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09 May 19. Chatsworth Products (CPI)—a provider of high-quality information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure products such as server racks, cable and power management, and electrical enclosures, announced the opening of its new Electronics & Software Technology Center, located in Round Rock, Texas. The state-of-the-art, 34,000 square foot facility will allow CPI to have a dedicated location for the research, development, testing and manufacturing of the company’s intelligent power management solutions.

“We’re aggressively investing in our Electronics and Software business unit to innovate industry-leading power solutions at competitive lead times to meet the scale-out demands of our customers’ IT infrastructure. The Electronics & Software Technology Center will provide the manufacturing footprint for CPI to support the anticipated growth rates over the next five years,” says Ted Behrens, CPI’s Executive Vice President of Global Engineering, Product Management and Marketing.

As of April 2019, CPI has relocated its Power Distribution Unit (PDU) manufacturing equipment from the Research and Development Technology (RD&T) Center in Georgetown, Texas, to the Electronics & Software Technology Center. Moving forward, CPI’s power and electronics engineering, operations and quality assurance teams will also work in the new Round Rock facility.

CPI’s work in power began in 1998, when the company moved forward with its mission to provide a complete solution to not only organize and store IT equipment, but also deliver reliable power to the equipment. Since then, CPI has been committed to providing advanced power products to solve critical data center applications.


09 May 19. US Navy names Arleigh Burke-class destroyer after Senator Sam Nunn. The US Navy has named its future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, DDG 133, in honour of former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn. Senator Nunn represented Georgia for more than 20 years between 1972 and 1997. Nunn was part of the US Coast Guard from 1959 to 1960 and remained in the Coast Guard Reserve before his entry to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1968.

US Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said: “Senator Nunn’s impact on the Navy and Marine Corps team cannot be overstated.

“His leadership in the Senate, specifically as the long-serving chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, helped streamline the military chain of command and strengthen our Navy and Marine Corps team. I am pleased that Senator Nunn’s legacy of service to our nation will continue in the future USS Sam Nunn.”

Huntington Ingalls Industries will build the future USS Sam Nunn at its facility in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

“Senator Nunn’s impact on the Navy and Marine Corps team cannot be overstated.”

The 509ft vessel will have a beam of 59ft and be able to travel at speeds of more than 30k. Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (DDG 51), which replaced the Charles F Adams-class, are designed to perform a range of operations from peacetime presence and crisis response to sea control and power projection. The navy will deploy DDG 133 to fight air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously. The vessel will be equipped with offensive and defensive weapons systems to support maritime warfare, including integrated air and missile defence and vertical launch capabilities. In December last year, the US Navy commissioned the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Thomas Hudner.  (Source: naval-technology.com)

03 May 19. Fourth Dreadnought Named HMS King George VI. The Royal Navy’s fourth Dreadnought-class submarine has been named as HMS King George VI. Ahead of a special service at Westminster Abbey today to recognise the Royal Navy’s Continuous-at-Sea-Deterrent (CASD) over the past 50 years, the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones, announced that HMS King George VI will now join HMS Dreadnought, Valiant and Warspite as the fourth Dreadnought submarine.

The First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones, said: “Today’s announcement that the fourth of our future ballistic missile submarine fleet will be named HMS King George VI follows a long tradition of naming capital ships after our country’s monarchs; together with her sisters Dreadnought, Valiant and Warspite these submarines represent the cutting edge of underwater capability and will meet the awesome challenge of continuous at sea deterrence into the second half of the 21st century.”

HMS King George VI makes history as it will become the first naval vessel to bear that royal title. King George VI had strong naval connections having spent time at the Royal Naval College, Osbourne followed by Dartmouth. He then went on to earn a mention in despatches for his service on HMS Collingwood during the Battle of Jutland.

It is estimated that around 30,000 people are involved in building and supporting nuclear submarines across the UK. Maintaining this skilled workforce helps to invest millions of pounds into local communities and ensures the UK continues to boast a highly-skilled workforce in this sector. (Source: Warfare.Today/U.K. MoD))

06 May 19. Launching of the Vela, the fourth Indian SCORPENE®-class submarine entirely made in India. On May 6th 2019, INS Vela, the fourth of P75 SCORPENE®-class submarine, totally built by Indian shipyard Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) through years of technology transfer and partnership with Naval Group was launched by Smt Veena Ajay Kumar, wife of Dr Ajay Kumar, IAS, Secretary Defence Production, Ministry of Defence.

After a series of remarkable events such as the commissioning of INS Kalvari in December 2017 and launching of the Karanj (the third submarine) in January 2018, the Vela submarine is the fourth of the series of the Scorpene®-class submarine ordered by India in 2005 to be launched. After this launch, the trained and skilled MDL team will undertake the integration of the equipment and machinery onboard, right before the beginning of the sea trials.

This event highlights the success of indigenous submarines construction programme of the Government of India. These submarines have been completely built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) through technology transfer and partnership with Naval Group, in line with Indian Government’s “Make in India” policy. This series of six submarines have been fitted with a number of equipment, built in India by qualified and highly trained industrial MSMEs which form the sound base of submarine building ecosystem of India.

“Naval Group is proud to reiterate its long – term commitment to India. The P75 program is the key element of the strategic partnership built in domain of submarine building, over the last decades between India and France . This launch represents a new milestone for this unique and one of a kind industrial program and illustrate s the self – reliance of Indian Navy”, emphasised by Massi Begous, SVP of the international industrial development at Naval Group.

P75 submarine program demonstrates the success of the large transfer of technology, given the complexity of building submarines along with a high indigenous content. By building upon and nurturing these know-how and skills in India, Naval Group is committed to significantly enhance the level of indigenisation in future projects of the Indian Navy supported by the Indian Government.


06 May 19. Iraq receives final F-16s. Iraq has received all of Lockheed Martin’s F-16IQ Fighting Falcon combat aircraft, with the last of 36 aircraft delivered to Balad Airbase on 3 May. The Iraqi Air Force (IqAF) procured 24 single-seat Block 50/52 F-16Cs and 12 twin-seat Block 50/52 F-16Ds, although two aircraft have been lost in training accidents in the United States and have not yet been replaced. Having ordered its F-16IQs in two batches of 18 aircraft during 2011 and 2012, the IqAF received its first one in late 2014. However, because of the critical security situation in the country at that time, Iraqi pilots and maintainers trained on their new aircraft alongside the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing at Tucson, Arizona. According to US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notifications of the F-16 sale, the aircraft are equipped with Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing Systems; conformal fuel tanks; Pratt & Whitney F100PW-229 or General Electric F110-GE-129 increased-performance engines; AN/APG-68(V)9 radar sets; AN/AAQ-33 Sniper or AN/AAQ-28 Litening targeting pods; F-9120 Advanced Airborne Reconnaissance Systems (AARS) or DB-110 reconnaissance pods; AN/ALQ-211 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suites or Advanced Countermeasures Electronic Systems (ACES); and AN/ALE-47 countermeasures dispensing systems.

Weapon systems listed by the DSCA comprise M61 20 mm Vulcan cannons, as well as 40,000 rounds of ammunition; AIM-9L/M-8/9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles; AIM-7M-F1/H Sparrow medium-range missiles; AGM-65D/G/H/K Maverick air-to-surface missiles; 500 lb (226.8 kg) GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bombs; 2,000 lb GBU-10 Paveway II laser-guided bombs; 2,000 lb GBU-24 Paveway III laser-guided bombs; and Mk 84 2,000 lb and Mk 82 500 lb general-purpose bombs. The F-16IQ’s first reported combat mission came in April 2018, with a raid being flown against Islamic State targets in Syria. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

08 May 19. Philippines receive Lynx Wildcats. The Philippines has received its two AgustaWestland AW159 Lynx Wildcat maritime helicopters from Leonardo’s Yeovil production facility in the United Kingdom. Delivery of the two anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) helicopters to the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) was confirmed to Jane’s by Leonardo on 8 May. The Philippine Navy selected the Lynx Wildcat to fulfil its ASW and ASuW helicopter requirement, with the 2016 order valued at PHP5.4bn (USD114m at the time). This included the two helicopters, munitions, mission equipment, and support. Once in Philippine Navy service, the helicopters are expected to be deployed aboard the navy’s Pilar- (Hamilton and Hero) class frigates, BRP Gregorio Del Pilar, and BRPRamon Alcaraz , which were acquired from the US Coast Guard in 2012 and 2013 respectively. (Source: IHS Jane’s)



09 May 19. Trump nominates Shanahan as next defense secretary. President Donald Trump has seen enough of Patrick Shanahan, and liked what he saw. After months of expectations, Shanahan, an industry veteran who was thrust into the Pentagon’s top spot after Jim Mattis resigned, is the president’s official pick as the next secretary of defense. In a statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Shanahan’s nomination was “based on his outstanding service to the country and his demonstrated ability to lead” the Defense Department. He has served as acting Defense Secretary since Jan. 1. Shanahan took to Twitter to thank the president for his confidence.

“If confirmed by the Senate, I will continue the aggressive implementation of our National Defense Strategy,” he wrote. “I remain committed to modernizing the force so our remarkable Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines have everything they need to keep our military lethal and our country safe.” (Source: Defense News)


07 May 19. USAF LG. Marshall B. Webb for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general, and assignment as commander, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.  Webb is currently serving as commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida.

07 May 19. USAF MG. David S. Nahom for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general, and assignment as deputy chief of staff, Plans And Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia.  Nahom is currently serving as director of programs, Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia.




09 May 19. NIDV welcomes two new employees. Two new employees recently started at the NIDV. Harry de Groot and Matthijs Olde. Harry de Groot started on 1 May as Business Development Manager for Information Technology Domain. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering (IT), worked for design and engineering bureaus before owning a company specialised in satellite technology. Matthijs Olde started on 2 April as Advisor in Politics, Projects and Communications. He holds a degree in Crisis and Security Management and has interned at the Dutch House of Parliament and Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands. (Source: NIDV Newsletter)

09 May 19. Theo Priestley takes up the role of chief marketing officer at WFS Technologies and is already lined up to speak at a number of key industry conferences including this month’s Digital Oilfield event in Aberdeen, and the International IoT and Digital Transformation for Oil & Gas conference to be held in Amsterdam in June. Widely recognised as a thought leader and evangelist on emerging technologies, Theo has written more than 100 articles for publications including WIRED, Forbes, Venturebeat, Huffington Post, The European, as well as provided commentary for BBC Radio and UK national television. He has also delivered keynote talks and chaired conferences across the world including USA, Peru, Australia, Dubai, Germany, UK, Sweden, China, Malta and South Africa on topics including IoT, smart cities, artificial intelligence (AI), big data and analytics, digital transformation, and augmented/virtual reality.


07 May 19. Avanti Communications Group plc (Avanti) announces Matt Child as Director of Government, Wholesale and Integrators. In the newly created role, Matt will report to Chief Operating Officer – Customer, Libby Barr. He will be responsible for overseeing the relationship between Avanti and its wholesale partners. Specifically, he will be focused on developing Government and Department of Defence relationships, in parallel with satellite partners and integrators. Matt joins Avanti from Eutelsat where he held the position of SVP Government Services before becoming Commercial Director for Eutelsat’s Quantum satellite program, the world’s first software defined satellite. Prior to joining Eutelsat, Matt was the Chief Executive Officer at Solaris Mobile Ltd, the joint venture MSS operator owned by SES and Eutelsat.

09 May 19. The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) announced that Frederick W. Smith, chairman and CEO of FedEx Corporation, has joined the CSIS Board of Trustees. After four years of service in the Marines, including two tours of duty in Vietnam, Smith launched the original air-ground Federal Express network, which began operations in 1973 to serve the rapidly growing high-tech/high value-added sectors of the economy he had predicted. The company has since grown into a $69bn global enterprise. Smith is responsible for providing strategic direction for all FedEx operating companies: FedEx Services (including FedEx Office), FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, and FedEx Freight. FedEx serves more than 220 countries and territories with operations that include 678 aircraft and over 150,000 vehicles. More than 450,000 team members worldwide currently handle more than 15 million shipments each business day.

09 May 19. Evan G. Greenberg Joins CSIS Board of Trustees. The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) announced that Evan G. Greenberg, chairman and chief executive officer of Chubb Limited and Chubb Group, has joined the CSIS Board of Trustees. Mr. Greenberg is chairman and chief executive officer of Chubb Limited and Chubb Group. Prior to ACE’s acquisition of Chubb in January 2016, Mr. Greenberg was chairman and chief executive officer of ACE Limited and ACE Group. He was elected president and chief executive officer in May 2004 and chairman of the Board of Directors in May 2007. Over the course of more than 40 years in the insurance industry, Mr. Greenberg has held various underwriting and management positions and gained significant insight in the global property, casualty, and life insurance sectors. Prior to joining ACE in 2001 as vice chairman, Mr. Greenberg spent 25 years at American International Group (AIG), where he served as president and chief operating officer from 1997 to 2000. Before that, he held a variety of senior management positions, including president and chief executive officer of AIU, AIG’s foreign general insurance organization, and chief executive officer of AIG Far East, based in Japan. Mr. Greenberg is chair of the US-China Business Council and vice chair of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Rockefeller University and the Board of Directors of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Mr. Greenberg serves by presidential appointment on the United States Trade Representative’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Atlantic Council’s International Advisory Board. Mr. Greenberg is an overseer of the International Rescue Committee.

30 Apr 19. Kepler Has a New Strategy Advisor to Business Units – he Comes from Inmarsat. Kepler Communications announces that former Chief Strategy Officer at Inmarsat, Patrick McDougal, joined the company this month as a strategy advisor to support its business units. Described as a veteran business strategist within the satellite telecommunications industry, McDougal has more than 30 years of senior experience working for global leaders in the sector such as Inmarsat (29 years) and Intelsat (4 years).  Before joining Kepler, McDougal was a member of the executive management team at Inmarsat where he led a number of initiatives including the acquisition of various companies, securing EU-wide spectrum licenses that advanced Inmarsat’s market strength, and global oversight of the company’s overall corporate business development efforts.  Mina Mitry, CEO of Kepler Communications said that are very happy to welcome Patrick to their team. The experience he has within the satellite industry is of great value to a company the age and size of Kepler, so they are excited to bring him onboard. With his substantial network and expertise, along with Kepler’s technology and talented team, they will further reinforce and grow their market position as they continue to develop new and exciting partnerships together.  (Source: Satnews)

29 Apr 19. Space & Satellite Professionals International’s New President of the Board, He’s Newtec’s CEO. There’s a new president of the Board of Directors of Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) who was appointed by by a vote of the Board of Directors. The new president, Thomas Van den Driessche is Chief Executive Officer of Newtec. Mr. Van den Driessche will work closely with Board Chairman David Myers, President of the Communications Sector for Peraton, to continue the growth of SSPI’s membership beyond traditional GEO communications into LEO, MEO, Earth observation, optical communications and on into a new era of the space economy, that will include a more global footprint. With hundreds of thousands of people working in member companies, the organization represents a USD 400bn market in 2018. The ambitious state of the industry was reflected by USD 7bn new capital injections in 2018 and is forecast to grow to a USD 1.1trn industry in the next 20 years. Other current board members represent Blue Origin, Boeing, CBS, Ericsson, Eutelsat, Globalstar, Hughes Network Systems, Kymeta, OneWeb, Planet, SES, SpaceX, Speedcast, SSL, the Spaceconnection, Viacom and Viasat. (Source: Satnews)


09 May 19. NIOA has announced the appointment of Randy Biddle as its new national compliance manager. Biddle has led the planning, development and implementation of compliance and regulatory management systems in the explosive industry, and is the current chairman of the Australian Explosives Industry and Safety Group (AEISG), having served in the role since 2016. He’s also an United Nations attendee representing the group in the transportation of dangerous goods. Biddle’s initial career was with the Australian Defence Force, where he worked with artillery and the storage of explosive ordnance and ammunition, and also as a technical trade supervisor in the avionics and technical field. Upon leaving the ADF, he worked as a weapons licensing officer in the Weapons Licensing Branch of Queensland Police Service (QPS), ensuring that new weapon laws and licensing was properly implemented. He then moved into the position of senior explosives licensing officer and acting manager at the Department Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI). Finally, Biddle worked as Asia-Pacific compliance and regulatory affairs manager at Dyno Nobel Asia Pacific, a role he has held since 2011. (Source: Defence Connect

07 May 19. Percepto Drones has announced the appointment of Ron Hoffman as its Australia country manager, to help “extend the footprint of its market leading autonomous industrial drone solution”. Percepto said that Hoffman will head up its team looking to grow market share in Australia, for the “most cost-effective, simple to use, artificial intelligence powered autonomous industrial drone solution” available in the country. (Source: Defence Connect)

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