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Defence Analytical Consultant

Salary: Position: Not Specified Location: Farnborough

Job Type: Permanent

Job Description:

Defence Analytical Consultant

We are seeking Defence Analytical Consultants to join our growing team of consultants and analysts, working with our Defence sector clients in BAE Systems and the Ministry of Defence. At CORDA, we combine technical capabilities in modelling and analysis with client-facing consultancy skills, to ensure we deliver high-impact advice based on robust evidence. We work across a range of sectors, including defence, transport, security and policing. We are in a period of growth, so require exceptional candidates to join our team of dynamic consultants. We are seeking candidates with capabilities and experience in modelling, analysis and Operational Research (e.g. simulation modelling, spreadsheet modelling, data analytics, cost/benefit analysis) or related consultancy skills (e.g. workshop facilitation, problem structuring, process analysis). As and Analytical Consultant – Defence, you will focus on winning and delivering consultancy projects in the Defence sector. We welcome applications from candidates with a proven track record in delivering analytical projects for Government and within the Defence industry.

We are also interested in candidates who have experience working in customer teams and who have an ability to identify and win new business opportunities.

CORDA is based in Farnborough, Hampshire, but since our consultants will often work alongside our clients anywhere in the UK, there is some flexibility in the base location for this role.

As well as ad hoc business travel, there may also be opportunities for you to work overseas or onsite with clients for longer periods of time.

Depending on your experience, your responsibilities as an Analytical Consultant – Defence may involve:

*Working within project teams to deliver modelling/analysis/consultancy projects to time, cost and quality Consulting with clients to understand their requirements and develop solutions.

*Communicating and presenting findings to clients Delivering written reports to customers Ensuring that the appropriate technical assurance is applied to your analytical work to ensure that it is fit-for-purpose and meets the client’s needs.

*Building and maintaining relationships with both customers and stakeholders.

*Conducting and supporting business winning activities including customer engagement and proposal writing.

Your experience will ideally include some or all of the following: *Delivery of analysis/consultancy projects in the Defence sector .

*Working with clients and stakeholders in the MOD, Front Line Commands, Dstl, DE&S, NATO or the defence industry.

*Managing projects to agreed budgets and timescales.

*Experience of report writing and presenting to customers or stakeholders.

*Experience of business winning and proposal writing.

*A degree in a numerate subject, or relevant experience to offset

.What we’re looking for in you: Ability to effectively prioritise, demonstrate good time management, etc. Self-motivated and comfortable working individually and within a team Good communication and interpersonal skills towards clients and internal project team

Salary: Competitive – dependent on skills and experience Location: Farnborough

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan.

We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive. BAE Systems BAE Systems is one of the world’s leading global defence, security and aerospace companies.

We work at the cutting edge of technology, creating more than 100 new inventions every year for customers in over 100 countries. Shared Services If you’d like to make a real difference where it counts, BAE Systems is the place for you. From keeping soldiers, sailors and pilots safe to helping countries prosper, from developing the next generation of supersonic aircraft to investing in the next generation of super-smart talent – at BAE Systems, we work together to give our customers an essential edge in protecting the things that really matter. Lives, livelihoods, ways of life. As part of the Shared Services team, you’ll be at the heart of this endeavour – working closely with our air, maritime, land and cyber and intelligence businesses to support our customers around the world. Join us and you’ll be encouraged and rewarded to excel in this important work. Apply your talent where it counts. We recognise that an inclusive and diverse workplace – where all employees feel respected, valued and able to achieve their full potential – is vitally important. Not only does it inspire creativity and collaboration, it’s good for business. We celebrate our differences and believe our diverse skills, abilities and perspectives strengthen our culture and our overall performance. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people.

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we sometimes close our vacancies early. It is therefore advisable to apply as early as possible if you would like to be considered for a role with BAE Systems.

LOCATIONS

LAND

05 Jan 21. Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard to relocate to Changxing Island near Shanghai. The second phase in the construction of a new shipyard that will result in the relocation of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation’s (CSSC’s) Hudong-Zhonghua yard from the Huangpu River in Shanghai commenced on 4 January, according to a CSSC post on the Weibo social media outlet.

Hudong-Zhonghua is one of the principal naval shipyards in China and is currently constructing the third 35,000 tonne Type 075 (Yushen)-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) vessel for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) as well as four Type 054A/P-class frigates for the Pakistan Navy. Its output over the past 10 years includes seven Type 071-class amphibious assault ships, 13 Type 054A (Jiangkai II)-class frigates, 22 Type 056 Jiangdao-class corvettes and eight Type 815A-class specialist intelligence collection ships. It is also very active in commercial shipbuilding. The site for the new shipyard is on Changxingdao (Changxing Island), adjacent to the Jiangnan shipyard where the PLAN’s first carrier configured for catapult-assisted take-off but arrested recovery (CATOBAR) aircraft operations is under construction, as well as Type 055 and Type 052D destroyers. The Jiangnan shipyard relocated to newly built facilities on Changxingdao in 2008/9 from a site in Shanghai on the Huangpu River, upstream of the current Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard.

At the new Hudong-Zhonghua site additional jetties were constructed around 2014, and existing ones extended, creating berthing facilities extending nearly 3,000 m, indicating that the relocation is part of a long-term plan. From a computer-generated image of the new facility, Phase 2 will include construction of two large graving docks, a fitting-out basin and the extensive covered facilities required by a shipbuilder engaged in advanced warship building. (Source: Jane’s)

MARITIME

04 Jan 21. GRSE starts ASW-SWC corvette production in partnership with Larsen & Toubro. India’s state-owned Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) held a steel cutting ceremony for the first of eight anti-submarine warfare shallow-water craft (ASW-SWC) on order for the Indian Navy at its partner shipyard, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), in Kattupalli, near Chennai, on 31 December 2020. It is understood that five of the ASW-SWC hulls (with an option for one more) will be built by L&T, a private-sector shipyard, with GRSE handling the procurement of supplies, raw material, and equipment.

The vessels are being built under a contract awarded to GRSE in April 2019 valued at INR63.11bn (USD855.2m). Owing to Covid-19-related delays, the start of production of the first hull has slipped four months behind schedule. The tentative delivery plan calls for the handover of the first ship in October 2022, followed by two every 12 months until deliveries complete in October 2026. State-owned Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) is also building eight ASW-SWC hulls under a contract in April 2019 for the same value and with a similar delivery schedule. CSL started production on 1 December 2020.

GRSE’s variant has an overall length of 77.6m, a beam of 10.5m, a draft of 2.7m, and a deep displacement of around 900 tonnes. Although the dimensions are similar to CSL’s variant, there are external differences between the two variants based on imagery released to date. The waterjet-powered ship, with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, has been designed for a top speed of 25kt and a range of 1800n miles. (Source: Jane’s)

31 Dec 20. New in 2021: Here are all the ships the US Navy will commission and christen in the coming year. The U.S. Navy will commission seven ships in 2021 and christen another eight, according to data provided by Naval Sea Systems Command. The guided-missile destroyer fleet will welcome DDG-118, Daniel Inouye, named after the late U.S. senator from Hawaii, while the littoral combat ships Oakland, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Mobile are expected to join the LCS community.

The expeditionary mobile base Miguel Keith will be commissioned, named in honor of the late Marine Corps lance corporal who received a posthumous Medal of Honor for heroism during the Vietnam War.

Undersea, the fast-attack submarines Oregon and Montana will also enter the fleet, according to NAVSEA.

The Navy unveils name for new class of guided-missile frigates

Scheduled for christening in 2021 are three destroyers, Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee, Carl M. Levin and Jack Lucas.

The expeditionary fast transport Apalachicola and the amphibious transport dock Fort Lauderdale with also be commissioned.

Replenishment oilers John Lewis and Harvey V. Milk will also be christened, as will the fast-attack sub Rickover. (Source: Navy Times)

AIR

31 Dec 20. PAC Kamra rolls out final 14 JF-17B fighters for Pakistan Air Force. The Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) at Kamra rolled out on 30 December the final 14 of 26 dual-seat JF-17B Thunder multirole combat aircraft ordered by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in late 2017.

The move comes after the PAF received the first 12 JF-17Bs earlier this year. All 26 aircraft will be operated in both the operational conversion and tactical roles, either by working as part of the five frontline squadrons or under a new Operational Conversion Unit.

The PAF also announced on 30 December that PAC Kamra has officially launched production of the Block III variant of the JF-17, which was developed in collaboration with China’s Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group (CAIG) and made its maiden flight in December 2019 from the CAIG’s production facility at Chengdu-Huangtianba.

The Block III variant will feature the China Electronics Technology Group (CETC) KLJ-7A active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, enhanced electronic warfare systems, increased payload, as well as the capability to deploy more sophisticated and longer-range weapons.

The new AESA radar will eventually be integrated into the 26 JF-17Bs and there is also the possibility of earlier-built Block I and Block II JF-17s being retrofitted with the KLJ-7A.

There are currently two CAIG-built Block III JF-17 aircraft being test-flown in China by both Chinese and Pakistani pilots.

The first PAC Kamra-built Block III JF-17 is expected to fly during the second half of 2021. There is a requirement for 50 Block III JF-17 aircraft over the next three years.  (Source: Jane’s)

06 Jan 21. Kaman K-1200 K-MAX Helicopter Achieves Brazil Type Certification. Kaman Air Vehicles, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE: KAMN), today announced that the Agencia Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) in Brazil has issued the Type Certificate for the Kaman K-1200 K-MAX® helicopter. Kaman has been marketing the K-MAX® helicopter to various Brazilian operators, power line, oil and gas firms, and engineering companies over the past two years, and this certification clears the path for K-MAX® operations in Brazil.

“The K-MAX® is ideally suited for operations throughout the country of Brazil,” said Roger Wassmuth, Senior Director of Business Development. “We believe the K-MAX® offers a cost-effective value proposition for infrastructure building of much needed power lines.”

“Kaman’s engineering team, working in conjunction with the FAA Boston Office and the ANAC offices, worked diligently to provide technical and operational information on the K-MAX®, and we are pleased that this important milestone has been realized,” said Darlene Smith, Vice President and General Manager of the Kaman Air Vehicles division.

The K-MAX® is a rugged, low-maintenance aircraft that features a counter-rotating rotor system and is optimized for repetitive external load operations. The aircraft can lift up to 6,000 pounds (2,722 kg) with unmatched performance in hot and high conditions. (Source: ASD Network)

PLANT CLOSURES, JOB LOSSES AND STRIKES

31 Dec 20. New in 2021: Older planes bound for the Boneyard. The USAF in 2021 will start working on retiring multiple aircraft — but not as many as it had hoped. Service leaders originally asked Congress for permission to mothball more than 100 aircraft, freeing up funds that could instead be used to modernize areas including space technologies and Combined Joint All-Domain Command and Control. But Congress pulled back on the Air Force’s plans in the 2021 defense authorization bill passed in December. (The House has voted to overide President Trump’s veto of the bill, and the Senate is now poised to do the same.) For example, the key spending bill blocked the Air Force from retiring any of its A-10 Warthogs, KC-135 Stratotankers, or its Block 20 and 30 RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drones. However, the Air Force did get the greenlight to retire some bombers, cargo planes, and other tankers. The Air Force plans to retire 17 of its oldest B-1B Lancer bombers, which require significant maintenance and are straining the Air Force’s ranks of maintainers.

Congress also granted permission to retire six KC-10s in fiscal 2021, and a total of 30 tankers over the next three years. And the bill leaves the door open for the Air Force to retire some older C-130 cargo planes. (Source: Airforce Times)

MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT

PERSONNEL

08 Jan 21. MG Pearce completes tenure as Force Commander UN in Cyprus. Defence Minister, Linda Reynolds CSC has congratulated Major General Cheryl Pearce following two years as the Force Commander, United Nations Force in Cyprus. Major General Cheryl Pearce recently completed her tenure on 4 January 2021.

Since January 2019, Major General Pearce has commanded over 800 peacekeepers representing 15 nations, marking the first time the UN Force in Cyprus has been led by an all-female leadership team, with other key roles held by Canadian and Chinese personnel.

Minister for Defence, Linda Reynolds CSC congratulated Major General Pearce for her contribution to global peacekeeping efforts.

“Australia has a long and proud history of contributing to international peacekeeping and peace building efforts. The involvement of women in peacekeeping operations, especially at senior levels, enhances the prospects of reaching sustainable peace,” Minister Reynolds said.

The United Nations Force in Cyprus was established by the UN Security Council in 1964 to prevent a recurrence of fighting between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, and contribute to the maintenance of law and order.

Minister Reynolds added, “Over the past two years, Major General Pearce has led the UN Force in Cyprus during the conduct of peace and stability operations across the buffer zone, which is a product of the long-standing ceasefire arrangement that has been in place since 1974.”

As a long-standing contributor to United Nations peacekeeping, Australia currently has a number of Australian Defence Force personnel serving in key peacekeeping roles overseas. (Source: Defence Connect)

30 Dec 20. Biden selects Hicks, Kahl for top Pentagon roles. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden plans to tap Kathleen Hicks as deputy secretary of defense and Colin Kahl as the undersecretary of defense for policy, bringing in two experienced hands to guide the Pentagon under the defense secretary nominee, Lloyd Austin.

The Biden campaign announced the moves Wednesday, shortly after The Washington Post broke the news, as well as the unofficial pick of Kelly Magsamen to serve as Austin’s chief of staff.

“These respected, accomplished civilian leaders will help lead the Department of Defense with integrity and resolve, safeguard the lives and interests of the American people, and ensure that we fulfill our most sacred obligation: to equip and protect those who serve our country, and to care for them and their families both during and after their service,” Biden said in a statement. “Dr. Kath Hicks and Dr. Colin Kahl have the broad experience and crisis-tested judgment necessary to help tackle the litany of challenges we face today, and all those we may confront tomorrow.”

Hicks would be the highest-ranking civilian woman confirmed by the Senate to a job at the Pentagon. (Christine Fox served as acting deputy secretary for several months during the Obama administration, but was not confirmed for that role.) Hicks’ selection comes after Biden picked Austin over Michèle Flournoy for the top DoD job, which increased pressure on the Biden team to pick a woman for the No. 2 role at the department.

A former Obama-era undersecretary of defense for policy and the current leader of Biden’s DoD transition team — which is currently enmeshed in a fight with the Trump administration about access at the department — Hicks is a well-known voice in national security circles. Since leaving the department, she has served on a number of congressionally mandated boards and has been a fixture at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank.

Hicks and Frank Kendall, a former acquisition head at the department, were seen as the two finalists for the role; Kendall has also been mentioned as a potential Army secretary nominee.

Kahl will take over the policy shop after several years of what analysts and officials there described as being sidelined by both Trump administration officials and the joint staff. Kahl served as an action officer in the policy shop early in his career, and was deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East from 2009 to 2011.

Most notably, he served as then-Vice President Biden’s national security adviser from 2014 to 2017, giving him a direct relationship to President Barack Obama — something that may be useful in the policy role, which involves coordination with other government agencies.

The selections of Kahl and Hicks continue a trend of the Biden team picking people who have a close relationship to the president-elect and his team.

Magsamen, currently vice president for national security and international policy at the Center for American Progress, brings both National Security Council experience and Pacific-focused knowledge to the job of Austin’s chief of staff. She served as principle deputy assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs, later performing the duties of the assistant secretary of defense for that role. (Source: Defense News)

EUROPE APPOINTMENTS

05 Jan 21. High Value Manufacturing Catapult names Katherine Bennett CBE as successor to current CEO Dick Elsy CBE. The Board of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVM Catapult) has announced today that Katherine Bennett, currently Senior Vice President, Airbus in the UK, will succeed Dick Elsy when he retires as CEO of the Catapult later in 2021. The announcement follows a formal recruitment process led by the Chair of the HVM Catapult, Allan Cook CBE. (Source: News Now/https://www.politicshome.com/)

06 Jan 21. First Female Army Officer To Command At Two-Star Level Appointed. Major General Sharon Nesmith will take charge of recruitment and training. A female officer will lead a division-level command for the first time in British Army history. Major General Sharon Nesmith, who joined the service in 1992, has become General Officer Commanding (GOC) the Army Recruiting and Initial Training Command (ARITC) and will manage the Army’s intake process. With an annual budget of more than £200m, Maj Gen Nesmith will oversee the make-up of the Regular and Reserve officers and soldiers, including recruitment and subsequent training. More than 35,000 students are trained on more than 280 Army courses each year, and the newly appointed GOC will be in charge of 6,000-plus people working in the UK and abroad to ensure that happens. (Source: Pen & Sword)

05 Jan 21. Change of British High Commissioner to India: Alex Ellis.

Mr Alex Ellis CMG has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Republic of India in succession to Sir Philip Barton KCMG OBE. Mr Ellis will take up his appointment during January 2021.

Curriculum vitae

Full name: Alexander Ellis

Married to: Teresa Adegas

Children: One son

Dates

Role

2020 to present

Cabinet Office, Deputy National Security Adviser

2017 to 2019

Department for Exiting the European Union, Director General

2013 to 2017

Brasilia, Her Majesty’s Ambassador

2011 to 2013

FCO, Director of Strategy

2007 to 2010

Lisbon, Her Majesty’s Ambassador

2005 to 2007

Adviser to the President of the European Commission

1990 to 2005

Postings to Lisbon, Madrid and to EU. British Government negotiation team on euro, EU Budget framework, Treaty of the EU and EU Enlargement; worked on South Africa’s transition to multi party democracy. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)

07 Jan 21. Change of British High Commissioner to Rwanda: Omar Daair.

Mr Omar Daair has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Republic of Rwanda in succession to Ms Joanne Lomas who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Daair will take up his appointment during July 2021.

Curriculum Vitae

Full name: Omar Talal Ali Daair

Year

Role

2019 to 2020

Department for International Development (DFID), Head of Europe Department

2018 to 2019

FCO/DFID, Private Secretary to the Minister for Africa

2017

Cabinet Office, Senior Policy Adviser, National Security Capabilities Review, National Security Secretariat

2014 to 2016

FCO, Deputy Head, Africa (East and West) Department

2011 to 2014

Washington, First Secretary – Africa, UN and Conflict issues

2010 to 2011

Juba, Head of British Embassy Office

2008 to 2010

FCO, Head of NATO policy team

2005 to 2008

Khartoum, Senior Political Officer and Head of Press

2004 to 2005

Full-time Language Training (Arabic)

2002 to 2003

FCO, Desk Officer, Southern European Department (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)

06 Jan 21. Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Yemen: Richard Oppenheim. Mr Richard Oppenheim has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen in succession to Mr Michael Aron. Mr Oppenheim will take up his appointment in July 2021.

Curriculum vitae

Full name: Richard Oppenheim

Dates

Role

2018 to present

Riyadh, Deputy Head of Mission

2017 to 2018

Cabinet Office, Deputy Director and Commonwealth Envoy, Commonwealth Summit Unit

2017

FCO, Prosperity Fund Transition Co-ordinator, Economic Diplomacy Directorate

2015 to 2017

Tokyo, Counsellor – Political (Security/External)

2011 to 2015

Tokyo, First Secretary – Climate Change and Energy

2010

Full-time Language Training (Japanese)

2007 to 2009

Baghdad, First Secretary and Head of Political Section

2005 to 2007

Muscat, Second Secretary – Political, Press and Public Affairs; Baghdad Temporary duty (one month) in 2007 as Head of Crisis Management Team; Basra Temporary duty (one month) 2006 as Head of Chancery

2004 to 2005

Full-time Language Training (Arabic)

2003

New York, Committee Support Office, UK Permanent Mission to the UN

2002 to 2003

FCO, Desk Officer, EU Enlargement/Turkey/Cyprus, Europe Directorate (External) (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)

04 Jan 21. Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Somalia: Kate Foster. Ms Kate Foster OBE has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Somalia in succession to Mr Ben Fender OBE who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Ms Foster will take up her appointment during February 2021.

Curriculum vitae

Full name: Kate Foster

Year

Role

2018 to Present

Cabinet Office, Deputy Director, International Affairs, National Security Secretariat then UK Defence Academy Higher Command and Staff Course

2017

Department for International Development, Head, Africa Strategy

2015 to 2017

Department for International Development, Head, Africa Conflict and Humanitarian Unit then Head, Yemen

2014 to 2015

UK Ebola Response, Chief of Operations, Sierra Leone

2012 to 2014

Crown Agents, Deputy Director, Department for International Development Conflict & Humanitarian Operations Team

2011 to 2012

Save the Children, Programme Director, Emergency Response

2008 to 2011

International Rescue Committee then Save the Children, Programme Director South Sudan

2006 to 2008

International Rescue Committee, Governance Programme Co-ordinator

2004 to 2005

UNHCR/Right to Play, Head Refugee Youth Engagement, Sierra Leone and Liberia

1999 to 2004

Appointments in the Private Sector (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)

U.S. APPOINTMENTS

06 Jan 21. MEASURE, a leading aerial intelligence company, and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao, announced Brandon Torres Declet, CEO and Co-Founder of MEASURE has been appointed to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Drone Advisory Committee (DAC).  The DAC is a broad-based, long-term federal advisory committee that provides the FAA advice on key drone integration issues by helping to identify challenges and prioritize improvements. The committee helps to create a broad strategy for the safe integration of drones into the National Airspace System. Brandon Torres Declet one of 12 appointees providing advice to the Secretary of Transportation on drone regulation.

New members include:

  • Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation
  • Dr. Paul Hsu, Founder and Chair, HSU Foundation
  • Matt Parker, President, Precision Integrated Programs
  • Molly Wilkinson, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, American Airlines
  • Brad Hayden, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Robotic Skies
  • David Carbon, Vice President and General Manager, Amazon Prime Air
  • Adam Bry, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Skydio
  • Kenji Sugahara, President and Chief Executive Officer, Drone Service Providers Alliance
  • Brandon Torres Declet, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, MEASURE
  • Dr. Jaiwon Shin, Executive Vice President, Head of UAM Division and Chief Executive Officer, Genesis Air Mobility
  • Dr. Catherine Cahill, Director, Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration
  • Vic Moss, Owner, Moss Photography (Source: PR Newswire)

07 Jan 21. USAF Col. Terrence A. Adams for appointment to the rank of brigadier general. Adams is currently serving as the chief, Strategic Assessments Division, Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Cyber Effects Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

07 Jan 21. USAF Col. Curtis R. Bass for appointment to the rank of brigadier general. Bass is currently serving as the senior executive officer to the chief of staff of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

08 Jan 21. USAF Col. Dennis O. Bythewood for appointment to the rank of brigadier general, U.S. Space Force. Bythewood is currently serving as the senior materiel leader and director, Special Programs, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California.

08 Jan 21. USAF  Col. Todd R. Moore for appointment to the rank of brigadier general, U.S. Space Force.  Moore is currently serving as the deputy director, Inspector General, Space Operations Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

08 Jan 21. USAF  Col. Devin R. Pepper for appointment to the rank of brigadier general, U.S. Space Force.  Pepper is currently serving as the commander, Buckley Garrison, U.S. Space Force, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado.

08 Jan 21. USAF  Col. James E. Smith for appointment to the rank of brigadier general, U.S. Space Force.  Smith is currently serving as the commander, Peterson-Schriever Garrison, U.S. Space Force, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

INDUSTRY

PERSONNEL

02 Jan 21. Lockheed Martin Statement on the Passing of Aeronautics Executive Vice President Michele Evans. The following is a statement from Lockheed Martin President and CEO James Taiclet: Michele Evans, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Aeronautics business area”The entire Lockheed Martin team was saddened to learn that Aeronautics Executive Vice President Michele Evans passed away on New Year’s Day. Throughout her career, Michele led some of the most important programs that ensure the security of our nation and its allies and help make our world a safer place. She embodied our company’s values in spirit and action every day – to do what’s right, respect others, and perform with excellence. Her example was an inspiration to those of us fortunate enough to have worked with her closely, and her leadership in the aerospace and defense industry will have a lasting impact for years to come. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family, the entire Lockheed Martin team, and everyone she touched in her remarkable life and career.”

About Michele Evans

With more than 34 years of experience in the defense and aerospace industry, Evans led a significant number of programs in support of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy; as well as for commercial and international military customers. She most recently served as executive vice president of the Aeronautics business area for Lockheed Martin. She also was actively involved in Lockheed Martin’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, serving as the executive sponsor for the Women’s Impact Network.

Evans held positions of increasing responsibility during her career at Lockheed Martin. At the corporation’s Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS) business area, she served as vice president and general manager of the Integrated Warfare Systems and Sensors line of business. While at RMS, she also served as vice president for C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) and worked in the Undersea line of business. In addition, Michele was vice president for Business Development and Strategy for the Mission Systems and Training organization. Throughout her career, she was responsible for multiple platform programs including the A-10 weapons system as well as avionics programs on the C-130 and F-35. And she was the executive manager for multiple domestic and international campaign wins for Lockheed Martin.

Evans graduated magna cum laude from Clarkson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. She served on the boards of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and Girls Inc., and was a member of Clarkson’s Coulter School of Engineering Advisory Board.

She is survived by her husband David and two sons, Clark and Parker.

EUROPE APPOINTMENTS

05 Jan 21. Farnborough Aerospace Consortium (FAC) has appointed Graham Chisnall as its new chairman. Chisnall replaces Sir Donald Spiers who has retired from the role after almost 20 years of service. Chisnall has held senior roles with British Aerospace, GKN Aerospace and ADS. With tighter lockdown restrictions announced again yesterday, Chisnall joins FAC at a difficult time for the industry. He said that the sector would take time to climb out of its “current trough.” He added “many businesses will have to hunker down and concentrate on survival”. (Source: FII)

07 Jan 21. Guidehouse, a leading consultancy and solutions provider to the public and commercial sectors, has appointed Don Heckman as Defense Cyber Solutions Leader. Bringing more than 36 years of Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC) cybersecurity experience, Heckman will partner with clients to deliver cyber resilience for DoD policy, strategy, IT and weapon system cybersecurity. His focus encompasses all aspects of cyber and secure information sharing, ranging from innovative approaches to cyber strategy, policy, security architecture and engineering, to initiatives such as controls for IT modernization, Risk Management Framework (RMF) transformation, identity and access management evolution and data protection.

Prior to joining Guidehouse in 2020, Heckman served in the Pentagon as both the Department of Defense Principal Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity and the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, where he was responsible for overseeing the DoD’s $8 billion cybersecurity program and ensuring compliance with U.S. cybersecurity laws, regulations and standards. He has also led two of the largest cybersecurity solutions organizations at the National Security Agency, providing cybersecurity technology and services to the US Armed Forces, DoD and Intelligence agencies, and international allies. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)

U.S. APPOINTMENTS

06 Jan 21. Delphon, a worldwide provider of engineered polymer and adhesive products for the semiconductor, photonics, medical and aerospace industries, announced today the appointment of Joseph Montano as President. Reporting directly to CEO Jeanne Beacham, Joe will serve a critical role in the company’s leadership team as Delphon continues to grow through new product innovations and future acquisitions. (Source: PR Newswire)

05 Jan 21. Kleos Space S.A (ASX:KSS, Frankfurt:KS1) a space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data-as-a-service (DaaS) company, continues to strengthen its global senior leadership team, appointing seasoned industry executive Eric von Eckartsberg as its Chief Revenue Officer. US-based Eric von Eckartsberg is a highly qualified business executive with an extensive background leading rapid growth in international sales and business development teams within the defence and intelligence sectors. His extensive industry expertise includes senior leadership roles at satellite imagery and geospatial services providers Maxar Corporation (NYSE:MAXR) and Vricon Inc, network security analytics platform RedSeal Networks, and advanced AI and text analytics software company Basis Technology Corp. He also served as a US Government Intelligence Officer for more than a decade.   Eric will be responsible for Kleos’ global sales, the business development and sales teams and strategic customer partnerships.

06 Jan 21. Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX) today announced that Marie R. Sylla-Dixon has joined the company effective Jan. 4, 2021 as chief diversity officer (CDO). Sylla-Dixon will report directly to Chief Executive Officer Gregory Hayes and serve as a member of the company’s executive leadership team. As CDO, Sylla-Dixon will be responsible for leading Raytheon Technologies’ diversity, equity and inclusion strategy. The role will integrate initiatives across the four pillars of talent management, community engagement, public policy and supplier diversity, and shape externally how the company shows up in its communities.  As part of its commitment to improving communities, Raytheon Technologies has made a $25m, five-year community engagement and philanthropic commitment to support marginalized individuals and communities through programs focused on racial justice, empowerment and career readiness. The company is also supporting the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation with the establishment of its first-ever Defense and Aerospace Policy Fellowships, and has expanded its support for the Faith & Politics Institute and the Equal Justice Initiative to address understanding and discourse around issues of race.  Sylla-Dixon joins Raytheon Technologies from T-Mobile US where she spent 11 years, most recently serving as vice president for government and external affairs, leading T-Mobile’s DE&I efforts and community outreach through the company’s recent merger with Sprint. She spearheaded the operational management of the company’s diversity and inclusion commitments including a community investment focused on workforce development, digital literacy and adoption, and programming for underserved and underrepresented communities, and has worked with national civil rights groups. Prior to T-Mobile, Sylla-Dixon served as vice president for government relations at Verizon Communications. Sylla-Dixon holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Hampton University and a Juris Doctorate from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.

06 Jan 21. Voyager Space Holdings, Inc. (Voyager), a global leader in space exploration, today announced the appointment of Dr. Cheryl Shavers to the company’s Board of Directors. Alongside National Security Expert and four-star Air Force General William Shelton, leading investor Gabe Finke and world leading planetary Scientist, Dr. Alan Stern, Dr. Shavers will help the Board guide Voyager as it continues on its mission to create a vertically integrated, publicly traded NewSpace company. (Source: PR Newswire)

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