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18 Feb 21. UAE withdraws forces from Eritrea base. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is withdrawing at least some of its forces from a base it established at Assab airport in Eritrea in 2015 to support operations in Yemen and the Red Sea, satellite imagery published by the Associated Press on 18 February indicates. The Planet Labs satellite imagery from 5 February shows that the eight large aircraft shelters that were completed on a new apron in July 2020 have been removed. The three shelters known to have been used by long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles in the recent past were also gone, although the 12 shelters previously used by strike aircraft remained and some helicopters and transport aircraft were still on the main apron. There were no major warships at Assab port or in the dock that was built close to the airport, although some patrol boats remained. The UAE navy’s corvettes and larger landing ships used the commercial port as their Red Sea base until sometime in the second half of 2020, at which point they moved to the new dock, which was carved out of the coastline with extensive dredging. Since the dock became operational in 2017, there have been large numbers of vehicles lined up close by, presumably for onward shipment to the UAE’s Yemeni allies, but most of these were gone on 5 February. (Source: Jane’s)
17 Feb 21. Chinese navy commissions final two Jiangdao-class corvettes. China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has commissioned the final two Jiangdao-class corvettes, bringing the total number of vessels of the class in PLAN service to 72, according to Chinese state-owned media.
The final two ships to enter service – both of which are of the anti-submarine warfare (ASW)-capable Type 056A variant – are Nanyang (pennant number 619) and Shangqiu (618). They were commissioned on 30 January and early February, respectively, although the locations of the ceremonies were not disclosed.
Photographs of two other ships of the class, with pennant numbers 636 and 637, appeared online in early February and showed the vessels flying pennants normally associated with commissioning/decommissioning ceremonies, suggesting that these ships also entered service recently. Although the monikers are unconfirmed, online sources give the names of these ships as Jining and Shiyan , respectively.
The Jiangdao class comprises 22 Type 056 and 50 Type 056A variants. All vessels are equipped with a 76 mm gun and four deck-mounted missile launchers capable of firing YJ-83 anti-ship missiles and Yu-8 torpedo-carrying anti-submarine projectiles. The key difference between the two variants is that the Type 056A is equipped with a towed passive sonar line array and a towed active variable depth sonar, which should give the platforms a significant ASW capability. (Source: Jane’s)
17 Feb 21. Italian Navy carrier Cavour arrives in US for F-35B flight certification. The Italian Navy’s aircraft carrier ITS Cavour arrived at Norfolk Naval Station in Virginia on 13 February to conduct F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter ‘Ready for Operation’ certification trials. During the trials, Italian Navy pilots will learn to safely land and launch the F-35B short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant and qualify for transition to the new aircraft. The carrier-based flight tests, along with subsequent joint operations with US 2nd Fleet ships and aircraft, are meant to improve interoperability and strengthen the relationship between two NATO allies, US Navy (USN) officials said in a statement. Cavour was commissioned in 2008 and has been operating the AV-8B Plus Harrier II, which will be replaced by the F-35Bs Italy is buying for its navy and air force. Welcomed and supported by the aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis (CNV 74) support personnel, Cavour will remain in the US for two weeks, to prepare for the follow-on at-sea operations. Stennis is co-ordinating and providing all pier services required by Cavour, including refueling, diving operations, equipment and personnel on load, security, and contingency medical functions, USN officials said. While in the Western Atlantic, Cavour will be embarked by an F-35 Pax River Integrated Test Force (ITF) team from the Naval Air Station Patuxent River (Maryland) with support equipment and two F-35B developmental flight test aircraft from the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Three (VX-23). “Italy is a critically important Cooperative Program Partner in the F-35 enterprise,” Andrew Maack, F-35 Pax River ITF chief test engineer and site director, said in a statement. (Source: Jane’s)
16 Feb 21. Lürssen delivers second batch of patrol vessels to Egyptian Navy. A second batch of three Lürssen-built patrol boats on order for the Egyptian Navy arrived at the port of Alexandria aboard the heavy-lift ship Rolldock Sun on 14 February, according to AIS data. The vessels, which were dispatched from the German port of Mukran on 28 January onboard Rolldock Sun, include two 40 m OPB 41 (previously marketed as the CSB 40) coastal patrol craft bearing the pennant numbers 705 and 706, and a 60m patrol boat bearing the pennant 710. The delivery forms part of an order for 10 (nine 40m and one 60m) patrol boats for Egypt worth USD157.6m (EUR130m), which was approved by Germany on 2 November 2020. The first batch of four 40m hulls (701-704) was transported to Egypt in early November 2020. On 5 December 2020, one of the patrol boats, 704, was seen flying an Egyptian flag in a video released by the Egyptian Ministry of Defence showing Exercise ‘Medusa 10’. The vessels originally formed part of the Saudi Arabia Border Guard’s order for 35 patrol boats before an arms embargo imposed by the German government – stemming from the murder in 2018 of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate at Istanbul – went into effect in November 2018. By then, Lurssen had delivered 15 of the 40 m patrol boats to Saudi Arabia and its Peene Werft yard was readying the 60 m patrol boat and six 40m hulls for sea trials. (Source: Jane’s)
16 Feb 21. Indian Navy receives third Kalvari (Scorpène)-class submarine. India’s Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) has handed over to the Indian Navy (IN) the third of six Kalvari (Scorpène)-class diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs) built under license for the service at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. An acceptance document for the 67.6m long boat, which is named Karanj , was signed on 15 February by MDL and Rear Admiral B Sivakumar of the IN’s Western Naval Command. Senior IN officials told Janes the following day that the SSK, which was launched in late January 2018, is likely to be commissioned in the first half of March. The submarine, which is part of the IN’s INR235.62bn (USD3.24bn) Project 75 programme, is expected to join INS Kalvari and INS Khanderi, which were commissioned in December 2017 and September 2019. The fourth and fifth submarines of the class, Vela and Vagir, were launched in May 2019 and November 2020, and are expected to enter service in 2022. The sixth and final submarine, Vagsheer, is in an advanced stage of construction and is likely to be launched in 2021. All six Kalvari-class boats are expected to be in service by late 2022 or early 2023, according to IN sources. (Source: Jane’s)
18 Feb 21. USAF inducts Wolverine light attack aircraft into service. The US Air Force (USAF) has received into service its first Textron AT-6E Wolverine light attack aircraft, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) announced on 17 February. The twin-seat single-engine turboprop is the first of two Wolverines and two SNC-Embraer A-29 Super Tucanos that the USAF ordered in early 2020 to continue its Light Attack Experiment (LAE). “A new aircraft just entered the US Air Force! Congrats to our Fighters and Advanced Aircraft Directorate’s Light Attack Aircraft Program Office, for leading efforts to acquire and field Textron Aviation’s AT-6 Wolverine!” the AFLCMC tweeted from its official account. The USAF-specific AT-6E designation for the Wolverine appears to comprise the AT-6/AT-6B/AT-6B light attack configuration of the baseline T-6 Texan II trainer, plus satellite communications (an antenna is located atop the nose) and other undisclosed USAF equipment. Interestingly, the images released by the USAF show the Wolverine to be finished in European One-style camouflage which has not been in general use since the 1980s. (Source: Jane’s)
18 Feb 21. Philippine Air Force commissions ex-USAF C-130H transport aircraft. The Philippine Air Force (PAF) inducted into service a recently acquired ex-US Air Force (USAF) Lockheed Martin (Lockheed) C-130H Hercules medium transport aircraft in a ceremony held on 18 February at the Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, Metropolitan Manila. The refurbished aircraft was commissioned in an “acceptance, turn-over, and blessing ceremony” that was presided over by Secretary of Defense Delfin Lorenzana. The C-130H (with tail number 5125), which had arrived in the Philippines on 29 January, is the first of two platforms of the type procured by the PAF under the US Excess Defense Articles Program. The second aircraft is expected to be delivered later this year. The transport will now operate under the PAF’s 220th Airlift Wing at the Brigadier General Benito N Ebuen Air Base in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu Province. In a statement issued in early February the PAF had said that the aircraft, which received an avionics upgrade, will provide enhanced capability in terms of heavy airlift missions to support the movement of troops and cargo during territorial defence and humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations. According to Philippine authorities, the two second-hand platforms, which will add to the PAF’s current fleet of four, were purchased from the United States for a total of PHP2.5bn (USD52m), of which Manila contributed PHP1.6bn and Washington PHP900m, through the US Foreign Military Financing (FMF) programme. (Source: Jane’s)
17 Feb 21. USAF’s first overseas F-35A squadron gets new name ‘Valkyries.’ The US Air Force (USAF) has announced that its first overseas-based F-35A Lightning II fighter squadron will be named ‘Valkyries’. The US Air Force (USAF) has announced that its first overseas-based F-35A Lightning II fighter squadron will be named ‘Valkyries’. The name was selected by the 48th Fighter Wing from five choices, which also included Archangels, Sabres, Sentinels and Swordsmen. Last year, the 48th Fighter Wing said that the 495th Fighter Squadron (FS) will be reactivated to support the F-35 mission at Royal Air Force (RAF) RAF Lakenheath.
RAF Lakenheath was selected as the base to host the first US F-35A squadrons in Europe based on its ‘existing infrastructure and combined training opportunities’.
495th FS commander lieutenant colonel Ian McLaughlin said: “Valkyries epitomises the force’s move toward more inclusivity and equally represents the fifth-generation stealth fighter’s air superiority.
“I am honoured to be the first commander of the initial US Air Force overseas-based F-35A unit. Like the Valkyries themselves, we’ll be vital to determining the fate of our adversaries in the battlespace.”
The F-35A is the USAF’s fifth-generation fighter designed to replace the service’s ageing fleet of F-16 Fighting Falcons and A-10 Thunderbolt II.
The first fighter jets are scheduled to arrive at RAF Lakenheath later this year.
USAF 48th FW commander colonel Jason Camilletti said: “The amount of support we received, and continue to receive, from the community both here and back home has been overwhelming and highly appreciated.
“Basing F-35s at RAF Lakenheath will be a game-changer as it will allow us to further advance interoperability with our European teammates, and is a visible demonstration that we and all of Nato will continue to own the skies.”
Last month, Lockheed Martin and the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) signed the Lightning Air System National Availability Enterprise (LANCE) contract to support the UK’s Lightning fleet. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
16 Feb 21. The 131st (“Yellow Bird”) Squadron is wrapping up the avionic enhancement process for its “Karnaf” (Hercules C-130HI), which began several years ago. The upgraded transport planes are not the same as they were in the past, the squadron says. What changes were made to the heavy transport planes? Read more to find out. The idea of putting the “Karnaf” (Hercules C-130HI) through an avionic enhancement process first came up in discussions at the IAF HQ in February 2008. When the time came to renew the planes, which have been part of the IAF’s fleet since the early 1970s, some were replaced by the “Shimshon” (Super Hercules C-130J) and the rest underwent avionic enhancement that entailed the implementation of new systems. The first Karnaf began the process in 2015, with Elbit Systems responsible for avionics and The IAI (Israeli Aerospace Industries) for maintenance and replacing the central wing.
Balancing Enhancement with Operational Activity
The squadron was required to continue carrying out its missions throughout the entire upgrade process, which is a challenging feat. “We couldn’t take a break from our operational activity. The ‘Karnaf’ is used for many tactical transport missions such as transporting equipment, low-altitude flights, and refueling CH-53 helicopters – a task that is unique to our squadron”, described Lt. Col. (Res.) A, former 131st Squadron Commander. “Concurrent to the enhancement process, the 103rd (“Elephants”) Squadron was closed to integrate the new “Shimshon” aircraft, so the majority of their heavy transport missions were given to us”.
In 2017, the 131st Squadron divided into two departments – one operated the old “Karnaf” planes, while the other focused on accommodating the squadron for the new “Avionic Karnaf”. “The squadron took a two week break in order to prepare and create an integration team that will adapt the flight doctrine to the new platform”, said Lt. Col. (Res.) A.
A few years later, the 131st Squadron finished enhancing eight “Karnaf” aircraft at Elbit Systems, in an entirely Israeli process. “It was a complex project – taking a Karnaf that has been operational for nearly half a century, and introducing it to a new generation. We managed to combine past with future, while maintaining the squadron’s strong heritage. The process required rigorous planning and a combination of several professional fields”, said Maj. Mordi, commander of the transport plane department at the Nevatim maintenance squadron. “Throughout the entire period, we received feedback from the aircrews and continued to improve”.
So what exactly makes the avionic “Karnaf” such a new and advanced platform? Lt. Y, an aircrew member in the squadron said: “The old Karnaf couldn’t meet the required missions and challenges that face aircrews in 2021. Thus, many new functions were added to the flight platform to enable the aircrews to operate safely and efficiently. The cockpit underwent a complete makeover and turned into a ‘glass cockpit’ – the old systems that display essential information such as flight path, engine status, radar, weather conditions and more, were replaced with new cutting edge screens. In addition, a Head-up display (HUD) similar to that of fighter jets was added. The HUD is a glass board that displays the flight information in the pilot’s direct viewpoint”.
The enhancement is not only an avionic process but also a mechanical one. “In some aircraft, the central wing was replaced which doesn’t happen often. There are still 45-year-old parts in the planes, but they constantly undergo comprehensive maintenance that increases the C-130’s lifespan”, shared Lt. Col. (Res.) A., and Maj. A., the 131st Squadron’s Technical Officer, adds: “The enhancement process has brought the ‘Karnaf’, a senior flight platform, to the cutting-edge of technology. It became an advanced aircraft equipped with unique and tactical transport capabilities, suited to the challenges of our operational arena”.
15 Feb 21. Brazil conducts extreme cold weather trials for KC/C-390 in Alaska. Brazil has conducted extreme cold weather testing of the Embraer KC/C-390 Millennium transport aircraft in Alaska. The Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira: FAB) announced on 12 February that it had despatched one of its recently acquired airlifters to Fairbanks to be exposed to temperatures as low as -37.8°C (-47.8°C including wind chill).
“The Brazilian Air Force and Embraer started the tests of extreme cold (Cold Soak) of the KC-390 Millennium in the United States on 8 February. The mission aims to verify the integration of all subsystems and the robustness of the new FAB freighter in a hostile environment, with extremely low temperature conditions,” the service said.
As noted by the FAB, the test campaign was managed by the Coordinating Committee of the Combat Aircraft Program (COPAC), and includes representatives from the Institute for Promotion and Industrial Coordination (IFI), test engineers from the Flight Research and Testing Institute (IPEV), and members of Embraer. The aircraft operation was supported by the crew of the First Troop Transport Group (1st GTT) ‘Zeus’ Squadron.
“Unlike an environmental qualification regarding the component, the Cold Soak test aims to investigate, in terms of the system, the effect of exposing the aircraft to extremely low temperatures, for a considerable time on the ground, a situation in which the systems failure may lead to service difficulty events, in which the aircraft is unable to operate,” the FAB said.
After the requested exposure time, operational checks of the aircraft were conducted to verify the correct functionality of several systems, such as avionics, electric, hydraulic, flight controls, fuel, engines, auxiliary power unit (APU), and radar. (Source: Jane’s)
MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT
17 Feb 21. Spencer Boyer tapped as deputy assistant secretary for Europe and NATO. Spencer Boyer, a former intelligence and U.S. State Department official, has been tapped to be the Pentagon’s deputy assistant secretary of defense for Europe and NATO policy, Defense News has learned. While the official announcement has yet to be made, Boyer is expected to fill the job, which serves as something of a point person for NATO nations. He is expected to take office Feb. 22, after the conclusion of this week’s NATO defense ministers conference. Since July 2020, the job has been filled in an acting capacity by Andrew Winternitz, who also served as acting deputy assistant secretary of defense from November 2018 to October 2019.
While the Biden team has only announced three nominees for Senate-confirmed jobs at the Pentagon — with Defense Security Lloyd Austin and his deputy, Kathleen Hicks, having been confirmed — it has moved quickly to fill important jobs at the lower levels. Boyer joins more than 70 political appointees who have been announced as joining the Pentagon since Jan. 20. Boyer has European expertise, although he does not appear to have much direct experience with the Defense Department. He served as deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs from 2009 to 2011, and as national intelligence officer for Europe on the National Intelligence Council from 2014 to 2017. Since leaving the Obama administration, he has held a number of positions, including a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement alongside Colin Kahl, the nominee for undersecretary of defense for policy; if Kahl is confirmed, he will be Boyer’s boss. Boyer’s biography also cites ties to the Center for American Progress; the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies; the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; and the Brookings Institution. Boyer most recently served as the Washington head of the Brennan Center for Justice. Michael Waldman, the center’s president, described Boyer as “very talented, a real leader in our organization, a very skilled lawyer and policy activist.”
“He has deep ties within President [Joe] Biden’s foreign policy world, which I think will help in a job like this because people in Europe will know he is speaking for the administration in a meaningful way,” Waldman added. “We’re sad for the Brennan Center, and very glad for the country.”
Boyer’s Twitter feed contains retweets of concerns about politicization of the military under then-President Donald Trump, criticisms of the plan to withdraw troops from Germany and a focus on fighting disinformation. The latter was the focus of an April 2020 op-ed he authored in Foreign Policy, and is something that Waldman expects will be a major focus for Boyer in his new role. (Source: Defense News)
13 Feb 21. MoD facing exodus of medics over gender attitudes ’30-40 years behind’, leaked official review finds. The Defence Medical Services faced criticism over initiatives heaping ‘change on top of change’ as officials sought to ‘make their mark.’ The MoD is facing an exodus of military medics over gender attitudes “30-40 years behind”, a leaked official review has found. Citing “traditional and hierarchical” behaviours, the Defence Medical Services (DMS) leadership was told more work was required “to understand how to actively engage” with the organisation’s diversity and inclusion agenda.
The review of the DMS, the overarching health and medical body for the MoD, states: “During our discussions, we noted concerning feedback from one area where we were informed that several staff were actively looking for alternative roles due to gender biased behaviour towards them.
“Some interviewees described behaviours in these areas as ‘traditional and hierarchical’ with a perception that these were ‘30-40 years behind what is currently viewed as being accepted behaviour’”.
The report by Deloitte, which the Telegraph has seen, acknowledged: “All interviewees, including those in senior leadership positions, were clear on their own views and expectations in relation to diversity and inclusion which were universally positive and in support of national policy”.
Responding to the Telegraph, Deloitte declined to comment further on the nature of these “gender biased behaviours”.
The report also criticised the Defence body for a lack of clarity, brought about by initiatives heaping “change on top of change” as officials sought to “make their mark”.
The absence of strategic direction has enabled individual priorities and ambitions to take precedence, with staff left to rely on “rumour and conjecture” for information, the report states.
One staff member complained: “Holding to account is not something we do well across all levels of the organisation”.
Another criticised the reporting culture of “fire and forget” as a reason for the organisation’s poor ability to track and respond to issues.
The DMS consists of over 12,000 armed forces personnel from across all three services, working alongside 2,500 civilian staff. It provides all medical, dental, rehabilitation and mental health care for Britain’s armed forces.
The report praised DMS leaders for their significant expertise in specialist areas and noted staff dedication in providing high-quality patient care.
However, it said: “significant work is required…for DMS to meet the definition of a ‘well-led’ organisation”.
The Director General of DMS, Dr Peter Homa, has been criticised for having no experience of the military prior to taking up his post in August 2019.
One staff member told the Telegraph Mr Homa had been “largely silent over the past year” just as the demands on the military to support the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic had increased.
“Without senior medical input, the military gets itself into trouble. You don’t have to look far for examples during the current crisis [such as] exercises and deployments suffering outbreaks because senior leadership get frustrated with pandemic restrictions.”
All hospital care for armed forces personnel is provided by the NHS, including emergency and elective care.
Since 2001 the main treatment centre for seriously injured military patients has been the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said: “Defence Medical Services works hard to tackle all forms of gender bias or inappropriate behaviour and accepts in full the report’s recommendations.”
“Any form of discrimination is unacceptable and we encourage anyone affected to come forward and report inappropriate behaviour through relevant channels.” (Source: Daily Telegraph)
15 Feb 21. Leonardo’s cyber, AI expert becomes Italy’s ‘green transition’ minister. Italy’s new prime minister has hired the chief technology and innovation officer at Italian defense firm Leonardo to help rebuild the country’s economy, which has suffered under the coronavirus pandemic. Roberto Cingolani, who spearheaded cyber and artificial intelligence programs at Leonardo, was named on Friday as Italy’s new “green transition” minister, tasked with revitalizing Italian businesses through environmental initiatives. He will join a Cabinet unveiled by Prime Minister Mario Draghi, a former European Central Bank governor who has been called in to head up a new national unity government after Italy’s ruling coalition collapsed amid infighting.
The pressure is on to get a government up and running as Italy scrambles to accelerate its COVID-19 vaccination program and rebuild its economy, which is in its worst downturn since World War II. Part of the cure will come in the form of more than €200bn (U.S. $243bn) in recovery funds freed up by the European Union, but strings are attached. Italy must spend about 37 percent of the funding on efforts that would make economic activity more environmentally friendly — hence the creation of the new ministry Cingolani will run.
Cingolani holds a doctorate in physics and worked as an academic in Italy, Japan and the U.S. before founding the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa in 2005. He joined Leonardo in 2019, where he focused on digital programs, sustainability, high-performance computing, AI and robotics.
A well-known critic of Italian government red tape, Cingolani will now have a chance to cut through it as a government minister. (Source: Defense News)
16 Feb 21. New Officials Sworn-In at the Department of Defense. The following individuals have been sworn-in virtually or in-person from Feb. 10, 2021, through today, Feb. 16, 2021.
- Joseph Bryan, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (Senior Advisor, Climate)
- Leo Cruz, Special Assistant, Office of the Secretary of the Navy
- Bishop Garrison, Senior Advisor for Human Capital and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- William Goodwin, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Secretary of the Army
- Ahmed Khan, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition
- Andy Oare, Director of Digital Media, Office of the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs
- Molly Papermaster, Special Assistant, Office of the Secretary of the Navy
- Kim Quarantello, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs
- Haley Ring, Special Assistant to the White House Liaison Office
- Jesse Salazar, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy
- Ian Staples, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (Chief, Acquisition, Technology & Logistics)
- Peri Tenenbaum, Attorney Advisor, Office of the General Counsel, Department of the Air Force
- Rebecca Zimmerman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia (Source: US DoD)
12 Feb 21. Austin Announces Members of Base-Naming Commission. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced today the Defense Department’s representatives to the Congressionally-mandated commission on the naming of items in the department that commemorate the Confederacy.
“I am pleased to announce today the names of four outstanding leaders who have agreed to serve,” he said in a statement.
Retired Navy Adm. Michelle Howard; retired Marine Corps Gen. Bob Neller; Dr. Kori Schake, director of Foreign & Defense Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute; and retired Army Brig. Gen. Ty Seidule, emeritus professor of history, U.S. Military Academy, will serve on what’s commonly called the Confederate Base Naming Commission.
“Each of these individuals possesses unique and relevant experience in and out of government that I know will inform this important effort. I am enormously grateful for their willingness to serve the nation again, and I thank them in advance for the wise counsel I am confident they will provide,” Austin stated.
“I also thank the Congress for establishing this process, and I continue to pledge my personal commitment — and that of the department — to making sure it succeeds. I look forward to seeing the results of the commission’s work in the months ahead,” he added. (Source: US DoD)
18 Feb 21. USN Command Master Chief (SEAL) David L. Isom, currently assigned as the command senior enlisted leader, U.S. Special Operations Command North (SOCNORTH), Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, has been selected to replace Navy Command Master Chief (SEAL) Timothy B. Boehmer as the command senior enlisted leader for U.S. Special Operations Command Pacific (SOCPAC), Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii.
12 Feb 21. MG Charles S. Corcoran will be assigned as assistant deputy chief of staff, operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Corcoran is currently serving as commander, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, Air Combat Command, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
12 Feb 21. MG Case A. Cunningham will be assigned as commander, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, Air Combat Command, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Cunningham is currently serving as director, plans, programs, and requirements, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
12 Feb 21. MG (Dr.) John J. Degoes will be assigned as deputy surgeon general, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Falls Church, Virginia. Degoes is currently serving as commander, 59th Medical Wing, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.
12 Feb 21. MG Stacey T. Hawkins will be assigned as the director, logistics, civil engineering, Force protection and nuclear integration, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Hawkins is currently assigned as director, logistics, engineering, and force protection, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
12 Feb 21. MG William G. Holt II will be assigned as commander, Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education; and vice commander, Air University, Air Education and Training Command, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Holt is currently serving as director, operations, joint exercises and training, J-3/7, U.S. Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.
12 Feb 21. MG David R. Iverson will be assigned as the director, air and cyberspace operations, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Iverson is currently serving as vice director, Joint Force Development, Joint Staff, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
12 Feb 21. MG Joel D. Jackson will be assigned as commander, Air Force District of Washington, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Jackson is currently serving as director, operations, strategic deterrence, and nuclear integration, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
12 Feb 21. MG Michael G. Koscheski will be assigned as commander, 15th Air Force, Air Combat Command, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. Koscheski is currently serving as deputy commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command; and deputy, Combined Forces Air Component Commander, U.S. Central Command, Air Combat Command, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.
12 Feb 21. BG (Dr.) Sharon R. Bannister will be assigned as director, medical operations, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Falls Church, Virginia. Bannister is currently serving as the command surgeon and assistant surgeon for dental services, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
12 Feb 21. BG Kenyon K. Bell will be assigned as director, logistics and engineering, Headquarters Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. Bell is currently serving as the commander, 82d Training Wing, Air Education and Training Command, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.
12 Feb 21. BG Sean M. Choquette will be assigned as vice commander, 12th Air Force, Air Forces Southern, Air Combat Command, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. Choquette is currently assigned as the director, operations, 12th Air Force, Air Forces Southern, Air Combat Command, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.
12 Feb 21. BG Darren R. Cole will be assigned as the director, logistics, engineering and force protection, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Cole is currently serving as deputy director, resource integration, Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics, Engineering, and Force Protection, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
12 Feb 21. BG Evan C. Dertien will be assigned as commander, Air Force Test Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Edwards Air Force Base, California. Dertien is currently serving as director, air, space and cyber space operations, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright- Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
12 Feb 21. BG David S. Eaglin will be assigned as commander, 18th Wing, Pacific Air Forces, Kadena Air Base, Japan. Eaglin is currently serving as deputy commander, 7th Air Force; and chief of staff, Air Component Command, Pacific Air Forces, Osan Air Base, South Korea.
12 Feb 21. BG Steven G. Edwards will be assigned as chief of staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces Europe and Air Forces Africa, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Edwards is currently serving as director, strategic plans, programs and requirements, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida.
12 Feb 21. BG Richard W. Gibbs will be assigned as the commander, Ogden Air Logistics Complex, Air Force Materiel Command, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Gibbs is currently serving as director, logistics, engineering and force protection, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
12 Feb 21. BG Jason T. Hinds will be assigned as director, plans, programs, and analyses, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Hinds is currently serving as deputy director, operations, strategic deterrence and nuclear integration, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces-Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
12 Feb 21. BG Robert S. Jobe will be assigned as director, plans, programs, and requirements, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. Jobe is currently assigned as director, strategic plans, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
12 Feb 21. BG Joseph D. Kunkel will be assigned as director, strategic plans, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Kunkel is currently serving as commander, 332d Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Muwaffaq Salti Air Base, Jordan.
12 Feb 21. BG Daniel T. Lasica will be assigned as director, current operations, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Lasica is currently serving as commander, 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force- Afghanistan; commander NATO Air Command- Afghanistan; director, Air Force Central Command Air Component Coordination Element for U.S. Forces Afghanistan; and deputy commander, U.S. Air Forces-Afghanistan, Headquarters NATO’s Resolute Support, Kabul, Afghanistan
12 Feb 21. BG David B. Lyons will be assigned as inspector general, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. Lyons is currently serving as the senior military assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
12 Feb 21. BG Charles B. McDaniel will be assigned as director, weather, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C. McDaniel is currently serving as the component commander, E-3A, NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force Command, NATO, NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany.
12 Feb 21. BG Christopher J. Niemi will be assigned as director, strategy, plans, and programs, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam, Hawaii. Niemi is currently serving as chief of staff, Combined Joint Task Force, Operation Inherent Resolve, U.S. Central Command, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
12 Feb 21. BG Jeannine M. Ryder will be assigned as commander, 59th Medical Wing, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Ryder is currently serving as commander, 711th Human Performance Wing; and chief, Air Force Nurse Corps, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
12 Feb 21. BG Christopher S. Sage will be assigned as commander, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Muwaffaq Salti Air Base, Azraq, Jordan. Sage is currently serving as deputy U.S. Military Representative to the NATO Military Committee, Brussels, Belgium.
12 Feb 21. BG (select) Steven G. Behmer will be assigned as director, F-35 integration, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Behmer is currently serving as commander, 388th Fighter Wing, Air Combat Command, Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
12 Feb 21. BG (select) Eric A. Carney will be assigned as director, plans, programs, and requirements, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Carney is currently serving as chief, Commander’s Initiative Group, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Camp Humphreys, South Korea.
12 Feb 21. BG (select) Andrew M. Clark will be assigned as commander, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. Clark is currently serving as senior military assistant to the Under Secretary of the Air Force, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
12 Feb 21. BG (select) Luke C.G. Cropsey will be assigned as director, Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center; and the director, international affairs, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Cropsey is currently serving as the senior military assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
12 Feb 21. BG (select) Robert D. Davis will be assigned as commander, 378th Air Expeditionary Wing, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, Air Combat Command, Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia. Davis is currently serving as vice director, operations, Headquarters North American Aerospace Defense Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.
12 Feb 21. BG (select) Gerald A. Donohue will be assigned as commander, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, Air Combat Command, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Donohue is currently serving as chief innovation officer, Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategy, Integration, and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
12 Feb 21. BG (select) Lyle K. Drew will be assigned as commander, 82d Training Wing, Air Education and Training Command, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. Drew is currently serving as director of staff, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
12 Feb 21. BG (select) Steven M. Gorski will be assigned as director, intelligence, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. Gorski is currently serving as special assistant to commander, Air Combat Command, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
12 Feb 21. BG (select) Justin R. Hoffman will be assigned as director, strategic plans, programs, and requirements, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida. Hoffman is currently serving as director, legislative affairs, U.S. Special Operations Command, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
12 Feb 21. BG (select) Jason E. Lindsey will be assigned as program executive officer, Presidential and Executive Airlift, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Lindsey is currently serving as senior materiel leader, KC-46 System Program Manager, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
12 Feb 21. BG (select) William L. Marshall will be assigned as deputy director, operations, strategic deterrence and nuclear integration, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces-Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Marshall is currently serving as vice commander, 3rd Air Force, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air Forces in Africa, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
12 Feb 21. BG (select) Jason M. Rueschhoff will be assigned as deputy commander, 7th Air Force; and chief of staff, Air Component Command, Pacific Air Forces, Osan Air Base, Japan. Rueschhoff is currently serving as executive assistant to the commander, Pacific Air Forces, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
12 Feb 21. BG (select) Frank R. Verdugo will be assigned as director, budget operations and personnel, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Verdugo is currently serving as director, Air Force Budget Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
14 Feb 21. Collins Aerospace looking to continue collaboration with HAL on LCA-MK1A. Visitors look at a model of a Light Combat Aircraft during the 13th edition of Aero India 2021, in Bengaluru. The Company is looking at expanding presence in the civil aviation industry, says MD. Collins Aerospace, a unit of the Raytheon Technologies and one of the world’s largest suppliers of aerospace and defence products, has been involved in the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas programme and is interested in the avionics side of the business especially sensors and display systems, said Sunil Raina, MD, Customer & Account Management. He said the company is looking at expanding its presence in the civil aviation industry.
“In addition, we are also working with LCA for our mechanical, aerostructure and power control equipment on the aircraft. We are able to offer a complete solution on these platforms and have been in multiple discussions with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on these hi-tech products. This is also true for LCA-MK1A,” Mr. Raina told The Hindu.
At the Aero India early this month, HAL was awarded a ₹47,000-crore contract for 83 LCA — 73 of them higher capacity LCA-Mk1A variant — with deliveries scheduled to begin in early 2024. This takes the LCA jets on order to 123. The indigenous content is about 52% and HAL is looking at ways to increase it to 65%.
Collins serves a substantial customer base in India, including local and international governments, aerospace original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and defence contractors, and is betting big on the civil aviation sector too.
Stating that Collins is the largest exporter of aerospace products, Mr. Raina said the Indian team has produced over 235 patents which cover inventions across all strategic business units and disciplines. “We helped India become a major aerospace manufacturing hub — with a thriving ecosystem within the region — by developing suppliers and offering better products and services.”
Mr. Raina said their Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) partnership enabled them to become one of the first Indian entities to domestically produce and export an aviation product to the U.S. “In addition, we successfully designed, developed and qualified the power door opening system for the A320neo and Bombardier C-series at our Bengaluru facility.”
At the Aero India, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the aero components sector is set to double to ₹60,000 crore by 2024.
With over 100 airports at the moment and projections of up to 300 airports in the future according to the government, Collins is actively participating to bid and implement the airport systems in the long term, particularly for contactless passenger processing systems, Mr. Raina said. “Our engineering and manufacturing centres in India have the capability of developing and customising solutions locally to meet customers’ requirements.”
Collins began operations in India in 1997 with a manufacturing facility in Bengaluru and has since expanded its footprint with India Design Center in Hyderabad and the Global Engineering Center in Bengaluru. Today, we have over 5,500 employees throughout four locations in India, and we are looking to expand into a new location in Bengaluru’s new aerospace park, Mr. Raina said. (Source: Google/https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/)
17 Feb 21. Sensor specialist HENSOLDT expands capacity. More than 500 new jobs / radio frequency technology development centre in Ulm. Sensor solution provider HENSOLDT is expanding its capacity to cater for the growth in its business. HENSOLDT is investing approximately 30m euros at its Ulm site and creating an additional 300 jobs for highly skilled staff throughout the entire group this year, having taken on 250 new recruits in 2020. This investment is linked to strong order growth relating to the development of a new radar for the Eurofighter combat aircraft and other projects.
“In its three years of existence, HENSOLDT has strengthened its position in the global sensor solutions market,” affirmed HENSOLDT CEO Thomas Müller. “We operate in the high-tech sensor technology arena – a growing segment characterised by very long-term planning. Accordingly, our investment in new technologies and development laboratories is an indispensable part of our growth strategy.”
The company is investing in the construction of a radio frequency technology development centre at the Ulm site, among other things. In addition to electronic components for the new Eurofighter radar, AI-based sensors for a wide range of applications will also be developed there.
Last year, the German parliament approved a budget of approximately 1.5bn euros for the development of a new Eurofighter radar by a development consortium led by HENSOLDT. Other business units of the group are also showing strong growth, such as ground and naval radars, electronic warfare and avionics systems, and optronics equipment. For instance, HENSOLDT is working on future-oriented projects such as the German/French/Spanish Future Combat Air System (FCAS) and a UAV collision warning system. Recently, in 2020, HENSOLDT already hired 250 new employees, expanded its cleanroom production at its Oberkochen site by 300 m² and converted its radar production in Ulm to series production. The new positions cover many different disciplines: in addition to hardware and software engineers, the company is especially interested in recruiting radar system engineers and project managers.
12 Feb 21. As part of the continuing growth of the company, RFEL announced the appointment of Dan Goldsmith as Vehicle Vision Business Manager. Dan has been with RFEL for over 12 years, previously holding positions in the Engineering Team. In his new role, Dan will be dedicated to all aspects of RFEL’s Vehicle Vision offer and will ensure RFEL provide high-performing solutions with continual product improvement and innovation.
15 Feb 21. Rolls-Royce named Panos Kakoullis as its new chief financial officer, appointing the former head of Deloitte’s audit and assurance practice to help it ride out COVID-19. The aero-engines maker said on Monday that Kakoullis would start on May 3. Current CFO Stephen Daintith, who resigned last year but agreed to stay until a replacement was found, will leave Rolls-Royce on Mar. 19. (Source: Reuters)
12 Jan 21. Serco, the international provider of services to governments, announces that Tim Lodge has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Serco and a member of the Group Audit, Group Risk and Remuneration Committees with effect from 21 February 2021. He will replace John Rishton as chair of the Audit Committee when John Rishton succeeds Sir Roy Gardner as chair of the Company on 21 April 2021. Tim Lodge was previously Chief Financial Officer at Tate & Lyle PLC and COFCO International. Having recently stepped down as a Non-Executive Director and chair of the Audit Committee of Aryzta AG, he is currently a Non-Executive Director of FTSE 250 SSP Group plc, the leading operator of food and beverage concessions in travel locations, and a Non-Executive Director and chair of the Audit Committee of Arco Limited, the family-owned supplier of safety wear and equipment. Sir Roy Gardner, Non-Executive Chairman of Serco, commented: “I am very pleased to welcome Tim to the Board of Serco. He has a wealth of financial experience and a strong track record in driving commercial performance, as well as delivering strategic change and restructuring to support longer term investment and growth; he will be a very welcome addition to the Board.” Serco confirms that there are no further disclosures required under the Listing Rules in respect of Tim Lodge.
17 Feb 21. Boeing Directors Art Collins and Susan Schwab to Retire from Board. The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) board of directors today announced that directors Arthur D. Collins Jr. and Susan C. Schwab will retire from the board when their terms expire and will not stand for reelection at the company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The board also named chairs to its six board committees, to take effect following the yearly voting for the election of directors at Boeing’s annual shareholder meeting, which is scheduled to occur on April 20.
“We are grateful for Art and Susan’s distinguished service on our board,” said Boeing Chairman Larry Kellner. “Boeing has benefited enormously from their committed and dedicated service.”
Collins joined the board in 2007 and most recently chaired the Compensation Committee and served as a member of the Governance, Organization and Nominating Committee. Schwab joined the board in 2010 and most recently served as a member of the Compensation Committee, and the Governance, Organization and Nominating Committee.
“It has been a privilege to serve alongside Art and Susan,” said Boeing President and CEO David Calhoun. “They made meaningful and lasting contributions to our company, and to the aerospace industry, which is foundational to the global economy.”
“In line with our thorough succession planning process, the board will continue to take steps to identify a pipeline of diverse candidates with appropriate expertise who bring qualified perspectives,” Kellner added.
In addition, the following directors were named committee chairs, effective upon their reelection to the board at the company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders:
- Admiral Edmund Giambastiani Jr. will continue to chair the Aerospace Safety Committee
- Akhil Johri was named chair of the Audit Committee
- Lynn Good was named chair of the Compensation Committee
- Robert Bradway was named chair of the Finance Committee
- Ronald Williams was named chair of the Governance, Organization and Nominating Committee
- Adm. John Richardson will continue to chair the Special Programs Committee.
17 Feb 21. HawkEye 360 Inc., the first commercial company to use formation-flying satellites to create a new class of radio frequency (RF) data and data analytics, today announced the addition of former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Kari A. Bingen to its leadership team. As Chief Strategy Officer, Ms. Bingen will guide the company through an evolving space policy landscape and rapidly growing market for RF data and analytics. She will build on government and commercial relationships to share this emerging class of technology and intelligence with users across a wide array of industries. Prior to joining HawkEye 360, Ms. Bingen served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security from May 2017 to January 2020, a role in which she helped the Secretary of Defense direct and set priorities for the intelligence agencies under the DoD’s purview, including the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the National Reconnaissance Office. (Source: PR Newswire)
16 Feb 21. Red 6, a revolutionary technology firm at the forefront of synthetic air combat training, is proud to announce that Gen. Mike Holmes, USAF, Ret., has been appointed to Chairman of the Red 6 Board. Ret. Gen. Holmes originally joined the Red 6 advisory board in early October of 2020. “It goes without saying that General Holmes is an incredible addition to the Red 6 board and will be instrumental in guiding us towards achieving our vision,” said Daniel Robinson, Founder and CEO of Red 6. “As the company continues to grow, and our capabilities mature, we will draw heavily on the experience, leadership and unique insight that General Holmes brings to the table,” continued Robinson. (Source: PR Newswire)
17 Feb 21. John Fenzel, a former Special Assistant to the Vice President, and Staff Director of the Office of Homeland Security (OHS) under Governor Tom Ridge, has joined Task Force 1621 (TF1621.org), a civilian intelligence organization, in an effort to support a 9/11 – like commission to investigate and report on the events of January 6th, 2021. TF1621 was established on January 9th, 2021, in immediate response to the violent assault on the US Capitol Building and the 117th United States Congress. The task force is made up of over 40 prior service military and government counterterrorism specialists, equipped with a broad range of technical capabilities, to include, but not limited to: HUMINT (Human Intelligence) researchers, All-Source Intelligence (Fusion) analysts, financial forensics specialists, data science engineers, and counterintelligence officers. John Fenzel is a senior Army Special Forces officer who served for over 30 years on our nation’s battlefields around the world. He has served as a military assistant on the personal staff of the Secretary of Defense, as a Special Assistant to the Vice President, and as a White House Fellow during the Clinton and Bush administrations. In the wake of the September 11th attacks, he served as Staff Director for Tom Ridge in the Homeland Security Council. He was the principal architect of The Homeland Advisory System, our nation’s color-coded alert system. (Source: PR Newswire)
16 Feb 21. Tibidabo Scientific Industries Ltd (“Tibidabo Scientific”), a global leader and supplier of highly differentiated technology for scientific research, aerospace, and industrial markets, has today announced the appointment of John LaViola as its Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Head of Business Development. Mr. LaViola will lead the company’s technology vision and strategy, define the future direction of R&D, and oversee our Mergers & Acquisitions execution and integration. Since 2014, John has served as Vice President, Business Development, and in 2018 assumed leadership for Strategic Innovation in Hologic, Inc.’s Breast and Skeletal Health Solutions division. At Hologic, John was responsible for mergers and acquisitions, technology partnerships, and business alliances, as well as product and service innovation strategy in Hologic’s largest business unit. He led numerous public and private acquisitions, as well as consummated several strategic partnerships. With a lengthy track record of developing and commercializing disruptive innovations, John previously held technology leadership roles as Vice President, R&D from 2008, and as Senior Director, R&D from 2002 at Hologic. (Source: PR Newswire)
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