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*Developing the technological roadmap and High Level Designs
*Working with the users to understand their requirements and identify any constraints *Determining technical requirements.
*Developing, architecting, and documenting Intermediate Level Design (ILD) infrastructure solutions *Working with stakeholders and the Solutions Team to develop, architect, and document technical patterns for common problems.
*Working with the Solution Engineers to ensure that the design intent is being realised.
*Conducting product assessments for all infrastructure hardware.
*A detailed understanding of infrastructure solution architectures *Solution design of secure hardware solutions, demonstrating successful delivery on complex, large scale programmes
*Delivering against high pressure timelines and in complex organisations.
*At least 3 years demonstrable experience of;
O Large scale SDDCs using the VMware technology stack
O Software Defined Storage technologies such as VMware vSAN
O Traditional storage arrays such as HPE MSA
O UPS technologies
O Commodity compute hardware such as HPE DL range
O Trust/Security Certificate Management using PKI in a virtual environment. *Advanced knowledge of hardware security, including:
o NCSC guidelines and security principles.
O CIS security benchmarking and hardening techniques.
*Currently hold, or working towards a professional certification in virtualisation eg VMware VCP-NV (VMware vCenter Certified Professional – Network Virtualisation)
*Excellent communication skills with diverse and adverse audiences
Please note that applicants must be eligible for DV clearance.
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05 Nov 20. BAE Systems Announces Modern Aerospace and Defense Facility Development Project in Cedar Rapids. BAE Systems is investing more than $100m to build a state-of-the-art facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The facility will support the company’s newly acquired Navigation & Sensor Systems business, which makes mission-critical military GPS products. The new building will bring the company’s local design and production employees from multiple locations into a single center of excellence with modern manufacturing, engineering, and office space.
“Our world-class military GPS business is built on the rich talent pool in Greater Cedar Rapids,” said John Watkins, vice president and general manager of Precision Strike & Sensing Solutions at BAE Systems. “This investment will provide our high-tech engineering and manufacturing experts with a world-class workspace and the tools to enhance operational excellence.”
The facility will improve operational efficiency, optimize production, and enhance the company’s ability to deliver high-quality military GPS products to the warfighter.
“We’re excited that BAE Systems has chosen to locate its new facility in Cedar Rapids and look forward to working with them on the project,” said Mayor Brad Hart. “By committing to build their new campus here, BAE Systems is advancing Cedar Rapids as a high-tech aerospace and defense hub, providing high-quality jobs and business opportunities, and initiating one of the largest capital investment projects in city history.”
At the heart of the project is a 278,000-square-foot, build-to-suit factory and research and development center that will be located on a 32-acre site at 7825 6th Street SW in Cedar Rapids. The building will include a large factory; several hundred offices, workstations, and flexible work spaces; and classified and unclassified labs. The building was designed for growth, with the ability to add 50,000 square feet of additional space in the future.
“BAE Systems is a first-class company, and we’re thrilled they chose Iowa and Cedar Rapids for this beautiful new facility,” said Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. “This project exemplifies our economic development strategy in Iowa, which is about focusing on innovation and attracting quality jobs that will raise the standard of living and create wealth for our state.”
The facility was designed by national architectural firm OPN Architects, Inc., and will be developed and built by Ryan Companies US, Inc., which began construction work in October 2020 and expects to finish the project in 2022. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
05 Nov 20. Cobham Mission Systems Expands Facilities at Royal Air Force Brize Norton. Aerospace air refuelling, life support systems leader to enhance rapid response to aircraft on ground through advanced Service Centre hub for Voyager’s fleet of A330s.
Cobham Mission Systems, the world leading supplier of aerospace critical control solutions, today announced the expansion of its facilities supporting the AirTanker consortium at Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. Cobham Mission Systems aims to increase the capability, speed and efficiency of its repair and return of parts operations. This supports the Voyager fleet of Airbus A330s, which provide state-of-the-art air-to-air refuelling, air transport and aero-medical evacuation capability for the Royal Air Force (RAF).
“Our team is thrilled to be advancing our Service Centre operations in the AirTanker facility at Brize Norton,” said Jonathan Connell, senior vice president general manager for Cobham Mission Systems in the UK. “This will allow us to enhance our team’s ability to more rapidly and cost effectively service and repair our equipment installed on the Voyager fleet, which is incredibly critical to the mission of the Royal Air Force. By bringing more of our technology and innovation expertise to benefit broader RAF operations, we’re doubling down on our commitment to helping secure the nation. Additionally, this move gives us a great way to open up more opportunities for repair and service operations through our Service Centre in Wimborne, which will continue to serve as our largest central repair and service hub in the UK.”
By opening more bandwidth of its service and repair team at Brize Norton, Cobham Mission Systems plans to boost service flow and support at its facilities in Wimborne. In total, a core fleet of ten Airbus A330 Voyager aircraft are supported by a team of designated workshop engineers across the two UK locations.
Cobham Mission Systems continues to invest heavily in further refined technologies, applications and solutions that may inspire future innovations for the aviation marketplace.
Since being awarded the contract in 2008, Cobham Mission Systems has been providing ongoing support to AirTanker and the Airbus A330 Voyager fleet located at the Brize Norton RAF base. Located about 75 miles north-west of London, Brize Norton is the largest RAF station. Cobham is a core part of the AirTanker team, who provide air transport and air-to-air refuelling capability.
Cobham Mission Systems provides the most trusted solutions in aerospace globally today, ranging from cutting edge, reliable air-to-air refuelling solutions that include modern tanker hose and drogue equipment, to modern and fully digital electric systems as well as advanced life support solutions. Now delivering fifth-generation hose and drogue designs, Cobham Mission Systems provides a comprehensive portfolio of air-to-air refuelling products that include wing pods, fuselage refuelling units, buddy-buddy refuelling and a range of refuelling probes. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
01 Nov 20. BMT launches Asia hub in Singapore. BMT consolidates offices to create a strategic Gateway in Asia, delivering value to existing customers and opening the door to new ventures and partnerships. This new hub in Singapore signals BMT’s intention to expand its regional footprint into more complex, emerging markets including Defence, Offshore Renewable Energy and Coastal Infrastructure
Today, leading international multi-disciplinary engineering, science, and technology company, BMT, announces the launch of its regional hub in Singapore.
BMT has chosen its Singapore office as the hub to help strengthen its regional presence in Asia to best support existing customers, exploit new venture opportunities and assist regional partners, leveraging its international network of offices, services, and products.
Singapore forms the heart of maritime in Asia and BMT is looking to replicate global success in the region. BMT in Asia continues to strengthen its offering in engineering and consultancy services for Offshore, Marine and Coastal Structures, both fixed and floating, Marine Navigational Safety and Emergency Response Risk Assessments, Investment and Advisory Support Services.
The new regional hub will support existing customer expansion, and align technology and institutional readiness, as shipbuilding companies, ship owners and operators look for a next-generation consulting partner to help them scale internationally and deliver superior value.
BMT is recognised as the ‘tech behind the tech’, having launched maritime innovations including TUFLOW, REMBRANDT, SARIS, BMT DEEP, MATE, several Digital Data Transformation platforms, and proprietary machine learning risk modelling applications.
BMT is already partnering with shipbuilders, in countries like, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia and in South Korea and is simultaneously seeking to strengthen and expand partnerships in the region. In addition, through the pursuit of new venture opportunities, BMT will seek to build on its regional brand presence and cultivate growth and value in its emerging portfolios.
On the launch, Sarah Kenny, CEO at BMT said: “I am thrilled that during this time of global uncertainty we are able to invest in a market that we know drives industry modernisation. Our Singapore hub will strengthen our domestic and emerging portfolios.”
Sarah adds, “We pride ourselves on the role that we have played in the maritime technology revolution to date, and with the expansion of our investment in Singapore we will extend our reach and continue to offer our superior level of service to existing customers, while we explore new ventures. Singapore is an obvious choice – it means we can take an active part in the maritime ecosystem there.”
Rob Teasdale, Business Development Director at BMT said: “Expanding our presence in the Asia market will allow us to apply our intimate knowledge of the maritime domain to one of the fastest growing regions in the world. As our business continues to expand across the Asia Pacific, including in Australia, it is comforting to know that we can continue to be a trusted partner for our customers. We’re looking forward to working alongside them as we grow across the region.”
Suba Sivandran, Managing Director, Asia at BMT, said: “Being on the ground and a part of Singapore’s growing maritime ecosystem is critical to servicing our customers and to the further development of our emerging portfolio. This local presence combined with our global specialist advice will provide a unique offering to this growing market, and to the world’s most important commodity and cargo transit hub.”
05 Nov 20. PM Commissions Five Modern Warships. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today commissioned five modern warships for Bangladesh Navy — BNS Umar Farooq, BNS Abu Ubaidah, BNS Prottasha, BNS Darshak and BNS Tallashi — at Naval Berth-1 in Chattogram.
The prime minister commissioned the ships through a videoconference from her official residence Ganobhaban in the capital.
Chief of Naval Staff Admiral M Shaheen Iqbal, on behalf of the prime minister, formally handed over the “commissioning forman [statement]” of the ship to the respective captains of the ships at the Naval Berth.
An audio-visual presentation was made on the five ships that included two frigates (BNS Umar Farooq and BNS Abu Ubaidah), one corvette (BNS Prottasha), and two survey ships (BNS Darshak and BNS Tallashi). Of these, two survey ships were constructed at Khulna Shipyard.
The captains of the five ships — Captain AM Shamsul Haque of BNS Prottasha, Captain Gazi Golam Morshed of BNS Umar Farooq, Captain Ashrafuzzaman of BNS Abu Ubaidah, Lt Commander Kamrul Ahsan of BNS Tallashi and Lt Commander Nazmus Sakib Sourav of BNS Darshak — received the commissioning forman. (Source: defense-aerospace.com/The Daily Star)
04 Nov 20. Taiwan to start building first indigenous submarine before end of November. The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) has announced that construction work on Taiwan’s first locally designed and developed diesel-electric attack submarine (SSK) will begin before the end of November.
The RoCN said in a 2 November statement that the island’s new submarine-building facility, located in the southern port city of Kaohsiung, will become operational this month, with local naval shipbuilder CSBC Corporation expected to hold a ceremony to mark the beginning of production of the first of eight planned submarines.
According to Taiwanese media, the first boat is slated for completion in the third quarter of 2024, with sea trials and commissioning scheduled for 2025. The boats will be built under the Indigenous Defence Submarine Programme, also known as the Hai Ch’ang programme.
CSBC Corporation (formerly the China Shipbuilding Corporation) is Taiwan’s largest shipbuilder and is partly owned by the state. It had broken ground on the new facility in May 2019 in a ceremony presided over by Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who was quoted at the time as saying that the facility had become necessary because international submarine manufacturers “no longer dared sell” Taiwan submarines because of pressure from China, which regards Taiwan as a break-away province.
As Janes reported, the corporation – and its development partner, the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (CSIST) – were awarded a contract in 2017 to design and construct the submarines. The project is supported by a submarine development centre that CSBC inaugurated in 2016. (Source: Jane’s)
04 Nov 20. Austal Australia Delivers 8th Guardian Class Patrol Boat. Austal Limited (Austal) (ASX: ASB) announced that Austal Australia has delivered the eighth Guardian-class Patrol Boat (GCPB) to the Australian Department of Defence.
The vessel, VOEA Ngahau Siliva, was gifted by the Australian Government to the Kingdom of Tonga during a handover ceremony at Austal Australia’s Henderson shipyard on Friday 30 October; attended by Her Royal Highness, Princess Angelika Latufuipeka Tuku?aho of the Kingdom of Tonga; the Australian Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon. Melissa Price MP, and, RAN Head of Maritime Systems, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group RADM Wendy Malcolm.
Austal Chief Operating Officer and CEO Designate Patrick Gregg said VOEA Ngahau Siliva was the second Guardian-class Patrol Boat delivered to the Kingdom of Tonga under the Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project and the eighth delivered in total since December 2018. “We are very fortunate to welcome Her Royal Highness Princess Angelika, who is Tonga’s High Commissioner to Australia, to the Henderson shipyard to celebrate the delivery of the second Guardian-class Patrol Boat, following the delivery of the VOEA Ngahau Koula in June last year,” Mr Gregg said.
“With this second vessel delivery to Tonga, we have now delivered eight of the 21 Guardianclass Patrol Boats contracted to the Australian Department of Defence. We’re actually completing a vessel every three months and at any given time, we have five vessels under construction or fitout. “Our warmest congratulations to Her Royal Highness Princess Angelika, Her Majesty’s Armed Forces of Tonga and the people of Tonga on the handover of this latest vessel to their naval fleet.
Our sincere thanks too, to Minister Price and the Department of Defence on their continued support of this sovereign shipbuilding program.”
The Tongan crew, who have diligently observed all necessary COVID-19 safe protocols and procedures while completing a comprehensive training program that Austal provides at its Henderson shipyard in Western Australia, have now taken delivery of the vessel and will depart for Tonga, following further training and familiarisation with the Royal Australian Navy at HMAS Stirling, Garden Island.
Faster, with improved seakeeping, better amenities and an enhanced mission capability – including an integrated stern launch and recovery system – the Guardian-class Patrol Boats provide the Tongan Navy with a much improved naval asset to carry out border patrols, regional policing, search and rescue and many other operations domestically and internationally.
The Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPB-R) Project was awarded to Austal in May 2016, with an additional contract option awarded in April 2018 taking the program to 21 vessels valued at more than A$335 million. Twelve Pacific Island nations including Papua New Guinea, Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Palau, Samoa, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Timor Leste will receive the vessels through to 2023.
The Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project supports more than 200 direct jobs at Austal Australia and more than 200 indirect jobs nationally, through approximately 450 Australian businesses contracted. Austal’s service centre in Cairns is providing in-service support to the growing Guardian-class Patrol Boat fleet, with more than 40 people now employed in a variety of engineering and sustainment roles in the Far North Queensland city.
The 39.5 metre steel monohull patrol boat – designed, constructed and sustained by Austal Australia – is based on a proven design platform that has included the 38 metre Bay-class, 56 metre Armidale-class and 58 metre Cape-class patrol boats that are in service with the Australian Border Force and Royal Australian Navy. The VOEA Ngahau Siliva is replacing VOEA Neiafu (P201), a Pacific-class Patrol Boat that has been in service in Tonga since 1989. (Source: ASD Network)
03 Nov 20. Kenya finally receive all three C-27J Spartans. The Kenya Air Force is now operating all three of its C-27J Spartan transport aircraft it had ordered, after the third was held back in Italy due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The final aircraft resumed test flights in Italy in May and arrived in Kenya at the beginning of October, where it was handed over in an official ceremony on 2 October. This was attended by Commander of the Kenyan Air Force, Major General Francis Ogolla, and the Italian Ambassador, Alberto Pieri, according to the Italian Embassy in Kenya.
The third aircraft (believed to have registration 226) had been held back in Italy and used to deliver coronavirus relief aid across the country.
Kenya took delivery of its first two C-27Js from Italy’s Leonardo on 30 January this year when they (registration 224 and 222) arrived at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
The first Kenyan C-27J was spotted at Leonardo’s facility in Turin, Italy, in September 2018, with another seen in September 2019 during an open day at Turin hosted by Leonardo.
Kenya ordered the three aircraft in late 2017. News of the contract emerged in late June 2018 when it was revealed that Kenya had taken out a loan from Italy’s Unicredit SpA worth Sh20 billion ($198 million) for the three aircraft on 11 December 2017. Repayments were due to begin on 11 June 2019, with the loan maturing a decade later. Kenya also ordered a number of AW139 helicopters in a separate deal.
Kenya’s C-27Js will most likely replace its de Havilland Canada DHC-5 Buffalos.
Kenya is the fourth African nation to order the C-27J after Morocco, Chad and Zambia. Other customers include the Air Forces of Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Romania, United States, Mexico, Australia, Peru and Slovakia.
The Spartan was developed from the G.222/C-27A, using the engines and systems of the Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules to provide 30% lower operating costs than the G.222 and 35% greater range. It first flew on 24 September 1999.
The Spartan offers the ability to carry up to 60 troops in high density configuration and a maximum of 46 paratroopers. In the medical role 36 stretchers and six attendants can be carried. Normal payload is 9 000 kg for the C-27J, although maximum payload is more than 10 tons.
Leonardo recently initiated an upgrade programme covering improved avionics, communication and winglets. The main benefits of the new avionics system include compliance with new civil aviation regulations as well as obsolescence risk reduction. (Source: Google/https://www.defenceweb.co.za/)
MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT
05 Nov 20.. Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Estonia. Mr Ross Allen has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Estonia in succession to Mrs Theresa Bubbear who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Allen will take up his appointment during May 2021.
Full name: Ross Allen
Married to: Suzanna Harrison
2015 to Present
New York, Deputy Consul General and Deputy Trade Commissioner, USA
2014 to 2015
FCO, Head, Consular Assistance Department
2013 to 2014
Secondment to Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking
2010 to 2013
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Private Secretary to Deputy Prime Minister
2008 to 2010
Washington DC, First Secretary (Middle East)
2007 to 2008
FCO, Press Officer to Minister for Europe
2004 to 2007
Jerusalem, HM Consul, Political
2003 to 2004
Full-time Language training (Arabic)
2001 to 2002
FCO, Desk Officer, Non-Proliferation Department
05 Nov 20. Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Luxembourg. Ms Fleur Thomas has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in succession to Mr John Marshall. Ms Thomas will take up her appointment during April 2021.
Full name: Fleur Louise Thomas
Married to: Single
Children: One son
2018 to present
Ministry of Defence, Head of Exports, Security, Policy and Operations
2016 to 2018
Department for International Trade, Regional Director – Europe, Africa, Middle East, Central & South Asia, Defence and Security Organisation
2014 to 2016
Council for Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Associations, Director Engagement
2002 to 2015
Roles including South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (SERFCA), Regional Director – SaBRE Campaign; Employer Support Executive, Managing Director, Forward Learning Technologies Ltd; and Associate Lecturer and Consultant, Open University
1995 to 2002
British Airways, Cabin Crew
04 Nov 20. Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire: Catherine Brooker. Ms Catherine Brooker has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire in succession to Ms Josephine Gauld, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Ms Brooker will take up her appointment during January 2021.
Full name: Catherine Brooker
2016 to present
FCDO, Head Whitehall Nigeria Unit and Deputy Head of West Africa Department
2012 to 2016
Athens, Counsellor – Political
2011 to 2012
Full-Time Language training (Greek)
2009 to 2011
FCO, Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Cabinet Office, Senior Policy Advisor – International Institutional Reform Strategy
2004 to 2008
New York, Second Secretary – Political (Middle East)
2003 to 2004
Kabul, Second Secretary – Press and Public Affairs
2001 to 2002
FCO, Desk Officer for Turkey
1999 to 2001
Cardinal Hume Centre for Young Homeless People, Fundraising Officer
30 Oct 20. DOD Establishes Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy. As directed in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 the Department of Defense established the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy (ASD(SP)) and the Office of the ASD(SP) Oct. 29, 2020. The ASD(SP) will be the senior official responsible for the overall supervision of DoD policy for space warfighting. The ASD(SP) will be under the authority, direction, and control of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (USD(P)). In addition, ASD(SP) is responsible for interagency coordination and international engagement on space policy and strategy. In 2019, the Department of Defense and the United States elevated two military organizations for space. This change in civilian oversight will continue to bring focus to long-term strategic competition, as outlined in the National Defense Strategy and the Lines of Effort outlined in the Defense Space Strategy. (Source: US DoD)
03 Nov 20. Sagetech Avionics Expands International Network. Sagetech Avionics announced that it has again expanded its international reach through new agreements with international reseller organizations.
Beginning immediately, SSASS Holdings of South Africa will provide Sagetech’s MX Series and XP Series of transponders to customers in the African and Middle East regions of the world.
“We are thrilled to extend our reach through these experienced sales partners,” said Tom Furey, CEO of Sagetech Avionics. “Both groups offer local industry, government, and customer expertise to help us increasingly serve global market needs for UAV transponders.”
Sagetech Avionics will continue to build out its reseller network in the months and years ahead. For complete reseller details, visit the Sagetech Avionics website. (Source: UAS VISION)
02 Nov 20. Jankel Secures Top Executives In Readiness For 2021 Growth. Flexibility, the highest levels of quality, and competitive pricing will continue to be the hallmarks of Jankel’s service to customers as the business heads into 2021. Together with a strategic review of the brand and ethos, Jankel is now welcoming a new team who bring leading industry knowledge, operational excellence and world-class experience to ensure Jankel is well positioned to maximise post COVID opportunities.
Spearheading the US team, we welcome John Kyler as President of Jankel Tactical Systems in South Carolina, USA. John joins the team after six years at JCB, bringing a wealth of strategic expertise in large defence programmes.
John will be replacing Cody Baker who, after three years leading the US team, is stepping down from day to day activities. During his tenure, Cody has positioned Jankel as a notable player in the US defence industry, and his considerable expertise and talents will remain with the company as he joins Jankel’s US holding company board.
Supporting John, we are delighted to be joined by Gary Farmer, who is well known to the industry and who brings significant fabrication and armoured vehicle construction expertise. As Jankel’s US Head of Operations, Gary’s manufacturing experience, together with his track record working on prime and first tier projects will be of considerable value to our existing and new customers.
Complementing Stateside operations, we are pleased to welcome Richard Semmens as Jankel’s UK Operations Director. Richard joins from Babcock (formally S. MacNeillie & Son) where he was MD of their Vehicle Engineering business. He is heading up a new Operations Management Team, where his extensive knowledge and skills will be welcomed by customers and staff alike.
Joining the team, Gary Farmer said “I have watched Jankel from afar and seen it grow in the US under the careful guidance of Cody and Andrew. I am delighted to be part of the team as it positions itself for the next phase of growth.”
Richard Semmens said “This is a dynamic team and place to work. 2021 will bring with it a new set of challenges and it is great to be working for an organisation which has the vision, talent and skills to bring solutions and customer service to greet those challenges head on.”
Commenting on the new organisation, Chairman Andrew Jankel said “There is no doubt the world will be a different place post COVID. I am delighted these exceptional individuals are joining our company, with all their personal experience, ideas and skills, to ensure we are well positioned to support our customers when they need it most. I would also like to thank Cody Baker for his dedicated service over the past three years, and look forward to his continued counsel as a key adviser to our Board.”
02 Nov 20. Saab has appointed Mattias Rådström as the new Press Officer. He takes up his position on November 2. Mattias Rådström has previously worked at Electrolux as VP Global Head of PR and Social Media and Head of PR and Communication Nordic, and at Cramo Group as SVP Communications, IR and Marketing. Most recently Mattias Rådström has run his own consultancy in communications. As Press Officer, Mattias Rådström will lead the team at Saab Press Center consisting of four Media Relation Managers in Stockholm and London.
30 Oct 20. PACEM Solutions International and PACEM Defense LLC are proud to announce the appointment of Andrew Knaggs as Chief Operating Officer. In addition to bringing his deep leadership and executive experience in both the public and private sector, Mr. Knaggs will further build on PACEM’s mission to provide cutting-edge approaches to consultancy, training, and risk management, as well as to deliver high-quality munitions and less-lethal products to our clients worldwide. Mr. Knaggs joins Cory Mills, Rana AL-Saadi, Joseph Schmitz, Shannon Doyle, and Kenneth Christo on the company’s executive leadership team in Falls Church, VA.
Prior to joining PACEM, Mr. Knaggs was a Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in the Seventh District of Virginia. He also served as counsel at the Virginia law firm, Executive Law Partners PLLC, where he led a diverse legal practice involving corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, government contracting, cyber security, and other national security-related issues. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School, where he teaches a course on national security law. (Source: PR Newswire)
30 Oct 20. Russell Reynolds Associates, a global leadership advisory and search firm, today announced that Julia McGeorge has joined the firm as a Consultant in the firm’s Aerospace and Defense Practice. Based in Washington, DC, McGeorge works closely with senior leaders to advise on critical issues related to leadership acquisition and development. McGeorge joins Russell Reynolds Associates after 15 years at another global executive search firm. Previously, she was part of the in-house corporate talent acquisition team at Danaher. McGeorge began her career in the public sector, serving as a Staff Assistant in the Office of Presidential Personnel at the White House and as a Defense Fellow at the US Department of Defense, where she received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. McGeorge holds a BA in communications studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (Source: PR Newswire)
REST OF THE WORLD APPOINTMENTS
03 Nov 20. BMT, a leading international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, today announced Suba Sivandran as Managing Director of BMT Asia. With more than a decade of consulting experience throughout Europe and the APAC region, Suba’s appointment comes at a pivotal time of accelerated growth in Asia, where BMT has already established a 25-year legacy of helping customers, governments and industrial partners meet their global business needs through best-in-class technology products, solutions and services. BMT Asia is trusted by enterprises and partners expanding their Asia Pacific business to pair the convenience and flexibility of their operating domains with the reliability of BMT’s solutions. The organisation’s services leverage the full consultancy spectrum and network of innovation, and include Defence, Specialised Ship Design, Offshore Renewable Energy and Coastal Infrastructure including specialist services work for Offshore, Marine and Coastal Structures, both Fixed and Floating, Marine Navigational Safety and Risk Assessments, Investment and Advisory Support Services and Data & Digital Products for Maritime and more.
04 Nov 20. Professor Nelson Tansu, a US-based engineering scientist and inventor with an 18-year career, has been appointed as the new head of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) and professor in quantum electronics at the University of Adelaide. Professor Tansu’s research focus is on the materials, devices, computational sciences, and integrated technologies based on semiconductors. His research has impacted communications, sustainability, solid-state lighting, power electronics, biomedical sciences, and quantum materials. (Source: Defence Connect)
05 Nov 20. Nova Group appoints new CEO. The Australian-owned defence and aerospace company has announced the appointment of a new group chief executive. Nova Group has appointed Jim McDowell as its new group CEO, effective from Monday, 30 November. The new appointee replaces Julie Cooper, who has served as interim group CEO since June. Cooper is set to return to her role as non-executive director on the board. McDowell joins Nova Group from South Australia’s Department of the Premier and Cabinet, where he has served as chief executive since September 2018. Prior to this, McDowell served as CEO of BAE Systems Australia, where he oversaw the purchase of Tenix Defence. The incoming Nova Group CEO has also served as in-country CEO of BAE Systems’ $6bn Saudi Arabian business and has held roles with Bombardier Shorts for 18 years. (Source: Defence Connect)
04 Nov 20. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. announces that it has appointed Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Moshe Lipel as Executive Vice President of Finance and Control. Mr. Lipel will replace Mr. David Vaish who is retiring after 15 years as the company’s CFO. Mr. Moshe Lipel holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Bar Ilan University, specializing in Finance. He has served in a number of positions is Israel’s defense establishment, including as financial advisor to the Chief of Staff of the IDF, and as head of the Defense Ministry’s budget department. For the last 13 years, Lipel has served as CFO of Elta Systems Ltd. (an IAI subsidiary). President and CEO of Rafael, Mr. Yoav Har-Even, congratulated Lipel on his appointment and noted that Lipel brings with him vast experience and a deep understanding and knowledge of the various bodies and organizations with which Rafael works, and expressed confidence in his success. Har-Even thanked Mr. David Vaish for his service at Rafael over the last 15 years, and for his significant contribution to its activities and its financial robustness.
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