several Business Areas. As a consequence, there is a need for an adjustment of the staff level and the composition of competencies.
“It is regrettable but necessary for the continued development of the Group. Following several years of growth and an increasingly global setup, we are forced to adjust the composition of competencies to ensure a continued optimum cost structure and preparedness for an expected continued growth, says Terma’s President & CEO Jens Maaløe. He adds that Terma will assist the dismissed employees in order for them to find new jobs soon. Terma’s fiscal year 2018/19 will come to a close at the end of February, and the Group’s Financial Statements will be published in connection with the Annual General Meeting in late May this year.
MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT
REST OF THE WORLD APPOINTMENTS
01 Mar 19. Defence Connect can tonight confirm that Western Australia Senator, Linda Reynolds CSC will be sworn in as the Minister for Defence Industry tomorrow at a ceremony in Canberra. Senator Reynolds was elected to the Senate in 2014 following more than 20 years’ experience at the national political level working for Ministers, Members of Parliament and the Liberal Party of Australia.
Senator Reynolds served for 29 years in the Australian Army as a Reserve Officer in a wide range of part and full-time appointments. Senator Reynolds combines a wealth of political, academic and professional corporate experience, including:
- Chief of Staff to the Minister for Justice and Customs;
- Project Director with Raytheon Australia;
- Deputy Federal Director of the Liberal Party of Australia;
- Commanding Officer of a Combat Service Support Battalion; and
- Adjutant General of Army, the Chief of Army’s key governance advisor. (Source: Defence Connect)
27 Feb 19. BAE Systems will sponsor a new, nation-wide annual scholarship and internship program to enhance opportunities for high school seniors that plan to seek a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The BAE Systems FIRST® Robotics Scholarship and Internship Program will grant a total of $40,000 in scholarships to eight students that are pursuing an undergraduate degree in a technology or engineering field. As part of the scholarship, students will also be awarded a paid summer internship at BAE Systems.
“Our involvement with FIRST enables us to recruit high-potential students that pursue STEM degrees and careers,” said Lisa Aucoin, vice president of engineering at BAE Systems. “The scholarship program allows us to invest in these students, not only monetarily, but also through the internship experience, creating a vital talent pipeline for our business.”
Traditional scholarship programs provide funding to new students each year and are often in the form of a single grant. The BAE Systems FIRST Scholarship Program grants $5,000 scholarships to new students each year, but breaks the funds into increments that span the course of four years. This unique format allows BAE Systems to support the development of the students and invest in their education each year as they work toward a degree.
The program also supports students outside of the classroom, as each scholarship includes a paid internship at the company. The three-month summer internship offers hands-on experience to work on projects and programs with a leading technology company.
“BAE Systems continues to help inspire the next generation of our nation’s scientists, engineers, technicians and mathematicians with its support of FIRST,” said Donald E. Bossi, president of FIRST. “This scholarship program only builds on that support, as it will open doors for young people to develop the skills they need to be innovators, leaders, and creative problem solvers to make the world a better place.”
The scholarships are awarded annually in May to those that have been on a FIRST Robotics Competition or FIRST Tech Challenge team sponsored by the company’s Electronic Systems sector within the past two years. The participants are selected in geographical areas where BAE Systems has a significant presence: Nashua, New Hampshire; Burlington, Massachusetts; Endicott, New York; San Diego, California; Totowa, New Jersey; Greenlawn, New York; Manassas, Virginia; Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Austin, Texas, and will be administered by Scholarship America®.
The launch of the BAE Systems FIRST Scholarship Program marks the 50-year anniversary of the historic first lunar landing. Much like this historic moment, the company hopes its support will inspire a new generation to dream up the next giant leap in space discovery. This commitment helps pave the way for students to learn how to invent, work together, and engineer – all skills used to innovate for a better tomorrow.
The BAE Systems FIRST Scholarship Program is the latest in a long line of company support for FIRST, which began more than 25 years ago. Since then, the company has donated more than $9m to FIRST teams and events and it sponsors over 160 teams across the country. BAE Systems also works with FIRST to help fuel its talent pipeline, as more than 30 percent of its college new hires have experience with the organization.
FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology – is a national organization that has a mission to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Founded in 1989, the organization designs mentor-based research and robotics programs that help to build skills in the science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines. Students interested in a scholarship can apply or learn more online. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
26 Feb 19. Naval Group strengthens Franco-Australian collaboration with the naval and maritime domain. Naval Group, in collaboration with 14 partners from industry, the University sector, Research and Development (R&D) institutes and Government have committed to creating a core team to establish a technological research platform in Australia dedicated to open innovation in the naval and maritime domain.
All 15 parties will now work together to establish the terms of reference and governance rules for the research platform, to be known as the OzCean Technocampus, along with the scientific strategy plan before the end of the year.
“Through the OzCean Technocampus, Naval Group plans to develop our Research and Development footprint in Australia in co-operation with French and Australian academics, research centres, and Small and Medium Enterprises,” said François Duthoit, VP International R&D cooperation, Naval Group. “
“This move represents a concrete step in achieving a powerful ambition for Naval Group: making innovation a driving force for its development, in France and internationally,” said Mr Duthoit.
Naval Group experts involved in the OzCean Technocampus will conduct non-destructive testing, materials studies including corrosion and antifouling, computing and simulations.
They will also be involved in the training and education programs required to support the development of the Australian naval industry from vocational to higher education.
Naval Group will also use the OzCean Technocampus to transfer, develop, and maintain R&D related products to benefit multiple sectors, including the maritime sector, oil and gas, energy, health monitoring, autopilots and dynamic positioning, ship stabilisation, unmanned systems technologies, and maritime security.
The 15 organisations include Defence SA, the New South Wales Government, the Victorian Government, Defence Innovation Network (NSW), The University of South Australia, The University of Adelaide, Flinders University, The University of Tasmania, The University of Technology Sydney, Deakin University, The University of Sydney, The University of New South Wales, The University of Melbourne, ASC and Naval Group.
26 Feb 19. Thales’s recruitment drive continues apace. Since 2016, Thales has hired 5,000 to 6,000 people a year. And in 2019, the company’s recruitment drive continues apace, with 5,500 new jobs created worldwide, including 2,500 in France. In 2019, Europe’s largest technology company is focusing on digital security to help invent the world of tomorrow — a world of autonomous systems and smart interconnected sensors. Thales will be recruiting all around the world, mainly in France with new jobs in all parts of the country, but also in Europe (United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands), Australia, Southeast Asia, India, the United States and Canada. About 70% of new hires will be engineers and managers to work in R&D, manufacturing, customer service and bid and project management. Thales is especially keen to attract experts in the four key digital technologies, with 400 jobs in cybersecurity and 200 in artificial intelligence. There will also be openings for technicians in industrial operations, including supply chain and lean manufacturing.
In terms of backgrounds and profiles, Thales places great emphasis on diversity and inclusion, which we believe is an important driver of creativity. The company is also keen to employ young people and each year our teams are joined by 2,000 interns, 1,800 students on work-study placements, 100 VIE international volunteers in business and 200 PhD students. In the list of Top 500 Employers 2019 published this month by French magazine Capital, Thales is ranked fourth, with a special mention for our dynamic HR policy and focus on mentoring, fablabs and hackathons.
26 Feb 19. Domitilla Benigni, COO of Elettronica Group, a leader group in the defense market with a subsidiary focused on Cyber intelligence and Cyber security named Cy4gate – has joined, as a founding member, the Woman4Cyber initiative. The project, launched by the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO), has the aim to develop a concrete agenda to meet the growing demand for cyber security professionals in Europe. This spirit of inclusiveness has driven ECSO to consider the role and participation of women in the cyber security field which is increasingly becoming an important political, economic and societal challenge.
28 Feb 19. Boeing [NYSE: BA] today named Anne Toulouse as senior vice president of Communications, leading the company’s global communications and brand activities. Toulouse, 60, has served as interim senior vice president of Communications since September 2018. Effective immediately, she continues in the role on a permanent basis, leading the organization responsible for media relations, brand development and management, digital, advertising, in-house creative services, and executive and employee communications. Toulouse will continue reporting to Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg and serve on the company’s Executive Council. Prior to her current assignment, Toulouse led Boeing’s global brand-building programs designed to help position the company for growth in its second century. Responsibilities included the company’s brand strategy, global advertising, sponsorships, the Boeing Store, the in-house creative team, historical archives and corporate identity. Toulouse has also held a number of other Boeing positions including vice president of Employee Communications, Business Operations and Corporate Identity and Advertising. Toulouse joined Boeing in 1989 as a media relations manager in Huntington Beach, Calif., at what was then McDonnell Douglas. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. She is also the executive sponsor and ally of the Chicago Boeing Employees Pride Alliance.
26 Feb 19. The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] board of directors has nominated Nikki Randhawa Haley to be elected as a director at the company’s annual meeting of shareholders on April 29. Haley is the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, the first female governor of South Carolina, and a three-term legislator in the South Carolina House of Representatives.
“Ambassador Haley brings to Boeing an outstanding record of achievement in government, industry partnership, and successfully driving economic prosperity for communities in America and around the world,” said Boeing Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg. “Boeing will benefit greatly from her broad perspectives and combined diplomatic, government and business experience to help achieve our aspiration to be the best in aerospace and a global industrial champion.”
Ambassador Haley, 47, graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She was first elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004, serving three terms before being elected Governor of the state between 2011 and 2017. Haley was appointed U.S. ambassador to the United Nations by President Trump in January 2017, serving until December 2018.
REST OF THE WORLD APPOINTMENTS
28 Feb 19. Former astronaut appointed to Myriota’s board. Myriota has appointed former NASA astronaut and ex-deputy director of DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office, Pamela Melroy, to its board as a non-executive director. Melroy enjoyed a hugely successful career at NASA where she logged over 924 hours in space during three missions to help build the International Space Station (ISS). A former US Air Force test pilot, Melroy is also one of only two women to command a space shuttle, after being selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in 1994. (Source: Space Connect)