09 Oct 19. Maxar Opens New Facility in St. Louis to Support Growth in U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Programs. Maxar Technologies (NYSE:MAXR) (TSX:MAXR), a trusted partner and innovator in Earth Intelligence and Space Infrastructure, today announced that it will open a new facility in St. Louis, Missouri, to support growth in several U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) programs.
The facility will be located in the historic Globe Building, in the heart of downtown St. Louis. Maxar expects 48 employees to initially staff the facility, most of whom are new hires that will support the NGA’s Global EGD, Janus Geography and SBIR Phase III contracts. St. Louis is the Midwest geospatial hub of the United States in part due to its proximity to the National Geospatial and Intelligence Center West facility, the T-REX Geospatial Resource and Innovation Center and several other commercial GEOINT companies.
“The establishment of our cutting-edge facility in St. Louis is a strong reflection of Maxar’s commitment to unlocking the power of geospatial data for our customers,” said Tony Frazier, Maxar’s Executive Vice President of Global Field Operations. “This new facility will provide our customers with easier access to better geospatial products and insights for success across the breadth of defense and intelligence missions.”
The operations of DigitalGlobe, SSL (Space Systems Loral) and Radiant Solutions were unified under the Maxar brand in February; MDA continues to operate as an independent business unit within the Maxar organization. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
10 Oct 19. Quickstep launches new Sydney-based facility. Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price have officially launched Australian-based Quickstep Holding’s new flare housing manufacturing facility at its Bankstown site.
Quickstep’s new flare housing project has established a state-of-the-art facility for the manufacturing of composite housings for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft’s countermeasure flares, which form an essential part of the aircraft’s defensive capability.
Mark Burgess, CEO and managing director of Quickstep, said, “This exciting new project has seen the further development of our world-class advanced manufacturing capabilities here at Bankstown Airport. We applied advanced tooling, robotics and process engineering skills to develop this facility, which will competitively position Quickstep to secure more F-35 work and other defence and aerospace projects in the future.”
Quickstep said it is pleased to partner with Chemring Australia for the supply of countermeasure flare housings. This partnership represents an evolution of Quickstep’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program work – from the production of composite parts, including fuselage components and vertical tail parts, to the manufacturing of consumable flare housings.
This capability highlights Quickstep’s increasingly important contribution to Australia’s sovereign defence industrial base and the world’s largest military aerospace program.
Prime Minister Morrison welcomed the achievements of Quickstep and growth in capacity and recognition of Australia’s defence industry, saying, “This really is an amazing success story for Australia, in seven years Quickstep has gone from a WA start-up, to a business that now employs 230 people.
“So to everybody at Quickstep, this really is a tremendous day for you. I know you’re enormously proud and what you’ve been able to achieve, and talking to your staff and those who’ve been involved in this project are rightly feeling pretty pumped, I think, about what you’ve been able to do here.”
Quickstep said it is proud to be a part of the Australian industrial base and will continue to work with the Australian government and its industry partners to ensure that Australia’s national security and future prosperity is safeguarded now and into the future.
Quickstep is an aerospace composites manufacturer grown, owned and operated in Australia. Quickstep is Australia’s largest independent aerospace-grade advanced composite manufacturer. It is a global provider of advanced composite solutions to the aerospace, defence, automotive and other advanced manufacturing sectors.
Quickstep partners with some of the world’s largest defence organisations, including Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and Boeing Defense, and is a major supplier to the global F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. (Source: Defence Connect)
07 Oct 19. Brazil to open its new Antarctic research station in January 2020. The Brazilian Navy will inaugurate its new 4,500 m² Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station (EACF) in January 2020, the head of the Navy Programs Management Directorate (DGePM), Vice Admiral Petronio Augusto Siqueira de Aguiar, said earlier this month.
Vice Adm Petronio released the details about the station on 2 October during a presentation on the navy’s modernisation programs to the Committee on Foreign Relations and National Defense (CREDN) of the Chamber of Deputies.
The modular research facility, located in King George Island in the Keller Peninsula, has been rebuilt according to a contract won by China National Electronics Import and Export Corporation (CEIEC), as part of a larger deal signed on 31 August 2015. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
08 Oct 19. CAE begins building new US HQ. CAE USA, a subsidiary of Canada-based CAE, held a ground-breaking ceremony on 4 October for its new US headquarters at Tampa International Airport in Florida.
The 27,000 m 2 complex is scheduled to open in 2022 and house more than 600 employees, according to CAE, which supplies training systems and services to the US Department of Defense and other armed forces.
“This will provide our employees with a modern facility that will help us attract and retain the world-class workforce we need to develop advanced training solutions that enhance the mission readiness of the men and women in our defence forces,” said Ray Duquette, president and general manager of CAE USA.
CAE, which employs more than 500 people in the Tampa area, expects to add 100 jobs at the new facility in areas such as computer and software engineering, programme management, training instruction, and corporate functions. CAE will lease the complex from Space Florida, a state agency that promotes aerospace economic development. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
10 Oct 19. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Fincantieri Marinette Marine marked the beginning of construction on Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 27, the future USS Nantucket, with a ceremony in Marinette. As part of a ship-building tradition dating back centuries, a shipyard worker welded the initials of Polly Spencer, USS Nantucket ship sponsor and wife of U.S. Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer, into the ship’s keel plate. This plate will be affixed to the ship and travel with Nantucket throughout its commissioned life.
“The USS Nantucket will confront many complex challenges,” said Richard V. Spencer, the U.S. Secretary of the Navy. “It will confront humanitarian relief all the way to great power competition, drawing on the strength of every weld, every rivet applied by the great people here.”
Unique among combat ships, the focused-mission LCS is designed to support mine countermeasures, anti-submarine and surface warfare missions today and is easily adapted to serve future and evolving missions tomorrow. The Freedom-variant LCS is:
- Flexible — Forty percent of the hull is easily reconfigurable, able to integrate Longbow Hellfire Missiles, 30 mm guns, and manned and unmanned vehicles designed to meet today’s and tomorrow’s missions.
- Lethal — LCS is standard equipped with Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) and a Mark 110 gun, capable of firing 220 rounds per minute.
- Fast — LCS is capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots.
- Automated — LCS has the most efficient staffing of any combat ship.
“LCS’ built-in flexibility makes it unlike any other Navy ship in the water today,” said Joe DePietro, vice president and general manager of Small Combatants and Ship Systems. “LCS can serve a multitude of missions to include surface, anti-submarine and mine countermeasure missions by quickly integrating mission equipment and deploying manned and unmanned aerial, surface or sub-surface vehicles.”
LCS 27 is the first Navy ship to be named after Nantucket, Massachusetts in more than 150 years. Nantucket has a deep connection to sailing and maritime traditions, serving as a whaling hub in the 1800s and as the home of generations of American sailors since the town’s beginning. The previous USS Nantucket, the first to be named after the island, was commissioned in 1862 to serve during the American Civil War.
“I have been given a very special honor in being the sponsor of the future USS Nantucket. I am happy she is being built here in Marinette, Wisconsin, which has an impressive history of shipbuilding,” said Polly Spencer, LCS 27 sponsor. “Thank you to all the talented people who are bringing this ship to life… it is going to be an amazing journey that I am thrilled to be on.”
LCS 27 will be the 14th Freedom-variant LCS and will join a class of more than 30 ships. It is one of six ships in various stages of construction and test at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard.
“We are very excited to begin construction of the future USS Nantucket,” said Jan Allman, CEO of Fincantieri Marinette Marine. “Our men and women are proud to put their efforts into giving the Navy versatile ships to keep our country and its interests safe.”
08 Oct 19. Australia progresses crew workflow design for Attack class. Key Points:
- Lockheed Martin Australia is employing a proprietary modelling software to design workspaces on board the Attack-class submarines
- The software will assist in flagging potential areas where crew overload could occur under various operational scenarios
Lockheed Martin Australia has completed the systems definition review (SDR) phase for the Attack-class submarine programme and is making progress on modelling tasks work for crew workspaces on board the vessel.
To assist in the design of these workspaces, the company has employed a proprietary modelling software known as control room analysis and verification tool (CRAVT), which highlights potential issues in proposed layouts, including crew overload and communication issues.
This tool has been employed in addition to physical mock-up workstations, which have been built to simulate work conditions that take place under various mission scenarios, said Dr John Towers, human integration systems lead for the Attack-class submarine at Lockheed Martin Australia.
“Operators on the Attack class will be handling a lot more data and information compared to the crew on the previous class of submarines,” said Towers in an interview with Jane’s at the Pacific 2019 maritime exposition in Sydney. “As such, the workflow design will have to take into account tasks that need to be automated and tasks where we still require a human in the loop.”
“We also have a variety of new roles and workflows that may not have existed on the Collins class, but will be present on the Attack class due to new sensors and equipment present,” said Towers.
CRAVT is able to emulate different mission sets associated with submarine operations, including surveillance and intelligence gathering, escort operations, and sea denial operations. The software then generates the expected amount of work, including onboard conversations, radio communications, and data crunching, that can be expected from each operator console based on these mission sets. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
08 Oct 19. Austal unveils proposal for Philippine OPV programme. Key Points:
- Austal has provided more details of its proposal for the Philippine Navy’s offshore patrol vessel procurement programme
- The company is hopeful that the programme will be exempted from a ban on aid from countries that supported an inquiry into President Duterte’s war on drugs
Australian shipbuilder Austal has unveiled its proposal for the Philippine Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Acquisition Project.
A model of this proposal is being showcased at the Pacific 2019 International Maritime Exposition, which runs from 8 to 10 October in Sydney, Australia.
The OPV Acquisition Project is one of the programmes that have been identified as a priority under Horizon 2 of the Philippine Navy’s component in the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Programme (RAFPMP).
The country has a requirement for an initial batch of six ships, and an acquisition sum of PHP30bn (USD577m) was approved by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in June 2018.
Negotiations for a government-to-government contract are in progress, with Canberra looking at the possibility of funding the procurement via Export Finance Australia, said an Austal representative who spoke to Jane’s at Pacific 2019. According to information provided by Austal, its proposal, which derives its design from the Cape-class patrol vessel, has an overall length of 83.4m, an overall moulded beam of 13.3 m, and a hull draft of 4m. To augment its interdiction capabilities, the OPV can embark up to two 7m rigid-hull inflatable boats via davits located on the port and starboard sides. Powered by two Caterpillar C280-16 engines driving two fixed-pitch propellers via two Reintjes LAF 5465 SISO gearboxes, the OPV can reach a top speed of 22 kt at 85% of maximum continuous rating (MCR) and attain ranges in excess of 3,500n miles at 12kt. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
04 Oct 19. US Navy revives Submarine Group 2. The US Navy recently re-established Commander, Submarine Group (SUBGRU) 2 in Norfolk, Virginia. Disestablished in August 2014, SUBGRU 2 was re-established on 30 September as part of the nation’s “response to the reemergence of great power competition”, USN officials said. Specifically, USN officials said, SUBGRU 2’s revival is aimed at “enhancing the navy’s capacity to command and control its undersea warfare forces seamlessly across the entire Atlantic area, from the eastern seaboard of the United States to the Barents Sea, and even into the Southern Atlantic, if the need arises”.
Last year, in another effort to accommodate great power competition – particularly against Russian forces, the US 2nd Fleet was also re-established. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
04 Oct 19. SAMINavantia lays keel for first Avante 2200 corvette for Saudi Navy. SAMI Navantia Naval Industries (SAMINavantia) has laid keel on the first Avante 2200 corvette for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF). The official keel-laying ceremony for the corvette was held in Cadiz, Spain. SAMINavantia is a joint venture (JV) between state-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and Spanish shipbuilder Navantia. The companies formed the JV last year to design and construct five Avante 2200 corvettes for RSNF. All five vessels are being built at Navantia’s San Fernando shipyard. The navy is expected to receive the corvettes by 2023.
SAMI CEO Dr Andreas Schwer said: “Today’s event marks a major milestone in our collaboration with Navantia as we endeavour to further strengthen the Royal Saudi Naval Forces’ outstanding maritime capabilities through the manufacture of these five state-of-the-art vessels.
“This project represents a proof of concept for His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s vision for the localisation of 50% of military equipment spending by 2030.
“By working together, SAMI and Navantia will boost the local content through the creation of thousands of highly skilled jobs in Saudi Arabia, accelerate the transfer of technology, and contribute to the Kingdom’s ambitious goals of building the indigenous military and defence industries.”
The programme includes life cycle support for five years. It has an option to extend the support for an additional five years.
Last month, SAMINavantia reached a €900m contract with Navantia to provide Combat System Integration (CSI) and installation.
The agreement also covers system engineering and architecture, software development, testing and verification, hardware design, and prototyping, simulation and modelling. The JV will also provide logistical support and training. Over the course of the five year period, the project will generate 1,100 direct jobs and more than 3,000 indirect jobs. The JV will deliver the last two vessels in the class within Saudi Arabia. The Avante 2200 corvette is a multirole vessel that can support surveillance and maritime control, as well as search and rescue missions. (Source: naval-technology.com)
08 Oct 19. Airbus rolls out fully liveried C295W FWSAR for Canada. Airbus Defence and Space (DS) rolled out the first of 16 C295W aircraft that Canada is acquiring to fulfil its Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) requirement on 8 October. The twin-turboprop, to be designated CC-295 in Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) service, was presented for the first time in its distinctive, high-visibility colour scheme at Airbus’ production facility in Seville, Spain. The RCAF is acquiring the C295W to replace its fleet of six ageing de Havilland Canada (CC-115 in RCAF service) Buffalo and 13 Lockheed Martin C-130E (CC-130E) Hercules in the FWSAR role. The first aircraft is due to be delivered in Spain in the coming months; another six aircraft are either completing flight tests or in various stages of final assembly; and seven simulators and training devices are starting up preliminary acceptance tests. Once operational, the chosen platform will be flown by a mixture of military and civilian crews out of Comox, British Columbia; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Trenton, Ontario; and Greenwood, Nova Scotia. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
08 Oct 19. USAF reactivates 420th Flight Test Squadron for B-21 Raider testing. The US Air Force (USAF) has reactivated 420th Flight Test Squadron (FLTS) to support testing of the B-21 Raider stealth bomber aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The squadron was reactivated following an ‘assumption of command ceremony’ at the AFB. It will be responsible for planning, testing, analysing and reporting on all flight and ground testing of the B-21 Raider bomber. Organised under the 412th Test Wing, the 420 FLTS will help ensure the asymmetric capability is delivered to troops.
Speaking at the Air Force Association Conference last month, USAF Acting Secretary Matthew Donovan said: “The first flight of the Raider will take it from Palmdale to Edwards AFB, where the legacy of excellence will continue with the reactivation of the 420th Flight Test Squadron.”
Under development by Northrop Grumman, the B-21 will deliver a highly survivable, next-generation bomber capability to the USAF.
The B-21 bomber is intended to replace B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit aircraft at three bomber bases.
The aircraft will be able to penetrate modern air defences.
Matthew Donovan announced that Northrop Grumman is building the aircraft in Palmdale, California. The 420th FLTS at Edwards previously supported the developmental testing of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. The aircraft arrived for testing by the squadron from Northrop Grumman’s production facility in Palmdale in July 1989. The Palmdale facility also produces the USAF’s B-2 Spirit bomber. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
07 Oct 19. The V-22 fleet of tiltrotor aircraft built by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Boeing [NYSE: BA] has topped the 500,000 flight hour milestone. More than 375 Ospreys logged the hours, including the U.S. Air Force CV-22 and the U.S. Marine Corps MV-22.
“The V-22 provides unmatched capability for the U.S. Marines and U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command,” said U.S. Marine Corps Col. Matthew Kelly, V-22 Joint Program Manager. “The platform’s influence on our nation’s defense is seen through its extensive operational and humanitarian impact across the globe.”
The V-22 Osprey is the world’s only production tiltrotor aircraft, enabling servicemen and women to conduct diverse missions throughout the most difficult operating environments. Most recently, the aircraft deployed to assist relief efforts in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian.
“Since delivery of the first V-22 aircraft, Bell Boeing has ensured that our men and women in uniform have this indispensable asset available to protect heroes and save lives,” said Kristin Houston, vice president, Boeing Tiltrotor Programs and director, Bell Boeing V-22 Program.
Bell Boeing supports V-22 readiness through a comprehensive sustainment effort that includes maintenance, training, on-site field representatives and data analytics. Bell Boeing is also working with the V-22 program office on several efforts to improve V-22 readiness. The Marines’ Common Configuration Readiness and Modernization program (CC-RAM), the Air Force’s configuration reducing modification plan, and nacelle wiring and structure improvements are expected to increase readiness of the V-22 fleet.
“V-22 is one of the highest demand platforms in the Department of Defense. This achievement is a great testament to the Marines and Air Commandos operating this platform in all environments,” said Chris Gehler, Bell V-22 Vice President and Bell Boeing deputy program director. “We are committed to providing unparalleled support to our partners by steadily improving Osprey readiness and capabilities now and in the future.”
Since 2007, the V-22 has continuously served the Marines and Navy, as well as Air Force Special Operations. A third variant, the CMV-22, is scheduled to join the U.S. Navy fleet in 2020.
07 Oct 19. The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has completed the certification flight test for the simultaneous dispatch of 80 (40+40) equipped paratroopers from both side doors on a single pass. Tests were performed in coordination with the French Armament General Directorate (DGA) together with French and Belgian Armed Forces.
The flight test campaign, performed in the Ger Azet drop zone in southern France during daylight, also successfully completed the certification flight test to support the deployment of 58 paratroopers from one side door, the A400M’s maximum dispatch capacity from a single door.
These major milestones conclude the certification test phase of the paratroop dispatch capability of the A400M, pending on the completion of certification activities in the first half of 2020, and paving the way for the simultaneous deployment of up to 116 paratroopers and the certification for mixed operations. After 9 flights and 564 jumps, the completion of the test campaign concludes a very complex exercise built together with the A400M Customer Nations around the confidence in the aircraft and the highest safety requirements.
PLANT CLOSURES, JOB LOSSES AND STRIKES
06 Oct 19. US Navy retires ‘classic’ Hornets from frontline service. The US Navy (USN) has retired from active service its fleet of Boeing F/A-18A-D Hornet combat aircraft, announcing on 2 October that the final flight took place out of Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana, Virginia. The retirement of the ‘classic’ Hornets brings to an end 35 years of frontline service with the USN, and comes just over a year since the service performed its final carrier deployment of the type earlier in 2018. However, while the Hornet has been retired from the USN’s active unit inventory, it will remain operational with the Navy Reserve, the Blue Angels display team, and the US Marine Corps (USMC). (Source: IHS Jane’s)
10 Oct 19. New applications of advanced technologies in the shipyard will be the focus of a major partnership between Naval Group and Flinders University in Adelaide. In support of Naval Group’s Digital Shipyard vision, Flinders will conduct a range of research trials including applications of mobile machining robots and exoskeleton technologies, providing assistive manufacturing capabilities in shipbuilding for improved quality, safety and productivity.
Francois Romanet, CEO of Naval Group Pacific and Professor Colin Stirling, Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University welcomed the partnership saying that this ground-breaking ‘Industry 4.0’ research program will help to establish a world leading advanced manufacturing capability at the Osborne shipyard in South Australia.
“The establishment of this partnership with Flinders University is part of our commitment to ensuring shipyards are able to access the early deployment of the most advanced digital and advanced manufacturing technologies available”, said Francois Romanet.
Professor Stirling said, “This new collaboration builds on our existing research and education program with Naval Group in the fast emerging field of autonomous maritime vehicles, announced earlier this year. Our research team at the Australian Industrial Transformation Institute and the College of Science and Engineering will work closely with Naval Group to test and evaluate technologies for potential application in the shipyard”, said Professor Stirling.
Flinders is a national leader in the development and application of i4.0 advanced technologies which are transforming manufacturing through automated systems including robotics, cobotics, and digitally assisted assembly. Naval Group Pacific, the Sydney-based subsidiary of the group, leverages the dynamic R&D policy of its parent company to solve some of the local defence industry’s most critical challenges. Naval Group Pacific and Flinders University are both members of the Australian Maritime Development Centre (AMDC) launched earlier this week.
10 Oct 19. Signature of MoU between Naval Group Pacific and MacTaggart Scott. Naval Group and MacTaggart Scott Australia (MTSA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding during PACIFIC 2019 in the frame of Naval Group Pacific countermeasures projects in Australia. Naval Group and MacTaggart Scott Australia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the Pacific Maritime Exposition 2019. MacTaggart Scott, a first class industry player in Australia, has been pre-selected by Naval Group Pacific to maximise Australian Industry Capability and to enlarge the Naval Group’s Defence Technological and Industrial Base (DTIB) in the country. The cooperation between Naval Group Pacific and MacTaggart Scott is aimed at entrusting MTSA with the fabrication of equipment composing countermeasures and/or its associated launching system. It is one of nine MoU related to countermeasures signed by Naval Group Pacific in Australia.
Naval Group Pacific is proposing a breakthrough in anti-torpedo countermeasures for Australian submarines and surface ships programs (SEA 1000 Australian Future Submarine, SEA 5000 Hunter-Class Frigates and SEA 4000, upgrade of Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer) with CANTO®, the latest countermeasure generation based on Dilution/Confusion multi-effects. This anti-torpedo system, fitted with its associated reaction module, CONTRALTO® is already in service in the French Navy and in several blue-water navies.
04 Oct 19. South Australia launches plan to build the defence industry workforce of the future. The South Australian government has taken a critical step in preparing South Australians for future jobs in the defence industry with the public release of the state’s defence industry workforce and skills strategy. The South Australian Defence Industry Workforce and Skills Strategy 2018-2022 focuses on vocational skills and training, and provides a clear and co-ordinated approach to building a skilled workforce to maximise the job opportunities stemming from naval shipbuilding projects being undertaken in the state.
An integrated project team, led by Defence SA with representatives from the Department for Innovation and Skills, Department for Education and TAFE SA, developed the strategy and is now implementing the action plan.
The strategy drives stronger collaboration between the South Australian government, the Australian government, industry and the education and training sectors to understand workforce requirements and deliver secondary and vocational training that meets the current and future needs of the defence industry and will ensure South Australia has a workforce with the right skills and qualifications to meet the future demands of our defence industry. South Australia is embarking on some of the most significant Defence projects in Australia’s history, including the delivery of the $90bn naval shipbuilding program and projects in cyber and systems, electronic warfare and big data. Defence SA chief executive Richard Price said the team has been implementing the actions of the strategy since 2018.
“By working more collaboratively with the Australian government, industry, training providers and universities, we can better promote awareness and career pathways in defence industry,” Price said.
“We are focused on meeting the needs of defence industry by ensuring our students, apprentices and existing workers develop and maintain the trade, technical, science and technology skills that will be needed for shipbuilding at all stages of their careers.”
The strategy’s key strategic objectives include:
- Collaborate with the Australian government and industry stakeholders to develop a fit for purpose defence industry workforce for current and future defence projects;
- Build world-class capability across the education and training system to deliver graduates with the skills demanded by the defence industry; and
- Work with the defence industry to co-design and co-invest in building workforce capability in the state.
To view the strategy, visit herehttps://www.defencesa.com/industry/workforce-deve/defence-industry-workforce-skills-strategy?utm_source=defencesa&utm_medium=Defence%20Connect&utm_campaign=Defence%20industry%20Workforce%20and%20Skills (Source: Defence Connect)
08 Oct 19. Odgers Berndtson hires head of aerospace, defense & national security practice. Executive search firm Odgers Berndtson has announced it has hired Jon Barney as a partner and the head of its Aerospace, Defense & National Security Practice, the company said. Barney, who has more than 20 years of executive search, leadership development and management consulting experience, will be based in Odgers Berndtson´s Washington DC, office. The newly formed practice builds on the firm´s existing relationships in the Industrial, Aviation, Technology, and Government sectors and broadens its global reach. In leading the practice, Barney will bring to bear his deep industry expertise to address the most pressing strategic talent requirements facing senior leaders in the global aerospace, defense and national security sector. Barney will lead the expansion of the business and build on the reputation and expertise of the well-regarded Odgers Berndtson Aerospace, Defence & National Security Practice in London, led by Clare Glackin. Before joining Odgers Berndtson, Barney was a Senior Partner at another global executive search firm where he advised Aerospace and Defense clients. Odgers Berndtson has delivered executive search, leadership assessment, and development strategies to the world´s biggest and best organizations. Odgers Berndtson´s 250+ partners cover more than 50 sectors and operate out of 59 offices in 29 countries. (Source: Google/https://financial-news.co.uk/)