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Your experience of project controls in a Defence environment would be of immediate value to my client. You will be supporting complex, high value programmes and will therefore need good stakeholder management skills. You will be given an excellent benefits package including 8% employer contribution to pension, private healthcare and private dental. Below are some further details on the role. At the bottom of the page is where you can apply. About the job: They currently require the services of a Project Controller. This role includes: – Guiding and supporting Programme and Project Teams – Controlling and reporting of project performance – Preparing Project Management Reporting Packs – Providing KPI metrics – Creating and maintaining Project WBS structures – Monitoring project Milestone delivery – Supporting creation and maintenance of EVM reporting About you: – A track record of project controls – Proven experience within Defence – Good stakeholder management skills – Degree level qualification preferred – Project management qualifications would be an advantage Apply through the link ASAP! This role will not be available long. Project Controller / Project Controls Manager Bristol £40-50K (depending on experience) Key Skills: project, programme, engineer, engineering, defence, risk, controls, controller, scheduler, schedule, PMO, primavera, p6 Due to the nature of work undertaken at our client’s site, incumbents of these positions are required to meet special nationality rules and therefore these vacancies are only open to sole British Citizens. Applicants who meet this criterion will also be required to undergo security clearance vetting, if not already security cleared to a minimum SC level. This is a permanent position. Electus Recruitment Ltd is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy

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13 Nov 20. D-Fend Solutions expands US headquarters and targets larger North American footprint. Counter drone company D-Fend Solutions is supporting strong sales to North American military and special forces, national and homeland security, law enforcement, airports, border patrol, VIP executive protection, and event and stadium organizations with the expansion of its North American headquarters in McLean, Virginia. The company supplies radio frequency (RF), cyber-based, non-kinetic, non-jamming, counter-drone takeover technology.

D-Fend’s North American business is led by Terry DiVittorio and includes a team in Canada to support current Canadian customers and expand D-Fend Solutions’ footprint in that strategic market. D-Fend Solutions North America is now fully staffed and equipped to perform full business lifecycle services, including sales, system demonstrations, service delivery, support, and ongoing service and maintenance for clients in North America and North American customers operating the system in other countries, says a company press release.

EnforceAir is D-Fend Solutions’ flagship counter-unmanned aerial system (c-UAS) product. It features premier drone radio frequency (RF) takeover technology. The system automatically, in either autonomous or manual mode, detects, locates and identifies rogue drones in the airspace, and then neutralizes the threat by empowering system operators to take full control over drones and land them safely in a predefined zone. Since the system does not rely upon jammers or kinetic technology, EnforceAir avoids collateral damage, interference, disruption and disturbance.

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(Source: www.unmannedairspace.info)

16 Nov 20. BAE Systems Australia launches new R&D facility. The defence prime has opened a new facility in Victoria, which will house collaborative research and development projects to support its local pipeline of activity. BAE Systems Australia has launched Red Ochre Labs, a Victoria-based facility that will be used for the development of sovereign disruptive technologies for the Australian Defence Force

According to the prime, Red Ochre Labs will foster collaboration between industry, Defence and academia, linking research and development (R&D) projects across BAE Systems’ Australian sites.

Specifically, Red Ochre Labs has been designed to facilitate the development of air, land, sea and cyber technologies — focused on autonomous systems, hypersonics, high-frequency systems, electronic warfare and anti-submarine warfare capabilities for the Hunter Class frigate program.

“The Australian government is clear in its expectations of the need for new, future focused technologies to support the Australian Defence Force,” BAE Systems chief technology officer Brad Yelland said.

“Focusing our R&D investment and using Red Ochre Labs as a collaborative hub will enable us to both fast track the development of successful technologies and ‘fail fast’ with those that don’t.

“Our experience has shown success breeds success and that one great piece of technology can be evolved to have other uses or can form the basis of a completely new technology.”

Yelland added that the development of new, Australian-made technologies could also bolster export sales, which he said could fund further research and product development.

“Now more than ever, the investment in and development of Australian made technologies has the potential to underpin much needed economic growth and meet the technological needs of our defence force,” he concluded.

According to BAE Systems, the selection of the name ‘Red Ochre’ Labs, reflects the company’s reconciliation commitment to Australia’s First Nation people, with red ochre considered an “iconic mainstay” of the Australian landscape. (Source: Defence Connect)


19 Nov 20. IRGC Navy unveils new base ship. Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) revealed that its naval wing is now operating a roll-on, roll-off ship that can be used as an expeditionary floating base for fast attack boats, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), anti-ship missiles, and normally land-based air-defence systems.

It announced that a ceremony was held on 19 November to commission what it described as a long-range multi-purpose vessel called Shahed Roudaki (L110-1), saying it has a length of 150m, a beam of 22m, and a displacement of 4,000 tonnes.

“The Shahed Roudaki heavy combat, intelligence, and support ship is a mobile naval city that is ready to carry out ocean missions with all the necessary equipment and facilities to create stable security of maritime transportation lines and provide relief to the commercial and fishing fleets of the Islamic Republic and regional countries,” it said. It released low-resolution images of a roll-on, roll-off cargo vessel with its deck loaded with four fast attack boats, four twin launchers for long-range anti-ship missiles, six Ababil-2 UAVs, a Bell 212 helicopter, a 3 Khordad surface-to-air missile system, and an anti-aircraft gun on its bow. (Source: Jane’s)

19 Nov 20. Japan launches first ship of new frigate class. Japan has launched the first of a new class of multimission frigates, which will incorporate increased use of new technologies such as unmanned systems and reduced radar cross-section.

The 30FFM ship, which has been named the Kumano, was launched in a ceremony at shipbuilder Mitsui’s facilities at Okayama, Japan, on Nov. 19. It is expected to be commissioned into the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force in 2022.

Notably, Kumano is the second ship of the class; the first ship is still under construction at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ Nagasaki shipyard. MHI’s frigate design was selected as the winner by Japan’s Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency in 2017 during a competition.

The Japanese government previously ordered six frigates, and it has requested a further $951m for two more ships in its latest defense budget request. The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force has an eventual requirement for 22 frigates, which will be built by both MHI and Mitsui.

The 30FFM, which was previously classed as a destroyer and given the designation 30DX, is a 435-foot-long design that displaces 3,900 tons, but 5,500 tons when fully loaded. It features a stealthy design for reduced radar cross-section and the ability to launch, operate and recover unmanned surface and underwater vessels.

Other features include an integrated mast fitted with a Mitsubishi Electric OPY-2 multifuction radar and other sensors, an integrated combat information center, and increased use of automation to reduce the crew requirement onboard to 90 sailors.

The frigate will also be equipped with anti-mine and anti-submarine sonars, and have a hangar for operating license-produced Seahawk helicopters. Other shipboard weapon systems include the Raytheon RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile and MHI Type 17 anti-ship missile.

Propulsion for the 30FFM class will be supplied by a Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbine and a pair of MAN 12V28/33D STC diesel engines in a combined diesel and gas arrangement, with the ships capable of reaching 30 knots.

Earlier this week, Singapore’s Business Times newspaper reported that Indonesia intends to purchase four 30FFM frigates as part of its plan to modernize the country’s military, adding that the agreement comes after a meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Indonesian President Joko Widodo last month. (Source: Defense News)

13 Nov 20. Naval Group launches the FREMM Lorraine, the second frigate offering an enhanced air defence capability. Naval Group has launched the FREMM Lorraine in Lorient on Friday 13th November. This ship was ordered by the French General Directorate of Armament (DGA) on behalf of the French Navy. The program management is entrusted to the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR). The FREMM Lorraine is the tenth unit of the FREMM series produced by Naval Group, and the eighth and last one added to the French Navy’s fleet. It is also the second FREMM frigate of the FREMM DA type, presenting an enhanced air defence capability.

The French Minister of Armed Forces (Minister of Defence) Florence Parly, Admiral Pierre Vandier, Chief of Staff of the French Navy, and General Engineer Emmanuelle Thivillier, in charge of naval programs at the French General Directorate of Armament (DGA) as well as the Chairman and CEO of Naval Group, Pierre Eric Pommellet, alongside employees from the Lorient site participated to the launching ceremony.

The launch of the eighth French Navy’s FREMM

Fifty-four months after the start of the production, the FREMM DA Lorraine left the construction form of Naval Group site in Lorient. This operation took place on Friday 13th November 2020, fully complying with the schedule set by the Military Planning Law, while respecting the safety and health rules currently enforced.

Technical adaptations have been made on both FREMM DA such as a more powerful multifunction radar supplied by Thales, enhanced communications, three additional consoles of the Setis® Combat Management System in the “central operations center” with an enhanced air defence capability through the use of Aster 15 and Aster 30 missiles. The FREMM DA also benefits from a new mast, optimized to increase detection performance. In addition to performing the same anti-submarine warfare missions as the previous FREMMs, the FREMM DAs will be responsible for the air defence of major units: Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, or amphibious helicopter carriers (PHA) as part of the naval or amphibious air group.

More generally, the FREMM frigates integrate the evolution of systems over time to ensure the latest units of the series benefit from the latest technologies such as: additional cyber capabilities, deployment of Liaison 22 (liaison between NATO military units), integration of a tactical digital table, etc.

Meeting the operational requirements of the French Armament Procurement Agency (DGA).

“Throughout this demanding program, we have maintained close ties with our customer, in order to best respond to the expectations and the technological challenges regarding the onboard innovations. This feedback led us to change our industrial organization. Modular construction, supply chain optimization and block pre-fabrication have reduced construction lead times and, ultimately, production costs. As a result, we have gained in efficiency and performance, while at the same time improving the working conditions of our employees, which has led to a considerable reduction in accidents at work. We are proud to launch today the latest French FREMM! » declared Laurent Espinasse, Executive Vice-President for Industry at Naval Group.

Naval Group’s site in Lorient offers industrial infrastructures that enable us to meet the technical and technological challenges of the latest generations of military ships, including a 15,000 m2 covered construction form.

The design tools and methods have evolved considerably during the FREMM program thanks to virtual reality. All of the ship’s data, including equipment operating data, is integrated into a digital mock-up. The infrastructures have also been modernized, including the extension and renovation of the construction nave, the installation of three covered paint booths and the extension of the quay.

Ensuring the preservation of key competencies

To deliver frigates with the required military performance, Naval Group has mobilized no less than 250 skills throughout the program. Some of them are very specific and rare and are often the result of a long or even very long acquisition: sheet metal carpenter, formator-straightener, hull welder, pipe fitter…

Naval Group promotes the recruitment of young talents and has recruited 400 work-study students since the beginning of the year and even during the sanitary crisis. This is 50 more than in 2019 and Naval Group site in Lorient is home to 58 of them.

Naval Group is also implementing specific training programs to develop these rare and unique skills, through the introduction of the certificate of joint qualification of metallurgy (CQPM). This certification training, takes place alternatively in a training organization and in industrial workshops over twelve months. A CQPM carpenter-sheet metal worker was opened in September 2019, in collaboration with the IUMM of Lorient, at a Naval Group site in Lorient.

Technical characteristics of FREMM DA

The FREMM program has been running on a stable schedule since the last Military Planning Law. Eight units of the FREMM series have been delivered between 2012 and 2019. Aquitaine in 2012, Provence in 2015, Languedoc in 2016, Auvergne in April 2017, Bretagne in July 2018 and Normandie in July 2019. Alsace was launched on April 18, 2019 and will be delivered in 2021. Internationally, the Mohammed VI was delivered to Morocco in 2014 and the Tahya Misr was delivered in Egypt in 2015.

FREMM DA Alsace is heavily armed and uses the most powerful weapons systems and equipment such as the Herakles multifunction radar, the Aster 15 and 30 and Exocet MM 40 missiles and the MU 90 torpedoes. The performance of her combat system is enhanced with increased radar and communication capabilities, new radar and electro-optical fire control and a SETIS® Combat Management System with specific air defence functions.

  • Overall length: 142 meters
  • Width: 20 meters
  • Displacement: 6,000 tons
  • Maximum speed: 27 knots
  • Crew capacity: 123 people (+ 14 people for the helicopter detachment)
  • Accommodation capacity: 165 people
  • Autonomy: 6 000 nautical miles to 15 knots

13 Nov 20. Pakistan Navy commissions second and final Yarmook-class corvette. The Pakistan Navy (PN) has commissioned the second of two Yarmook-class multirole corvettes ordered from Dutch shipbuilder Damen in 2017.

Named PNS Tabuk (pennant number 272), the 91.3 metre-long ship, which the company says is based on a Damen Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) 1900, entered service in a ceremony held on 12 November at the Port of Constanta in Romania.

Launched in September 2019, the 2,300-tonne vessel was built at Damen’s facilities in Galati, Romania, just as first-of-class PNS Yarmook (271), which entered PN service in February this year.

The Yarmook class, which has an overall beam of 14.4 m and a hull draught of 4 m, is stated to be capable of performing “a variety of maritime operations in complex environments”. The ships can embark a medium helicopter and an unmanned aerial vehicle, carry two high-speed rigid-hulled inflatable boats – of 11.5 m and 6.5 m in length – and transport two twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) for special operations.

Each corvette is equipped with “state-of-the-art electronic warfare, anti-ship and anti-air weapons and sensors along with modern self-protection and terminal defence systems”, according to the PN.

Janes understand that the class, which has a crew complement of 138, has been designed to accommodate a 30 mm gun system in the ‘A’ position, several 12.7 mm machine guns, and the MR-36A I-band surface search radar. However, no further details have been provided about the other weapons and systems used by the class. (Source: Jane’s)


16 Nov 20. JGSDF begins MV-22B Osprey flight operations. The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) put its Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft into service on 6 November, making it the first international partner to operate the US-made platform, according to a statement issued six days later by US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).

“The JGSDF is taking a big step toward integrating the V-22’s unique capabilities into its mission,” said US Marine Corps (USMC) Colonel Matthew Kelly, programme manager for the V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA-275), adding that the first operational flight, which took place from Camp Kisarazu in Chiba Prefecture, followed a ceremony held on 3 November, marking the activation of Japan’s V-22 programme.

“The activation of the JGSDF’s Transportation Aviation Group flight operations is a major milestone for both the Japanese and V-22 Joint Program Office and follows a key success this summer: delivering the first aircraft to Japan, on schedule, during a global pandemic,” added NAVAIR in its statement.

The latest development comes after the JGSDF took delivery of its second MV-22B Osprey on 16 July. The aircraft, which was one of two Ospreys to arrive at USMC Air Station Iwakuni in Japan’s Yamaguchi Prefecture on 8 May, was flown that day by a JGSDF pilot to Camp Kisarazu: six days after the service received the first such platform.

These two aircraft, which bear serial numbers ‘91701’ and ‘91705’, are part of an initial five MV-22B Block C Ospreys ordered by Tokyo in mid-2015 for USD332.5m. (Source: Jane’s)



18 Nov 20. In Shake-Up, Acting SecDef Elevates Special Operations to Be ‘On Par’ with Service Branches. Acting Defense Secretary Christoper Miller announced Wednesday that U.S. Special Operations Command will now report directly to him, putting it on par with the service branches.

He said the move comes in recognition of the nation’s increasing reliance on its covert forces.

“I have directed the special operations civilian leadership to report directly to me,” Miller said. “It will put Special Operations Command on par with the military services for the first time. This reform will immediately improve agility for the department and the command and will enable us to streamline decision flow; enhance decision-making; and more adeptly support our commanders and their superb soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.”

With the support of President Donald Trump, “We are forging the next chapter in the history of U.S. Special Operations forces and formalizing a watershed reform,” he added. “Right now, we start the transition to provide greater civilian oversight of and, critically, advocacy for our special operators.”

Miller made the announcement at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on his first trip outside the Pentagon since being appointed to take over from fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Nov. 9.

He said Congress had endorsed the move to elevate SOCOM’s status in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.

The action follows Miller’s sudden announcement Tuesday that U.S. forces will draw down from about 4,500 to 2,500 in Afghanistan, and from about 3,000 to 2,500 in Iraq, by Jan. 15 — five days before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

The acting SecDef also appeared to signal that he intends his time in office to be transformative. He said that enhancing the status of Special Operations Command is in line with his three priorities: Bringing an end to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; carrying out the National Defense Strategy, which focuses on China and Russia; and accelerating efforts to combat transnational threats.

Miller also noted turmoil at the Pentagon and the blowback his initiatives have received during his short tenure. He cited a remark often attributed to President Harry S Truman: “If you want a friend in Washington, buy a dog.”

In authorizing the change, Miller addressed a long-standing complaint of special operators since Special Operations Command was made one of the Combatant Commands in 1987.

The secretaries of the Army, Navy and Air Force report directly to the defense secretary but the assistant secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict (SO/LIC) report through the undersecretary of Defense for Policy.

The job of reporting directly to Miller will go to Ezra Cohen-Watnick, a former aide to Trump’s first national security advisor, Michael Flynn. Cohen-Watnick is now filling the role of assistant secretary of defense for SO/LIC on an acting basis.

In remarks at Fort Bragg, Cohen-Watnick said that Miller’s action in underlining the importance of Special Operations Command was “following the vision of John F. Kennedy, who predicted the rise of Special Operations 60 years ago.”

“Now, under the leadership of President Trump, we are fully realizing President Kennedy’s prescient view of Special Operations forces,” Cohen-Watnick said.

Miller, a retired Army colonel who served several deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq as a special operator, noted that the announcement was taking place in front of the monument known as “Bronze Bruce,” a special warfare memorial on U.S. Army Special Operations Command Memorial Plaza at Fort Bragg.

The ceremony concluded with the playing of the 1966 song “Ballad of the Green Beret.” (Source: Military.com)


19 Nov 20. UK Export Finance appoints four senior trade representatives overseas. UKEF increases its international business development network by hiring senior trade representatives in China, Colombia, Kenya and South Africa. UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK government’s export credit agency, has increased its international business development network in key emerging markets by hiring senior trade representatives in China, Colombia, Kenya and South Africa.

Jiang Wu joins UKEF as Country Head for China, Camilo Neira as Country Head for Colombia, Isaac Kahara as County Head for Kenya and Dirk Van den Berg as Country Head for South Africa.

Working alongside HM Trade Commissioners and British Ambassadors overseas, UKEF’s Country Heads work with overseas governments and multinational companies looking to buy from the UK to create trading opportunities for British businesses.

The global economic impact of the pandemic means UKEF are currently identifying overseas projects with robust fundamentals and long-term growth potential that could benefit from UK expertise.

This includes helping to put UK companies at the heart of the green recovery from coronavirus, following the £2bn allocated to UKEF’s direct lending facility to finance green projects in the latest budget.

UK Export Finance now has 12 Country Heads operating across 11 countries and will increase this to 20 in strategic trading markets from Asia to North America in the coming months. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)

19 Nov 20. Sir John Manzoni announced as Chair Designate for AWE plc NDPB Board. Following the announcement that the Atomic Weapons Establishment plc will become an Arms-Length Body of the MOD, the Department has decided to appoint Sir John Manzoni as Chair Designate. The existing AWE Management Limited (AWE ML) Board will hand over to John and the new Board of the Arms-Length Body following termination on June 30th 2021, the AWE ML Board will continue to lead AWE until that date. While John will be formally appointed as Chair of the Board on 1st July 2021, he will be supporting the MOD in appointing the new Board during the transition period. John’s extensive regulatory, public and private sector and leadership experience make him well placed to take on this appointment. The MOD would like to thank the AWE ML Chair, Ian Tyler, for his years of service towards maintaining the UK’s nuclear deterrent and his continued commitment to stewarding the organisation through this crucial transition period.(Source: https://www.gov.uk/)


19 Nov 20. The U.S. Army has named Raj Iyer to be its new chief information officer after the service split the CIO/G-6 office over the summer, deputy Army CIO Greg Garcia announced Tuesday. Iyer, who will be the first civilian to serve as the Army’s CIO, was introduced on an AFCEA Belvoir webinar by Garcia. Garcia has been acting CIO since August when then-Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford retired. In his brief introductory comments, Iyer said that the Army plans to release a new IT strategy and “campaign plan.” Iyer joins the Army from Deloitte, where he was the managing director for government and federal services, working with clients on digital transformation projects. He had previous stints in the Army as the chief technology officer of Army Materiel Command and data chief for the service’s Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, according to his LinkedIn.

From 2013 to 2015, he worked for the Department of Health and Human as a senior technical adviser to healthcare.gov, the portal to health insurance exchanges implemented under the Affordable Care Act. (Source: Defense News)

13 Nov 20. Rear Adm. Alvin Holsey will be assigned as commander, Navy Personnel Command; and deputy chief of naval personnel, Millington, Tennessee.  Holsey is currently serving as special assistant to commander, Naval Air Forces/commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, with additional duty as director, Task Force One Navy, Washington, D.C.

13 Nov 20. Rear Adm. (lower half) Richard J. Cheeseman Jr. will be assigned as commander, Carrier Strike Group Ten, Norfolk, Virginia.  Cheeseman is currently serving as commander, Carrier Strike Group Two, Norfolk, Virginia.

13 Nov 20. Rear Adm. (lower half) Brendan R. McLane will be assigned as commander, Navy Warfare Development Command, Norfolk, Virginia.  McLane is currently serving as commander, Carrier Strike Group Ten, Norfolk, Virginia.

13 Nov 20. Rear Adm. (lower half) Scott F. Robertson will be assigned as commander, Carrier Strike Group Two, Norfolk, Virginia.  Robertson is currently serving as commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center, San Diego, California.

13 Nov 20. Rear Adm. Jeffrey W. Hughes for appointment to the rank of vice admiral, and assignment as deputy chief of naval operations for warfighting development, N7, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.  Hughes is currently serving as commander, Navy Personnel Command; and deputy chief of naval personnel, Millington, Tennessee.


16 Nov 20. Virgin Galactic COO to head up Australian Space Agency. The federal government has appointed Virgin Galactic’s chief operating officer to serve as head of the Australian Space Agency, replacing Dr Megan Clark. Enrico Palermo, Virgin Galactic’s chief operating officer (COO), has been appointed as head of the Australian Space Agency. Palermo has held several roles in the space industry over the course of two decades, including a stint as president of The Spaceship Company, Virgin Galactic’s aerospace-system manufacturing organisation. The new appointee will replace Dr Megan Clark, who will conclude her tenure in December, before assuming the role as chair of the agency’s advisory board in January 2021. Following the announcement, Prime Minister Scott Morrison thanked Dr Clark for her service and welcomed Palermo to the new role, stating he is well placed to drive the agency’s growth strategy.(Source: Defence Connect)



17 Nov 20. NI Announces Strategic Collaboration with SET GmbH and Tech180 Inc.. New disruptive methodology to help accelerate aerospace and defence test efficiency. NI (NASDAQ: NATI), SET GmbH and Tech180 Inc., experts in aerospace and defense test systems, announced a strategic collaboration to disrupt how test systems are designed, developed, and maintained. Together, the companies will deliver an innovative approach to test systems, including new products, hardware and software frameworks, an open systems reference architecture, and a paradigm-shifting System-on-Demand methodology.

“Conventional approaches for aerospace and defence test are badly outdated and in need of disruption. Engineers and enterprises are looking for new ways to leverage test as a competitive advantage, using it to reduce costs and accelerate product introductions while maintaining agility and equipment utilization,” said Luke Schreier, Vice President and General Manager of NI’s Aerospace, Defense and Government Business Unit and new board member for SET. “We are confident that NI’s collaboration with SET and Tech180 will deliver the right approach and system-level capability necessary for our customers to meet test requirements at an accelerated rate.”

Aerospace and defence companies are challenged with soaring development costs and complexities due to the amount of embedded software, design, and integration challenges required in manned/unmanned aircraft, space launch vehicles, and new approaches for urban air mobility. At the same time, the pressure to develop faster continues to rise. Dated test approaches and equipment further exacerbate these challenges, making it difficult to adapt quickly to changing requirements and test earlier in the product life cycle. The Systems-on-Demand and model-based test approach delivered through this new collaboration will help customers shorten time-to-market schedules, reduce operational expenses, integrate labs, and optimize data and assets. As a result, more time can be spent ensuring the quality and safety of future products and less on building test systems.

“As both a developer and manufacturer for flight certified electronics and a specialist in aerospace electronics test systems, SET brings a deep understanding of the full development process,” explains Frank Heidemann, founder and CEO of SET. “Customers can no longer afford long processes as they strive for a faster time to market. By working together, this collaboration is expected to develop these new answers and fill a critical gap in the industry.”

“Incremental improvements to the status quo are not good enough,” adds Chris Bakker, CEO of Tech180. “Currently, there’s an enormous amount of duplicate engineering spent on test, consuming resources that can be put to better use in research and development. Achieving the velocity of innovation companies need requires a fundamentally different approach to test. A streamlined test strategy is the key to a better product strategy, and this collaboration provides the path to this evolution at scale.”


19 Nov 20. GM Defense conducting nationwide search for new president. GM Defense President David Albritton is headed to Amazon so the company is conducting a nationwide search for a new president, according to a GM spokesperson.

Albritton is joining Amazon Web Services as the vice president of global communications in the company’s public sector and vertical industries.

GM Defense’s website already reflects the change. Tim Herrick, the company’s vice president of global product programs, is serving as the interim president and will be dual-hatted until a permanent replacement is found.

Herrick “has been a champion of GM’s defense business since its inception and serves on GM Defense’s Board of Managers,” a GM Defense spokesperson told Defense News in an emailed statement Nov. 19.

GM Defense is conducting a “national search to find a candidate who is qualified to lead GM Defense and will make an announcement when the right person is identified,” according to the spokesperson.

The company is coming off a big win with the U.S. Army after being selected to build its new Infantry Squad Vehicle.

The first of the vehicles was delivered to the service in a ceremony last month at GM Defense’s proving grounds and production facility in Milford, Michigan, just 120 days after being chosen to build the new troop carrier. The Army awarded the company a $214.3m contract to produce 649 vehicles by the end of fiscal 2024. The service is planning to procure a total of 2,065 ISVs.

With the success of the ISV program, GM Defense is setting its sights on other opportunities with the Army and other military services such as the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program.

The service is planning to re-compete for the JLTV and for new Humvees to round out the tactical vehicle fleet.

And while the company can offer fully integrated vehicles, it is also looking to partner with others for such programs like the Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle for the U.S. Marine Corps or the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle, the Army’s Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle replacement effort.

Such technologies like power and propulsion, lighter weight materials and cybersecurity are all areas in which GM Defense is looking to contribute.

GM spent several recent years helping the Army evaluate a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle using a ZH2 Chevy Colorado and the Army is now taking some renewed steps at getting after an electric vehicles in its fleet to include the pursuit of an electric light reconnaissance vehicle. (Source: Defense News)


18 Nov 20. Clarion Events Defence and Security announce the appointment of Rear Adm Jon Pentreath CB OBE FRAeS as Military Advisor. In this role, Pentreath will primarily provide dedicated support for Clarion’s principal event, DSEI, as well as the specialist Undersea Defence Technology conference and exhibition.

With his significant experience in the naval sector, Pentreath’s appointment will strengthen Clarion’s engagement with the global maritime community, while also providing broader insight into defence and security priorities of UK and international forces.

Fully endorsed by the UK Ministry of Defence, DSEI has a strategically strong standing in the naval and land communities. The expertise Pentreath brings to the role will reinforce DSEI’s growth in these markets, further develop the Royal Navy and British Army’s engagement with industry, and lead the growth of international delegations, high-level military and VIP participants for the event.

In its 2021 iteration, DSEI will support the UK Armed Forces’ multi-domain integration goals, providing a forum for engagement with industry in pursuit of the innovation, technology and data solutions that can deliver a fully co-operative and networked digital force capable of achieving true multi-domain effects.

Pentreath comes to Clarion following a long and decorated career as a helicopter pilot in the Royal Navy that culminated in heading up the UK’s Joint Helicopter Command.  With responsibility for the safe operation of some 250 helicopters deployed around the world, as well as British Army drones, this role saw him lead an organisation of over 8,000 servicemen and women from the Royal Navy, the British Army and the Royal Air Force.  Earlier roles included a mix of leadership positions, from front line air stations to heading the future helicopter procurement department, punctuated by operational service deployments that included Bosnia and Northern Ireland in the 1990s to Iraq and Afghanistan in the 2000s.  Pentreath is a graduate of The City University, the Joint Services Command and Staff College, and the Royal College of Defence Studies, and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

05 Nov 20. Finnish New Space leader ICEYE announced the appointment of Tero Vauraste, MSc, Lt Cdr (Ret) an experienced arctic and maritime professional, as Regional Director of Nordics to lead the business development in the Nordic countries. With this appointment, ICEYE demonstrates its intent to build up a strong presence across the Nordics region. Prior to joining ICEYE, Vauraste worked as Senior Advisor to ICEYE, held the position as President of the Arctic and maritime consultancy services Mariadi Oy and worked as Chief Executive Officer at Nurminen Logistics Plc.. He acted as chairman of the Arctic Economic Council and filled the position as President & CEO at Arctia Ltd. As Managing Director of Hertz Finland he worked in its’ Nordic Management Team. He also led Finnair’s Ground Handling subsidiaries in Finland, Sweden and Norway. He has served as an executive in the Nordic security industry for Securitas Oy. He has Naval and Coast Guard officer service experience. He holds a Master’s degree in Risk Crisis and Disaster Management and he is a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center Polar Programme.

13 Feb 20. NSSLGlobal Appoints Neil Fraser as Director of Defense and Space Programs. Neil Fraser has just been appointed as Director of Defense and Space Programs at NSSLGlobal. Fraser has made the move to NSSLGlobal to help shape and grow the defense communications side of the business. He seeks to connect his military experience with emerging technology and industry best practice to deliver. Prior to joining NSSLGlobal, he spent 6 years growing Viasat’s capabilities and presence across UK Government and the space sector ranging from consumer broadband to military communications. Before joining industry, he spent 26 years in the British Army:

  • As a Major he commanded a divisional communications squadron and, after the Advanced Command and Staff Course, 216 Parachute Signal Squadron with operational tours to the Balkans in 2001 and then some 3 months after 9-11 to Afghanistan in 2001/2002 to establish communications for the initial ISAF mission.
  • As a Lieutenant Colonel he spent most of 2004 as the Chief of Staff of a US Task Force providing Reconstruction Teams across Afghanistan and working with Afghan institutions and Government agencies for which he was awarded a US Bronze Star, followed by a year in the high readiness Joint Force HQ spending time in India, the Lebanon, Norway and Malawi. From 2006 he formed and then commanded 22 Signal Regiment, taking it from an idea through to a 570 strong unit in a year and then in 2008/2009 delivering UK defence communications across Afghanistan.
  • As a full Colonel he spent 3 years leading the 60 strong MOD team responsible for Satcom and Strategic Radio, delivering global MOD connectivity largely through the Skynet 5 Private Finance Initiative.
  • He also served in the Balkans, Northern Ireland and with Airborne and Commando forces.


16 Nov 20. Ascent AeroSystems today announced that Gur Kimchi, former Vice President of Amazon Prime Air, has been elected to the company’s board of directors. He becomes the first outside board member. Gur is a technology veteran and an industry pioneer. After joining Amazon in 2012 he co-founded the Amazon Prime Air delivery-by-drone project and led the organization for the next 7 years, culminating recently with Amazon Prime Air’s FAA certification as a Part 135 commercial airline. Prior to Amazon, Gur spent ten years at Microsoft where he was integral in the development of key technologies including Virtual Earth & Bing Maps, Contextual & Geosocial search, Cloud Infrastructure, Augmented and Virtual Reality, and Enterprise Communications. A veteran of five early stage companies, Gur previously served on the board of Waze (acquired by Google) and was one of the early developers of VoIP technology and IP-based telecommunications interoperability standards. Gur is a founding member of the FAA Drone Advisory Committee, and worked in collaboration with the FAA, SESAR, NASA, and ICAO on the development of the Federated Airspace Management Architecture, enabling the safe integration of drones into the airspace around the world. (Source: PR Newswire)

19 Nov 20. Cyber Industry Association Names Two Bechtel Security Experts as Fellows. CS2AI announces Katie Pehrson and Charlie Givens as trusted cybersecurity industry experts. Bechtel, a leading provider of defense and security services for government and commercial customers, announced today that Katie Pehrson and Charlie Givens have been appointed to Control System Cyber Security Association International’s ((CS)2AI) fellowship program. (CS)2AI is a global not-for-profit workforce development organization supporting professionals who secure industrial control systems. The appointment is based on Pehrson and Givens’ more than 25 years of combined experience in evolving Bechtel’s cybersecurity customer initiatives. Together, they have made outstanding contributions to the industry and their profession by serving as technology experts in the field of industrial control systems cybersecurity, the organization said. The (CS)2AI fellows play a key role in contributing to the professional association, which has more than 18,000 members around the world.

As cybersecurity subject-matter experts, Pehrson and Givens will provide (CS)2AI members and industry with support and expertise on complex technical challenges in the world of industrial control systems cybersecurity.  (Source: PR Newswire)

18 Nov 20. Lockheed Martin-owned Sikorsky’s President Dan Schultz is set to retire at the beginning of 2021 and Paul Lemmo, the company’s current vice president of integrated warfare systems and sensors, will take over the role, according to a Nov. 18 Lockheed statement. The bench will shift within Lockheed with Jon Rambeau, the current vice president of C6ISR, taking over for Lemmo. Gregg Bauer, vice president for undersea warfare, will assume Rambeau’s role. (Source: Defense News Early Bird/Defense News)

18 Nov 20. Oshkosh announced John Pfiefer as its next president and chief executive, replacing Wilson Jones, who plans to retire on April 2. Pfeifer joined Oshkosh in May 2019 as the head of the company’s Access Equipment, Fire & Emergency and Commercial segments. In May 2020, he was appointed president and assumed responsibility for the company’s defense segment and its global supply chain, digital technology and marketing functions. Prior to Oshkosh, Pfeifer led Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation that specializes in marine propulsion systems, and held various global business management positions with the ITT Corporation. Jones, who is also retiring as an Oshkosh board member, served the company for 15 years. (Source: Defense News Early Bird/Defense News)

18 Nov 20. Triumph Group [NYSE:TGI] (“Triumph” or the “Company”) today announced that President and Chief Executive Officer Daniel J. Crowley has entered into a new employment agreement with the Company for five years, through November 17, 2025, continuing the role he has held since January 2016.  The Company also today announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously elected Mr. Crowley as Board Chair, effective immediately. Mr. Crowley succeeds General Ralph “Ed” Eberhart, who has served as a director since June 2010 and as non-executive Chairman of the Board since April 2015. Gen. Eberhart will remain on the Board and will assume the role of Lead Independent Director, effective immediately. The Triumph Group Board of Directors comprises nine directors, eight of whom are independent and five of whom have been added to the Board since 2018. The employment agreement between Mr. Crowley and the Company will be filed as an exhibit to a Form 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. (Source: PR Newswire)

09 Nov 20. Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) has announced that Viasat’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Dankberg, has become the Executive Chairman of the company, which is a new position. Mr. Dankberg will continue in his role as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Viasat, Inc. The Company’s President and COO, Rick Baldridge, has been named President and CEO. These executive changes went into effect on November 3, 2020. This evolution formalizes the way Dankberg and Baldridge have been operating for the past several years. As Executive Chairman, Dankberg will continue to focus on advancing the strategic technology and business direction of the company, as well as continue to influence the national and global space and broadband regulatory environments that are critical to Viasat’s global strategy. As President and CEO, Baldridge will continue his executive and operational leadership, with a focus on building and growing a customer-centric organization that will continue to deliver compelling global services and products. Baldridge will maintain his seat on the Viasat Board of Directors. This leadership evolution is an initial step in the company’s long-term succession plan, creating a foundation for the development of future generations of executive leadership. This seamless transition comes at an important time in Viasat’s growth where the demands for innovation, leadership and operational execution are paramount in scaling the Company as it prepares for the impending launch of the ViaSat-3 global constellation. The new constellation will expand Viasat’s reach and capabilities into new geographies and emerging vertical markets, further broadening the Company’s broadband and technology leadership positions.

“This represents a natural evolution and will best serve the interests of Viasat’s long-term future, as we execute against our plan to deliver ubiquitous, affordable connectivity that will help close the global digital divide,” said Dankberg. “Rick has been managing virtually all of the Company’s operations and key direct reports for several years, while I have been focused on technology innovation, industry thought leadership and regulatory issues at a time of dynamic change and opportunity within the space and broadband sectors. I’m very pleased Rick has agreed to take on the CEO role. We have built a close relationship through the years that is reflected in every part of Viasat – from our company culture, to our business strategies and operational execution. And for me personally, this is an opportunity to define a role where I can continue to contribute to our success for years to come.”

Baldridge added, “I am honored to lead Viasat, a company that I have devoted many years to help build. We have leading technology, strong business segments, exceptional people and the resources needed to make the Company a formidable global player in broadband communications. In working with the Board of Directors, Mark and the global Viasat team, we will continue to embrace new and emerging technologies that enable us to elevate our customers’ experiences, extend our market leadership and deliver long-term, differentiated value for our stakeholders. On a personal note, I want to thank Mark for his continued confidence and trust in what we can achieve together—we have worked hand-in-hand for quite some time dividing tasks on a situational basis. This transition gives us the chance to form a stronger structure for future succession and global growth.” (Source: Satnews)


18 Nov 20. Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. Board of Directors, chaired by Harel Locker, approved the search committee’s recommendation to nominate Mr. Boaz Levy as IAI’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Levy succeeds Maj. General (ret.) Nimrod Sheffer, who stepped down as CEO on October 31, 2020. The nomination will be submitted to the Minister of Defense, Lt. General (ret) Benjamin Gantz, and the Minister for Cyber & National Digital Matters, Dudi Amsalem who supervising the Israel Government Companies Authority. Boaz Levy’s career at IAI spans over 30 years. In 1990 he joined the company as an engineer for the Arrow Project and in 1999 became the project’s chief engineer. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Levy headed the induction of the Arrow-2 into operational service after going through numerous successful test flights. From 2006 to 2010 he headed the Barak-8 program, which evolved into one of the world’s most advanced air defense systems and became one of IAI’s most significant growth engines. In 2010, Boaz Levy was appointed as general manager of IAI’s air defense division and in 2013 he became Vice President of the Systems Missiles and Space Group, leading the group to become IAI’s most profitable and successful business unit. Over the years, Levy has pursued groundbreaking technological developments that are cornerstones of Israel’s defense. Several of those programs have won the Israel Defense Prize presented annually by the President of Israel to people and organizations who made significant contributions to the defense of the State of Israel. Levy is also responsible for some of the largest defense export sales in Israel’s history, including the sale of the Barak Weapon System worth over $6bn US. Born in 1961, Levy is married and a father of two. He graduated from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology as an aerospace engineer with MSc in Systems Engineering. (Source: UAS VISION)


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