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14 Jan 21. GD NASSCO launches US Navy’s first replenishment oiler John Lewis. The US Navy’s first John Lewis-class fleet replenishment oiler, T-AO 205, has been launched at General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Corporation (NASSCO) shipyard in San Diego. The US Navy’s first John Lewis-class fleet replenishment oiler, T-AO 205, has been launched at General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Corporation (NASSCO) shipyard in San Diego. The future USNS John Lewis (T-AO 205) and its sister ships are being built to replenish fuel and stores for US Navy ships operating at sea, as well as jet fuel for aircraft assigned to carriers. The Military Sealift Command (MSC) will operate the vessels. In 2016, the US Navy awarded the company a contract for the construction of the next-generation of fleet oilers, previously known as the TAO(X). GD NASSCO will build a total of six vessels of the class. The oilers are designed to carry 156,000 barrels of oil, the navy’s new biofuels. Capable of reaching a speed of 20k, the vessels provide dry cargo capacity and aviation capability. The company commenced construction of the future USNS John Lewis (T-AO 205) in 2018. It will be christened later this year. Over 575t of steel was required for the construction of the 742ft-long vessel. General Dynamics NASSCO president Dave Carver said: “NASSCO is immensely honoured to be a part of this historic day launching the future John Lewis.
“This ship reaffirms our nation’s stability and represents the same strength, values and honour that her namesake, the Honourable John Lewis, stood for. The shipbuilders of NASSCO are proud to ensure his legacy will live on in this majestic vessel.”
The company noted that construction on the third John Lewis-class vessel, the future USNS Earl Warren (T-AO 207), started in late 2020. (Source: naval-technology.com)
11 Jan 21. Royal Navy commissions final Batch 2 River-class OPV HMS Spey. The British Royal Navy has commissioned the final Batch 2 River-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV), HMS Spey. The British Royal Navy has commissioned the final Batch 2 River-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV), HMS Spey. During a short ceremony, the White Ensign was raised on the offshore patrol vessel for the first time. HMS Spey is the fifth second-generation OPV procured for the navy. The vessels were built under a contract with BAE Systems and are worth a combined £635m. The 90m-long patrol vessels are fitted with a 30mm cannon and features a flight deck for accommodating the navy’s Merlin and Wildcat helicopters. The 2,000t ship, HMS Spey, was named by sponsor Lady Alison Johnstone during a naming ceremony at Scotstoun in 2019. Construction of the vessel began in April 2017 at Govan shipyard of BAE Systems. In September last year, HMS Spey began contractor sea trials.
Spey first commanding officer lieutenant commander Ben Evans said: “It is such a privilege to lead Spey’s complement through the coming trials and training programme and bring her to operational status.
“In spite of the considerable disruption caused by the pandemic, the Royal Navy has received the fifth and final offshore patrol vessel and our job now is to prepare ourselves and Spey for whatever operations we are assigned.”
HMS Spey will support counter-terrorism and anti-smuggling work. It will also be deployed in support of defence operations. It is yet to undergo safety and readiness checks. It will become formally operational later this year after completing Operational Sea Training. With the handover of Spey to the navy, the Batch 2 programme comes to an end. (Source: naval-technology.com)
08 Jan 21. Indonesia launches country’s second purpose-built hospital ship. Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL has launched the country’s second purpose-built hospital ship on order for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL). The vessel is on track to be delivered to the Indonesian Navy in October. The vessel, which will be in service as KRI Dr Wahidin Soedirohusodo (991) once commissioned, was launched on 7 January at PT PAL’s facilities in Surabaya. It was laid down in October 2019. (Source: Jane’s)
08 Jan 21. Royal Australian Navy formally accepts new AOR vessel from shipbuilder Navantia. The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has formally accepted the first of two Supply-class auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ships on order for the service from Spanish shipbuilder Navantia.
The Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced on 8 January that the 19,500-tonne vessel, which will be known as HMAS Supply (II) (with pennant number A195) once commissioned, is expected to sail into its homeport of Sydney in the coming days.
The vessel, which completed sea acceptance trials off the Spanish coast in August 2020 before arriving in Australia in October 2020 for final fit-out and testing activities, is one of two ships of the class ordered as part of an AUD642m (USD500m) contract signed in May 2016 under Australia’s Project Sea 1654 Phase 3 Maritime Operational Support Capability programme. Second-of-class Stalwart (III) (with pennant number A304) was launched on 30 August 2019 and is expected to join the RAN later this year. The 173.9m-long vessels, which are based on the Spanish Navy’s Cantabria-class AORs, are to replace the AOR ship HMAS Success (II), which was decommissioned on 29 June 2019 after 33 years of service, and the supply ship HMAS Sirius .
“With Australia’s current replenishment capability reaching its end of life in 2021, NUSHIP Supply will be the first AOR to replace the retired HMAS Success and bridge [the] navy’s current capability gap,” Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds was quoted as saying. (Source: Jane’s)
13 Jan 21. PTDI hands over first of nine Bell 412EPI helicopters to Indonesian Army. State-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) has delivered the first of nine Bell 412EPI multirole medium helicopters on order for the Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat or TNI-AD). The company said in a statement posted on Twitter that the rotorcraft, which was handed over to the service on 29 December 2020, is part of a USD183m contract signed with the Ministry of Defense in Jakarta in December 2018. As Janes reported in late 2019, the 412EPIs are being manufactured in the United States by Bell, a subsidiary of Textron, and then handed over to PTDI for customisation work before final delivery to the TNI-AD. At the time PTDI said that it would arm each of the helicopters with “sophisticated weaponry”, including a Gatling-type gun from US-based company Dillon Aero. No further details were provided, including when deliveries are set to be completed. In 2016 Bell and PTDI signed an extension to the original industrial and commercial agreement reached in 2012, enabling the two companies to expand their support and services in Indonesia to Bell helicopter operators. Bell and PTDI have been working together to support the Indonesian Armed Forces since 1982. (Source: Jane’s)
12 Jan 21. AVIC releases CGI of twin-seat J-20 fighter aircraft. The state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has for the first time released a computer-generated image (CGI) in a promotional video showing a twin-seat version of the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group (CAIG) J-20 ‘fifth-generation’ multirole fighter aircraft. While the concept of a two-seat variant of the J-20 is not new and CGIs of such a variant have circulated online for years, the fact that this latest image comes directly from AVIC increases the likelihood that such a variant will be produced. Released on 8 January on the WeChat social media platform, the CGI, which is part of an AVIC promotional video to mark the 10th anniversary of the J-20’s maiden flight on 11 January, shows four twin-seat J-20s flying in formation.
No details were provided about the variant.
The latest developments come after state-owned broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) showed a CGI of a twin-seat J-20 in January 2019, with the Global Times newspaper highlighting at the time the advantages of having two aircrew in a complex tactical environment and noting that China might be the first country to introduce a two-seat stealth combat aircraft.
This comes after footage from a promotional recruitment video released in early January for China’s People Liberational Army Air Force (PLAAF) indicated that J-20 fighters fitted with locally produced Shenyang-Liming WS10 ‘Taihang’-series turbofan engines have entered service with a training unit under the Central Theatre Command. (Source: Jane’s)
11 Jan 21. AW139 Will Be Colombia’s New Presidential Helicopter.
- The VVIP-configured aircraft, to be operated by the Colombian Air Force, is expected to be delivered in Spring this year
- The AW139’s success in Colombia grows further with five offshore transport units already in service in the country; the AW139M military variant is being offered by Leonardo to meet national military requirements
- Over 400 Leonardo civil and military helicopters are in service in Latin America today
The Leonardo AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter will be the new Presidential Transport helicopter in the Republic of Colombia. The aircraft, in a special VVIP configuration, is expected to be delivered in spring this year and will be operated by the Colombian Air Force.
The supply of this helicopter will make the Colombian Air Force the first military customer of the type in the country and will expand the existing AW139 fleet in Colombia. The model has already proven successful for civil transport operations supporting the Oil & Gas industry, with five units in service used by prime operator Helistar S.A.S. The Presidential AW139 will feature, among others, an eight-seat configuration in the largest cabin in its category, the highest safety standards and include a self-defence suite, typically integrated into other helicopters in the Head of State/Government transport role.
The selection of the AW139 VVIP in Colombia confirms the leading role of Leonardo in the world’s VIP multiengine helicopter market with a 40% share and grows the success of the type across Latin America for a range or roles, including VIP and offshore transport, law enforcement and public services. A successful model in the global military market thanks to its outstanding performance in hot & high, payload, versatility, latest technologies and modern serviceability approach often replacing the ageing UH-1 series, the AW139M military variant is also being proposed by Leonardo to respond to the multirole requirements of the Air Force, Army, National Police and Navy in Colombia. With over 400 civil and military helicopters in service in Latin America today, Leonardo is a major force in the rotorcraft sector across the region. (Source: ASD Network)
PLANT CLOSURES, JOB LOSSES AND STRIKES
13 Jan 21. Intel to replace Bob Swan as chief. Embattled US chip giant makes move just days before strategy update. Intel is replacing its chief executive Bob Swan after a series of manufacturing setbacks and competitive blunders that lost the veteran Silicon Valley company its crown as the top US chipmaker. Mr Swan, its former finance chief who held the top job for just over two years, will be succeeded on February 15 by former Intel veteran Pat Gelsinger, who is currently chief executive of VMware, the infrastructure software group. The company made the move just days before Mr Swan was expected to unveil Intel’s new manufacturing strategy, together with the company’s latest earnings. (Source: FT.com)
MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT
15 Jan 21. Statement by Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller on Force Levels in Afghanistan.
Today, U.S. force levels in Afghanistan have reached 2,500. Directed by President Trump, and as I announced on November 17, this drawdown brings U.S. forces in the country to their lowest levels since 2001. Today, the United States is closer than ever to ending nearly two decades of war and welcoming in an Afghan-owned, Afghan-led peace process to achieve a political settlement and a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire.
With a force of 2,500, commanders have what they need to keep America, our people and our interests safe. Working alongside our NATO allies and partners, the United States will continue to execute both our counterterrorism mission and the train, advise and assist mission in support of Afghan Security Forces working to secure peace in their country. Continued fulfillment of these two complementary missions seeks to ensure that Afghanistan is never again used to harbor those who seek to bring harm to the United States of America.
This force reduction is an indication of the United States’ continued support towards the Afghan peace process and our adherence to commitments made in both the U.S.-Taliban agreement and the U.S.-Afghanistan Joint Declaration. Moving forward, while the Department continues with planning capable of further reducing U.S. troop levels to zero by May of 2021, any such future drawdowns remain conditions-based. All sides must demonstrate their commitment to advancing the peace process. Further, the United States will continue to take any action necessary to ensure protection of our homeland, our citizens and our interests. (Source: US DoD)
15 Jan 21. Statement by Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller on Force Levels in Iraq.
“Today, the United States has reduced the force levels in Iraq to 2,500 as directed by President Trump, and as I announced on November 17, 2020. The drawdown of U.S. force levels in Iraq is reflective of the increased capabilities of the Iraqi Security Forces. We have long anticipated that the force level required to support Iraq’s fight against ISIS would decrease as Iraq’s capability to manage the threat from ISIS improves. Our ability to reduce force levels is evidence of real progress.
This force reduction is consistent with Operation Inherent Resolve’s (OIR) transition from major combat operations and does not equate to a change in U.S. policy. U.S. and Coalition forces remain in Iraq to ensure the enduring defeat of ISIS. The Government of Iraq and the U.S. Government agree that ISIS remains a threat and that a U.S. and Coalition presence remains vital. We will continue to have a counterterrorism platform in Iraq to support partner forces with airpower and intelligence. Most operations in Iraq were already being conducted by our Iraqi partners, enabled by U.S. and Coalition forces. We can continue to provide this support to our Iraqi partners at the reduced U.S. force level. The Iraqi people desire a secure, stable, and prosperous Iraq, able to defend itself against violent extremist groups and against those who would undermine Iraq’s security. We are committed to supporting our Iraqi partners in their efforts to achieve those objectives.” (Source: US DoD)
13 Jan 21. UK Space Agency CEO to step down. Graham Turnock, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, has announced he will leave his role in 2021. Following a 4-year term leading the Agency, which delivers the UK’s civil space programme, Graham will step down from his position this year. Recruitment for his successor will begin soon, and an announcement will be made in due course. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
12 Jan 21. Alex Chisholm, Chief Operating Officer for the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office has today announced the appointment of three senior Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) leaders by the Government:
- Paul Willmott will Chair a new Central Digital and Data Office (CDDO) for the Government
- Joanna Davinson will be appointed the Executive Director of CDDO
- Tom Read will be the new Chief Executive Officer of Government Digital Service (GDS)
The Cabinet Office will establish the Central Digital and Data Office for Government – the new strategic centre for Digital, Data and Technology for the Government – in early February. As the country looks ahead to new opportunities, including tackling coronavirus and rebuilding our economy, the Civil Service Digital, Data and Technology function will be integral to its success and these appointments will strengthen the leadership, power and presence in this critical area.
The Cabinet Office has invited Joanna Davinson, who has 30 years experience of technology enabled transformation to be the Executive Director of the Central Digital and Data Office, which will be chaired by Paul Willmott, Chief Digital Adviser for LEGO Brands Group, one of the UK’s most experienced digital executives and thought leaders. Tom Read will be the new Chief Executive Officer of Government Digital Service. The appointments have been approved by the Prime Minister.
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer for the Civil Service, the Central Digital and Data Office will shape strategy and assure delivery for Digital, Data and Technology across government. As Executive Director of the Central Digital and Data Office, Joanna Davinson will be the professional head of the government’s 18,000 strong Digital, Data and Technology profession and lead the Digital, Data and Technology function for Government.
As Chief Executive Officer of Government Digital Service, Tom Read will oversee the operation of their standards, controls and assurance functions, and enhance their focus on the development and delivery of new digital products and services.
Together, they will be responsible for shaping and delivering the government’s innovation and transformation strategies to overhaul legacy IT systems, strengthen our cyber security, improve capability, and ensure the government can better leverage data and emerging technologies. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
12 Jan 21. Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Panama: Tim Stew. Mr Tim Stew MBE has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Panama in succession to Mr Damion Potter who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Stew will take up his appointment during July 2021.
Full name: Timothy David Stew
Partner: Shabania Carter
Children: Two daughters, one son
2015 to 2020
Port of Spain, British High Commissioner
2010 to 2015
FCO, Head of the Arab Partnership
FCO, Strategic Finance, Senior Strategist
2007 to 2010
Kuwait City, Deputy Head of Mission
2003 to 2006
Cairo, Head of Political and Economic Teams
2000 to 2003
FCO, Head of Iraq Sanctions/Humanitarian Team
1996 to 1999
Belmopan, Deputy High Commissioner
1995 to 1996
Sarajevo, Third Secretary
1991 to 1995
Riyadh, Press Officer
1989 to 1991
London and Cairo, Language Student (Arabic) (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
08 Jan 21. Today, Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller announced the following appointments, pursuant to Sec. 370 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, to the Commission on the Naming of Items of the Department of Defense that Commemorate the Confederate States of America or Any Person Who Served Voluntarily with the Confederate States of America:
Sean McLean of California
Joshua Whitehouse of New Hampshire
Anne G. Johnston of North Carolina
Earl Matthews of Pennsylvania (Source: US DoD)
08 Jan 21. The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) announced that Dr. Seth G. Jones has been named director of the CSIS International Security Program and a senior vice president. Since joining CSIS in 2018, Dr. Jones has served as Harold Brown Chair and director of the Transnational Threats Project, titles he will continue to hold. He also was a senior adviser with the International Security Program.
12 Jan 21. IMCO Industries Team Up with Four Innovative Defense Companies for a Joint Show at the IDEX 2021 Exhibition.
Together with its subsidiaries, affiliates, and partners, IMCO is a One-Stop-Shop for end-to-end advanced defense solutions.
IMCO Industries is a leading provider of complex solutions for air, land, and naval defense applications. Towards the IDEX 2021 exhibition in Abu Dhabi, the company announces that it has teamed up with four innovative defense companies, which together with IMCO subsidiaries, Nir-Or and ADT, will be part of the IMCO stand.
The companies that will be part of the IMCO stand at the IDEX 2021 exhibition are:
Capture systems, which specializes in the design, development, and production of advanced modular multi-axial positioners; Innocon, an innovative Israeli developer and manufacturer of Tactical UAVs ranging from micro-UAVs to full-size light airplanes; AeroSol, a leading manufacturer in the tactical UAS industry that develops military drones and Quadcopters with unmatched performance for combat, and Sky Sapience, a leading provider of tethered hovering platforms enabling 24/7 real-time ISR.
These companies join IMCO Industries’ subsidiaries, Nir-Or, which designs, develops, manufactures and integrate innovative video systems for various military platforms that maximize survivability and lethality, and Advanced Defense Technologies Inc. (ADT), a US-based manufacturer of advanced electronic solutions for military and civilian applications.
Altogether, IMCO Group and partners offers design, development, and production of advanced modular multi-axial positioners and UAVs ranging from micro-UAVs weighing a mere 4 kg to 150 kg full-size UAVs, equipped with comprehensive command and control systems for the defense, HLS, and security markets. The quadcopters and mini-UAV’s are operated by a ruggedized GCS and are designed for rapid deployment with tactical teams and first responders.
At the IDEX 2021 exhibition, IMCO Group and partners will present its unique Terrain Dominance range of hardware and software solutions that offer scalable tactical superiority capability using drones and UAVs equipped with sensors, advanced modular multi-axial positioners, communications, advanced command and control systems, and independent computing power on the battlefield.
IMCO Industries CEO, Mr. Eitan Zait: “IMCO offers state of the art design, global production and project management capabilities to provide defense customers what they need, where they need it. Together with its subsidiaries, affiliates, and partners, IMCO is a Prime System Integrator for end-to-end advanced defense solutions that maximize survivability and lethality, and we look forward to presenting our state-of-the-art Terrain dominance solutions at the IDEX 2021 exhibition in Abu Dhabi”.
13 Jan 21. Clarion Defence and Security has appointed Dr Michael Holden as DSEI Space Adviser as the event will focus on the development of space capabilities to support international requirements. The appointment of Dr Holden as the first Space Adviser for DSEI cements the event’s position as the industry’s leading defence exhibition, and further expands its growth as a truly multi-domain event across the aerospace, land, naval, and cyber domains.
“The UK Government recognises the Space sector’s critical role in supporting many parts of the economy. DSEI is the leading event which highlights the interconnection of the Space sector to the land, sea, air and cyber sectors to provide a truly multi-domain approach to generating military capability,” says Dr Holden.
Dr Holden will lead the collaboration with the Space community to support these requirements. This will include supporting prime contractor and supply chain exhibitors, strengthening international delegation engagement, and attracting high-level military and industry speakers for the 2021 event.
DSEI 2021 is shaping up to have the strongest aerospace zone to date, with the Space Hub to complement fixed, rotary wing and unmanned platform displays, developed in partnership with the UK MOD.
The UK Government has an ambitious target of increasing UK industry’s share of the global Space sector to 10% by 2030. It has started putting the foundations for this in place across government: the UK MOD appointed a Director of Space in 2020 and revealed plans to establish a new Space Command in 2021; the UK Space Agency is developing a programme for a UK-sovereign Position, Navigation & Timing (PNT) capability and has a target to launch satellites from the UK in 2022 supported by a new national satellite propulsion test facility. These advances demonstrate the UK government’s commitment to the Space sector as a key enabler to national prosperity, national security and international collaborations.
Dr Holden’s expertise and insight into the space domain is extensive, having provided consulting services across several key UK aerospace projects. This includes working on the Skynet 6 Service Delivery Wrap and Enduring Capability, organising top-level UK Space Symposiums and close collaboration with the Ministry of Defence.
“Dr Holden’s appointment will help establish DSEI as the leading event that helps stakeholders mine the rich seam of innovation in the emerging space supply chain,” Grant Burgham, DSEI Event Director, Clarion Defence and Security, commented. “I am very pleased to welcome him into the team as we look toward the growth of UK sovereign space capabilities and supporting the incoming UK Space Agency.”
15 Jan 21. Elettronica has adopted a new organisational model to support the further growth of its products, processes and markets.
Reinforcement of top management
The Board of Directors, led by the Chairman and CEO Enzo Benigni and by the Vice Chairman Roberto Turco, has appointed Domitilla Benigni as co-CEO alongside Mr. Enzo Benigni. Mrs. Domitilla Benigni, will also continue to hold the role of COO.
Mr. Enzo Benigni, maintaining his current roles and authorities, will be flanked by Mrs. Domitilla Benigni who will hold specific powers to ensure a greater focus on long-term strategic choices, innovation, sustainability and profitability.
With a view to improving communication with Italian and international institutions, the Governmental & Institutional Relation unit has been established under the management of Lorenzo Benigni in his capacity as Senior Vice President Governmental & Institutional Relation.
The company’s operating management will be consolidated and reinforced by creating three new operating units reporting directly to the CEO and COO:
The Engineering & Operations Unit, supervising the coordination and integration of all the company’s operating areas, will be headed by Simone Astiaso.
The Strategy, Innovation & Transformation Unit will build the company’s medium and long term strategic corporate and product sustainability and will be headed by Gianni Maratta.
“Future business: Tempest, EFA, EVO and Public Financing” will coordinate activities aimed at achieving the aims of the main consortium programmes and of the Italian and international funds. This unit will be managed by Alberto De Arcangelis.
Moreover, the Planning and Risk Management Unit, headed by Ermanno Petricca in the capacity as Chief Risk Officer, has been created to supervise the risk management process and the Digital Proposal Configurator system.
Other units confirmed in the new organisation include:
– Administration & Control, which continues to be headed by Amaury Choppin
– Global Sales and Business Development, which continues to be headed by Paolo Izzo
– Legal, Corporate Affairs and Security, which continues to be headed by Lavinio Perotti
– Operational Excellence and Process Improvement, which continues to be headed by Maria Giovanna Addario Chieco
– People, Organization and Communication, entrusted to Massimo De Bari.
– Programs, entrusted to Luciano Notarantonio
The Chairman and CEO Enzo Benigni said of this reorganisation “Over its long history, and above all during the recent pandemic, our company has proved to be resilient in the face of the challenges of the changing world and the new market demands, thanks to the foresight with which it anticipated the changes and with which it restyled its organisation. The last decade has been characterised by the transformation of Elettronica from a supplier of products to a supplier of integrated systems and capabilities. The speed and complexity of the market, along with the technological transformations, have made it necessary to review the organisational model which, while upholding the traditional founding values of the firm based on technological excellence and the centrality of people, can better support the achievement of new and more challenging goals.
The new model will be optimise operating efficiency, medium and long term sustainability, innovation and digitalisation, penetration of new markets and consolidation within the framework of European Defence programmes”
Elettronica, leader in the Electronic Warfare sector for 70 years, is the supplier of more than 3000 hi-tech systems to the armed forces and governments of 30 countries. Elettronica’s systems are designed for diverse key operating missions, from strategic surveillance to self-protection, Signir, electronic defence and operating support for air, naval and land applications. The company has a sound record of successful national and international partnerships on all the main modern military platforms such as Tornado fighters, the Typhoon Eurofighter, the NFH-90 helicopter, the Italian PPA platform, the Italian and French Horizon and FREMM vessels and a wide range of projects in countries throughout the world.
The company belongs to the Elettronica Group to which CY4GATE, specialised in Cyber EW, Cybersecurity and Intelligence, and Elettronica Gmbh, German subsidiary specialised in the design of Homeland Security systems, also belong.
13 Jan 21. Former Chief Executive Officer of Airbus SE, Tom Enders has joined the board of urban air mobility startup Lilium. Enders, who has nearly thirty years of industry experience, spent seven years at the helm of Airbus before stepping down in 2019. Lilium, which was founded in 2015, aims to operate an all-electric eVTOL five-seater flying taxi which has a range of 300 km (185 miles). The Munich-based company has already agreed deals to open its first transportation hub in Düsseldorf, with a second in Orlando, Florida scheduled for 2025. The company also has an agreement with Cologne Bonn airport. (Source: FIN)
12 Jan 21. Géraldine Le Maire is appointed General Secretary and member of the Executive Committee of Naval Group. Géraldine Le Maire supervises as from January 5, 2021 Legal and Contract Management, Ethics, Compliance and Governance, Audit and Risks, Export Control and Customs, Security, the Data Protection Office, as well as the Company’s secretary activities.
Biography of Géraldine Le Maire
Prior to joining Naval Group, Géraldine Le Maire was General Secretary and Group General Counsel for Altran Technologies since 2017. She previously held various international legal and compliance positions for Goldman Sachs, Thomson, GE Capital Real Estate, or Publicis Groupe. She started her career in private practice after being admitted to the Paris Bar in 1994. Géraldine holds an LLM in International Business Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science as well as a DJCE and a DESS in Business Law.
11 Jan 21. Avion Solutions, Inc. has hired Todd Berghoff as their new Director of Business Development. Prior to joining Avion Solutions, Berghoff served as the Vice President of Business Development and Sales for Seiler Instrument and Manufacturing Company. Berghoff brings over 20 years of business development and capture experience across DOD Logistics, Survivability, Fire Support, Aerospace and C4ISR solutions. (Source: PR Newswire)
14 Jan 21. Capewell Aerial Systems, a leading designer, manufacturer, and distributor of safety, tactical, parachute, and aerial delivery products for the defense, public safety, and law enforcement communities, today announced that Gregory Bloom will join the company as its President and Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. Mr. Bloom will be added to the company’s board of directors. Bloom is an experienced senior executive with more than two decades of leadership in the aerospace and defense industry. Previously he served as a partner and Chief Operating Officer at Acorn Growth Companies where he was responsible for the profitable growth of Acorn’s aerospace and defense operating companies. Bloom currently serves as the FBI’s Defense Industry Sector Chief for the Bureau’s West Coast InfraGard association. (Source: PR Newswire)
08 Jan 21. Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) today announced that, as part of its formal succession plan, its Board of Directors has named Robert F. Freda as Treasurer, succeeding Harry S. Jakubowitz, who plans to retire after a distinguished 18-year career with the Company, with the past 15 years as Treasurer. In his new role, Mr. Freda will assume control of the treasury and tax functions and report directly to K. Christopher Farkas, Curtiss-Wright’s Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Freda has served as Assistant Corporate Controller, as well as an officer of the Company, since June 2017. Previously, Freda held the position of Director of Finance since 2006. During his tenure at Curtiss-Wright, he has been responsible for overseeing the Corporation’s external financial reporting, accounting policies and financial reporting systems, managing the overall external auditor relationship, supporting the Company’s acquisition and divestiture efforts, and providing financial support for various global benefits initiatives. In addition, he has played a significant role in the implementation of new revenue recognition and lease accounting standards. Prior to joining Curtiss-Wright, he spent more than 16 years in various corporate finance roles of increasing responsibility, including Assistant Corporate Controller at Telcordia Technologies. Freda holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and is a CPA.
13 Jan 21. Huntington Ingalls Industries Appoints Thomas Moore as New Vice President of Nuclear Operations for Nuclear and Environmental Services. Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE: HII) Technical Solutions division announced today that Vice Adm. Thomas Moore (U.S. Navy, Ret.) has been named vice president of nuclear operations for its Nuclear and Environmental Services business group. He will report to Michael Lempke, president of HII’s Nuclear and Environmental Services business group. As vice president of nuclear operations, Moore will be responsible for the oversight of all nuclear operations activities for Technical Solutions’ Department of Energy portfolio. (Source: ASD Network)
14 Jan 21. J.F. Lehman & Company (“JFLCO”), a leading middle-market private equity firm focused exclusively on the aerospace, defense, maritime, government and environmental sectors, announced a series of promotions and further augmentation of its professional team. The announcements included the promotions of William J. Hanenberg and Michael S. Friedman to Managing Director, Nicole Kim to Vice President, and Tyler W. Creamer, Alfred E. Johansen and Luke T. Zabinski to Senior Associate. Additionally, the firm welcomed its newest Associate, Jack W. Gale.
12 Jan 21. Xentris Wireless has named Mike Stein as Vice President of Military & Government Services. In this role, Stein will be responsible for further developing the company’s newest division, EXO Charge, which designs, develops and delivers solutions to enhance the lethality of today’s Warfighter. He will serve as a member of the company’s Executive team. Stein has been in the military power sector for 15 years where he held a series of roles increasing in responsibility including management, business development and engineering for various enterprises. (Source: PR Newswire)
12 Jan 21. ZeroEyes, an artificial intelligence weapon detection platform, today announced they have hired Taylor May as Director of Sales. In previous roles, Mr. May has excelled and demonstrated his leadership as Regional Sales Manager (RSM) for AnyVision where he was ranked the #1 RSM in North America two consecutive years, 2019 and 2020. Prior to that role, he was a Territory Manager of the Mobile Division of Pro-Vigil Surveillance Services for three years. (Source: https://www.finanzen.ch/)
REST OF THE WORLD APPOINTMENTS
11 Jan 21. Thornton Tomasetti announces that Warren D. Reid, CPEng, NER has joined the firm as an associate director in the Applied Science practice. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Reid will work with the Perth, Western Australia, and Edinburgh, U.K., teams to expand the firm’s defence service offerings in the region. Reid has more than 30 years of experience in the defence industry and government sector. He is skilled in underwater shock testing, systems dynamics modelling, designing and leading research programs for a variety of vessels, and the performance of materials and their vulnerabilities to different types of attack. As an expert on defence science strategy and planning, Reid has received multiple awards and recognitions, including a Gold Commendation from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Prior to joining Thornton Tomasetti, Reid held a number of high-profile leadership positions during his 37-year career at the Defence Science and Technology Group (DST), an agency that is part of the Australian Department of Defence, and is dedicated to providing support for the country’s defence and national security needs. During his time at DST, Reid had been an advisor on many of their most important and challenging projects, including the new Attack-class submarines and Hunter-class frigates. Thornton Tomasetti’s U.K. and Australian offices have collaborated on a series of defence projects in Australia, including the opportunity to introduce innovative shock testing and qualification methods for naval equipment, and proven approaches to modelling underwater shock, blast and collision dynamics.
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