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Systems Engineer C&I Malvern, WR14 3PS Please note that we have positions available at various levels dependant on experience QinetiQ’s Systems Engineers are renowned for providing high quality, independent technical advice to a wide range of customers, in support of their major acquisition programmes, and for developing our own range of world-leading products.
We are looking for people to join our growing team of Systems Engineers who are interested in applying and developing their technical expertise, across a number of domains, both military and commercial. QinetiQ’s Cyber & Information (C&I) business helps our customers to respond to ever evolving threats, based on our expertise in secured navigation, training, secure communication platforms, intelligence, surveillance and cyber security. We deliver Mission Led Innovation into global defence, security, and critical national infrastructure markets and we are excited to be recruiting new talent into the team, please read on for further details. Opportunities to work in the following areas: Communications & Information Systems (predominantly military environment) Cyber and Security Electronic Warfare Research & Innovation Secured Navigation Global Navigation Satellite Systems – GNSS and electronic engineering Consultancy and Business Analysis Product Development (full lifecycle) Service Delivery Engagement with customers and developing new propositions Key Accountabilities (Project and Individual Dependant): Working either as part of a team or individually on projects and tasks to deliver Systems and Requirements Engineering projects, supporting internal product development and external customers;
Engaging with external stakeholder communities, gathering material and understanding their requirements; Supporting and undertaking the technical design as guided by more senior Systems Engineers; Collaborate with multidiscipline project teams; Secure Information management. Key Knowledge, Skills & Requirements (Project and Individual Dependant): Understanding and applying the Systems Engineering approach across the lifecycle (‘strength in breadth’)Developing Architectures, product design and development & through-life design & management; Able to technically lead groups of scientists and engineers in a collaborative and collegiate way, enabling a high-performing culture; Business analysis and consultancy, including requirements gathering; Planning for trials, test and/or acceptance; Developing outputs for customers (reports, products, services) Experience with Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) Architectural Framework (e.g. MODAF, TOGAF) Flexibility to travel as required to support project activities; British National, able and willing to attain UK SC level clearance.
Why QinetiQ? As a company of over 6,000 dedicated professionals we continue to grow into new markets around the world, there’s never been a more exciting time to join QinetiQ. The formula for success with QinetiQ is the appetite for innovation and courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges. Joining QinetiQ offers an opportunity to work on highly technical cutting-edge projects, enabling customers to protect, improve and advance their vital interests. We offer an opportunity to work across a broad range of interesting defence-based projects with vast career progression across a global organisation in addition to competitive personal and professional benefits. Apply Today: If you feel you meet the criteria for this position and would like to be considered, please apply with your CV and a brief cover letter demonstrating your suitability for the position and we will be in contact. This job was originally posted as www.totaljobs.com/job/91879187
12 Mar 21. Australian backed Barrack Redevelopment Project in Vanuatu begins. The Cook and Tiroas Barrack Redevelopment Project in Port Vila, supported by the Australian government, is now underway.
The Australian and Vanuatu governments have confirmed that the Cook and Tiroas Barrack Redevelopment Project in Port Vila is now underway.
The Redevelopment Project is a joint scheme between both governments, and aims to provide critical updates to the training capabilities of the Vanuatu Police Force.
The project is expected to modernise amenities across the barracks, such as accommodation and a medical centre, as well as improving police training resources.
Acting Minister for Defence, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women Marise Payne welcomed the commencement of the project and the opportunity to support the Vanuatu Police Force.
“Australia greatly values our strong and enduring security partnership with Vanuatu, and we are committed to deepening our co-operation through tailored and sustainable support to the Vanuatu Police Force,” said Minister Payne.
“Our security forces have worked closely together on the design and delivery of this project since it was announced in January 2019. I am pleased to see construction commence; a particularly significant milestone given the COVID-19 environment.”
Likewise, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs of Vanuatu Alatoi Ishmael Kalsakau promoted the economic benefits that the Redevelopment Project will have for Vanuatu.
The project is hoped to generate some 200 jobs during construction and $53.5m for the economy.
“This is very reassuring especially as it will provide a boost to our economy in this time when the country is working hard to overcome the impacts of COVID-19,” the Deputy PM said.
“Vanuatu humbly offers its sincere gratitude to the generosity of the people and government of Australia.” (Source: Defence Connect)
10 Mar 21. Commissioning of INS Karanj, the third Indian Kalvari-class submarine entirely made in India based on Scorpene® design. On 10 March 2021, INS Karanj, the third of the P75 Kalvari-class submarine, was commissioned by the hands of former Chief of Naval Staff Admiral V S Shekhawat, PVSM, AVSM, VrC (Retd.), in presence of Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, FOC-in-C (West) VAdm R Hari Kumar, CWP&A VAdm Sandeep Naithani, CMD MDL VAdm Narayan Prasad (Retd.) and several other dignitaries. INS Karanj is totally built by Indian shipyard Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) based on the French Scorpene® design. After a series of remarkable events amidst challenging sanitary situation around the world, such including the launching of the Vagir (the fifth submarine) in November 2020, the INS Karanj’s commissioning took place on
10 March 2021. The event highlights the success of indigenous submarines construction programme of the Government of India. This submarine has been completely built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) with limited external support, taking advantage of the successful technology transfer from Naval Group during the construction and trials of the first two boats. This series of six submarines have been fitted with a number of equipment, built in India by qualified and
highly trained industrial Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) which form the sound base of submarine building ecosystem of India.
“Naval Group is very proud to be part of first of its kind P75 Kalvari program to deliver entirely ”Made in India” submarines to the Indian Navy. This program is a major element of the strategic autonomy enjoyed by the Indo-French partnership and strategic autonomy, developed over the last decades. The commissioning of INS Karanj, amidst Covid-19 challenges, represents one of its kind industrial milestones and illustrates the Aatmanirbharta (self-reliance) of Indian Navy and naval defence industry. I look forward to establishing greater and more meaningful partnerships with Indian industry that will help in sustainability of our global supply chain and industrial footprint, while allowing us to be part of success story of Indian economy, community”, mentioned Pierre-Eric Pommellet, CEO & Chairman of Naval Group.
The rise in competencies that Indian industry and shipyard achieved during the past decade is very inspiring. This precious and high-value expertise and skillsets built around the program needs to be preserved, nurtured and improved with on-going/ future contracts so that Indiannaval defence industry can seamlessly cater to military products of similar or advanced nature for India and also for the world.
08 Mar 21. US Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Forrest Sherman completes SRA. The US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) is set for delivery to service after completing a Scheduled Restricted Availability (SRA). The US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) is set for delivery to service after completing a Scheduled Restricted Availability (SRA). The vessel underwent the six-month maintenance programme and other repairs required to sustain its condition between overhauls.
According to a statement released by Naval Sea Systems Command, Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) provided management and oversight to the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) scheduled maintenance availability. MARMC is a provider of surface ship maintenance, management and oversight of private sector maintenance, as well as fleet technical assistance to ships in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US.
The USS Forrest Sherman destroyer’s major hull, mechanical, and engineering systems including two gas turbine generators, among other components, received repairs and upgrades.
MARMC Forrest Sherman project manager Tony Stevens said: “There is always a sense of pride when you look back at the hard work of the team and know the impact it has on the navy’s mission.
“Everyone had the same goal in mind – to get the ship back operational.”
The repairs were conducted by Marine Hydraulics International (MHI) in Norfolk, Virginia.
MARMC commanding officer captain Tim Barney said: “This is a win. Thanks to MHI and their subcontractors. Fixing ships is a team effort and the Forrest Sherman Team did exceptionally well, ensuring an on-time delivery.”
The Arleigh Burke class (DDG 51) destroyers are multi-mission surface combatants that can conduct anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and anti-surface warfare missions. (Source: naval-technology.com)
08 Mar 21. GRSE lays keel of Indian Navy’s third Project 17A frigate. Indian shipbuilder Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) has laid the keel of the third Project 17A advanced stealth frigate.
Indian shipbuilder Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) has laid the keel of the third Project 17A advanced stealth frigate.
The Nilgiri-class stealth frigates, also known as Project 17A frigates, are being built by GRSE and Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders for the Indian Navy.
The Project 17A programme involves the development of seven advanced guided-missile frigates. Four of these ships will be built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders and the remaining three by GRSE.
It is a follow-on of the Project 17 Shivalik-class frigates. The first six ships will be named after the older Nilgiri-class vessels, which were the updated versions of British Leander-class frigates.
The Nilgiri-class will have a length of 149m, a width of 17.8m, and a draft of 5.22m. The displacement of the vessel will be 6,670t and the frigate can accommodate 226 personnel.
GRSE is currently working on two more major Indian Navy projects that include 04 Survey Vessel Large ships and 08 ASWSWC ships, apart from the 03 P17A ships. Despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, GRSE launched the first of its three P17A stealth ships, INS Himgiri, ahead of schedule in December last year. It was floated out on the Hoogly River in Kolkata and is expected to be delivered in August 2023. (Source: naval-technology.com)
05 Mar 21. RMN commissions second Keris-class Littoral Mission Ship. The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has commissioned the second of four Keris-class Littoral Mission Ships (LMSs) ordered from China as part of a contract awarded in 2017 and renegotiated in 2019.
Named KD Sundang (pennant number 112), the 68.8 m-long vessel, which was built by the Wuchang Shipbuilding Industrial Group, entered service on 5 March in a ceremony held at the RMN’s Kota Kinabalu naval base in Sepanggar – its future homeport.
The warship, which has now joined first-of-class KD Keris (111) in the RMN’s 11th LMS Squadron, had arrived at the base on 24 January: 10 days after being handed over to the service at Qidong, near Shanghai.
Sundang , which was laid down in October 2018 and launched in July 2019, was originally scheduled for delivery in April 2020, but both its delivery and commissioning were delayed due to government measures designed to limit the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).
The vessel is part of a contract for four LMSs signed in 2017 between Malaysia’s Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) and the China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Co. Ltd (CSOC) that marked the Southeast Asian country’s first order for Chinese-made naval vessels. (Source: Jane’s)
04 Mar 21. HII unveils newest Virginia-class attack submarine Montana. Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has launched the US Navy’s newest Virginia-class multi-mission nuclear-powered submarine Montana (SSN 794).
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has launched the US Navy’s newest Virginia-class multi-mission nuclear-powered submarine Montana (SSN 794).
The submarine was launched into the James River at HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division.
It was submerged and moved by tugboats to Newport News Shipbuilding division’s submarine pier for final outfitting, testing and crew certification purposes.
In October last year, HII started preparations for the launch of Montana.
Since then, the submarine, weighing 7,800t, had been in a floating dry dock after being transferred from a construction facility.
Newport News Virginia-class submarine construction vice-president Jason Ward said: “For our shipbuilders, launching Montana signifies five years of hard work, commitment, and dedicated service.
“We look forward to executing our waterborne test programme and working toward sea trials and delivering the submarine to the navy later this year.”
The company started the vessel construction in 2015. The newbuilding activities witnessed the participation of 10,000 shipbuilders and suppliers from all 50 states since then.
Last September, the US Navy christened Montana at HII Newport News Shipbuilding division.
Construction of Montana is now almost 92% complete and the ship is scheduled to be delivered to the American Navy later this year.
The advanced stealth Virginia-Class new attack submarines are designed for deep ocean anti-submarine warfare and littoral (shallow water) operations. They can operate at ‘submerged speeds of over 25 knots for months at a time.’
The boats are being designed to provide an eventual replacement for the US Navy Los Angeles-class submarines. (Source: naval-technology.com)
11 Mar 21. UAC delivers first re-engined Tu-160 bomber for testing. United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has handed over the first Tupolev Tu-160 ‘Blackjack’ strategic bomber to be fitted with new engines, Rostec announced on 10 March.
The aircraft with its four new NK-32-02 engines and other upgraded equipment was flown from the Kazan Aviation Plant to the Tupolev flight test and development base in Zhukovsky, near Moscow, where it will perform flight trails ahead of delivery to the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) later this year.
“The aircraft has successfully passed factory tests. Today, the new missile carrier has been transferred to the Tupolev flight test base for preparation for the next stage of flights: preliminary tests,” Rostec said.
News of the handover for preliminary test came 13 months after the aircraft made its maiden flight in February 2020.
The Tu-160 first entered into Soviet service in the late 1980s. The swing-wing supersonic bomber has since undergone several upgrades, including a bolstering of the aircraft’s nuclear armament capacity in the early 2000s to carry 12 conventionally armed Raduga NPO Kh-555 (AS-15 ‘Kent’) long-range cruise missiles and laser-guided bombs.
The Tu-160M upgrade is being rolled out in two phases, with the first Tu-160M1 phase comprising the new K-042K-1 navigation system and ABSU-200-1 autopilot, as well as the removal of some previous systems, such as bomb sighting systems. This Tu-160M1-variant has been operational with the air force since late 2014. (Source: Jane’s)
MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT
01 Mar 21. Today the Australian Army celebrates its 120th birthday and soldiers around the nation and overseas will reflect on Army’s past and future. Chief of the Australian Army, Lieutenant General Rick Burr, AO, DSC, MVO, said the birthday celebrations marked Army’s service to the Nation in war and peace, since 1901. “Today we recognise those two million Australians who have worn, and continue to wear, the slouch hat and Rising Sun, at home and abroad,” Lieutenant General Burr said.
Lieutenant General Burr said that while it is important to reflect on Army’s history, the celebrations were an opportunity to look to the future, given the significant investment that Government is making in Army over the next decade. “We are 120 years young, and a dynamic and demanding future lies ahead – the capability and organisational changes for our Army are exciting.
“We will address the challenges of the future by looking forward, working with and learning from other Groups and Services in Defence, and with Government, Industry and Allies.
Army shares its 120th birthday with the Royal Australian Navy, and later this month the Royal Australian Air Force will celebrate its 100th birthday. “We congratulate our team mates in Navy and Air Force on achieving these important milestones,” Lieutenant General Burr said.
“Each organisation has its own unique story and identity. In Army, our story and identity are intrinsically linked to our people’s service to the Nation and our people are central to everything we do.
“We especially recognise our loved ones and the communities who have supported and enabled our people for more than a century,” added Lieutenant General Burr.
The Australian Army was formed on March 1st, 1901, as the Commonwealth Military Forces, through the amalgamation of the Australian colonial forces following Federation. (Source: joint-forces.com)
09 Mar 21. New Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner appointed.
The Home Secretary has appointed Fraser Sampson as the government’s new independent Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner. The Home Secretary has appointed Fraser Sampson as the government’s new independent Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner, replacing the two part time posts of the Biometrics Commissioner and Surveillance Camera Commissioner. The recruitment campaign was conducted in line with the Governance Code for Public Appointments. The statutory responsibilities and duties for both roles will remain the same. Fraser Sampson, who took up his post on 1 March, will promote compliance with the Surveillance Camera Code and rules on police use of DNA and fingerprints. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
08 Mar 21. Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Mauritania: Colin Wells.
Mr Colin Wells has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania in succession to Mr Simon Boyden. Mr Colin Wells has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania in succession to Mr Simon Boyden who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Wells will take up his appointment during April 2021. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
08 Mar 21. Change of British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean: Mr Scott Furssedonn-Wood MVO. Mr Scott Furssedonn-Wood MVO has been appointed British High Commissioner to Barbados, and non-resident High Commissioner to Dominica, Grenada, Antigua & Barbuda, St Vincent & the Grenadines, St Lucia and St Christopher & Nevis in succession to Ms Janet Douglas CMG who will be retiring from the Diplomatic Service. Mr Furssedonn-Wood will take up his appointment in April 2021. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
09 Mar 21. New Officials Sworn-in at the Department of Defense.
The following individuals have been sworn-in virtually or in-person from March 2, 2021, through March 8, 2021.
- Jazmin Sellars, Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force
- Douglas Bush, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisitions, Logistics and Technology)
- Richard Johnson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction
- Zachary Learner, Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
- Veronica Yoo, Speechwriter, Office of the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs
10 Mar 21. USAF CMS Clint Grizzell, currently assigned as the command chief, 492d Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida, has been selected to replace Navy Command Master Chief David Isom as the command senior enlisted leader for U.S. Special Operations Command North, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.
06 Mar 21. Army LG Laura J. Richardson for appointment to the grade of general, and assignment as commander, U.S. Southern Command, Doral, Florida. Richardson is currently serving as commanding general, U.S. Army North, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.
06 Mar 21. Navy Adm. John C. Aquilino for appointment to the grade of admiral, and assignment as commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Aquilino is currently serving as commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
06 Mar 21. Navy Vice Adm. Samuel J. Paparo Jr. for appointment to the grade of admiral, and assignment as commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Paparo is currently serving as commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Central Command; commander, Fifth Fleet; and commander, Combined Maritime Forces, Manama, Bahrain.
06 Mar 21. USAF Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost for appointment to the grade of general, and assignment as commander, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Van Ovost is currently serving as commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Illinois.
05 Mar 21. USAF BG John M. Breazeale has been nominated to the grade of major general. Breazeale is currently serving as the mobilization assistant to the commander, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
05 Mar 21. USAF BG Matthew J. Burger has been nominated to the grade of major general. Burger is currently serving as the deputy commander, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.
05 Mar 21. USAF BG Kenneth R. Council has been nominated to the grade of major general. Council is currently serving as the mobilization assistant to the commander, U.S. Transportation Command; and commander, Joint Transportation Reserve Unit, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
05 Mar 21. USAF BG Daniel J. Heires has been nominated to the grade of major general. Heires is currently serving as the mobilization assistant to the commander, 7th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, Osan Air Base, South Korea.
05 Mar 21. USAF BG Erich C. Novak has been nominated to the grade of major general. Novak is currently serving as the mobilization assistant to the commander, Headquarters Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.
05 Mar 21. USAF BG Jeffrey T. Pennington has been nominated to the grade of major general. Pennington is currently serving as the commander, 4th Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command, March Air Reserve Base, California.
05 Mar 21. USAF BG John N. Tree has been nominated to the grade of major general. Tree is currently serving as the mobilization assistant to the chief of staff, U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
05 Mar 21. USAF BG Constance M. Von Hoffman has been nominated to the grade of major general. Von Hoffman is currently serving as the mobilization assistant to the commander, Air Force Sustainment Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.
09 Mar 21. Thales in the UK to support AERALIS in development of training & simulation for an Advanced Modular Aircraft. AERALIS, the British military jet developer, has entered into a Teaming Agreement with Thales in the UK to develop innovative philosophies, processes, devices & systems to operate the transformational AERALIS platforms. The development from Thales will take place alongside AERALIS’ contract with the RAF’s Rapid Capabilities Office to deliver research & development of an Advanced Modular Aircraft system.
AERALIS is redefining the possibilities for light military jet aircraft across various roles in the defence market including training, aggressor and light combat, focusing on a UK-based development and production programme of an agile, modular, and commercially driven aircraft system aimed at increasing capability whilst significantly reducing through-life costs for customers. As they move to develop and certify a broad range of future aircraft systems to support the Royal Air Force’s ambition to rationalise its future fleet, they will be working in parallel with Thales in the UK to ensure that the training systems required to teach pilots to fly AERALIS will be ready in conjunction with the modular aircraft system.
AERALIS plans for its aircraft system to be offered as part of innovative training solutions to customers across all aspects of both flying and operational training, and next-generation synthetic training devices and simulators will be a vital part of this process. With a well-established Training and Simulation division that designs and operates synthetic flight training simulators, such as those used at the RAF’s Voyager and Atlas training facilities at RAF Brize Norton, Thales in the UK will bring to bear many of its latest training solutions to complement the AERALIS system to ensure ground-breaking solutions for customers.
“Thales has been a long-term supporter of the AERALIS ambition to deliver innovative and cost-effective solutions for our armed forces. We are therefore delighted to enter this further Teaming Agreement to realise our joint aspirations, which further support the Royal Air Force goals for thier Project ASTRA journey towards a Next Generation Air Force” quoted Darryn (Daz) Rawlins OBE, Managing Director of Thales Training & Simulation, UK Domain.
With both parties working with the RAF’s Rapid Capabilities Office, Thales world-class Synthetic Training Equipment and aircrew training systems will complement AERALIS’ development of its all-British modular aircraft system. Support for AERALIS from both the RAF and Thales in the UK demonstrates the great confidence placed in British innovation and ingenuity for a project which has the potential to reinvigorate British aircraft manufacturing using the wealth of infrastructure and expertise that already exists in the UK.
AERALIS CEO, Tristan Crawford said, “We are proud to be working with Thales, whose expertise in Synthetic Training solutions will augment our own innovative open-architecture aircraft and allow us to offer real options for UK-developed whole aircraft & training systems for the future of the Royal Air Force. This partnership will provide solid foundations for the support of the Future Combat Air System and the RAF future fleet, whilst also revitalising the British whole aircraft design & manufacturing industry.”
08 Mar 21. Australia opens Arafura OPV hub. A new facility has been launched at the Henderson maritime precinct, established to foster collaboration between government and industry in support of the Arafura Class OPV program.
Secretary of Defence Greg Moriarty and a contingent of senior Defence officials have launched the Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Enterprise and opened the OPV System Program Office at the Henderson maritime precinct.
The OPV Enterprise has been set up to house collaboration between Commonwealth and defence industry stakeholders in support the development and sustainment of the Royal Australian Navy’s new Arafura Class vessels.
“It is great to see the co-location of Commonwealth shipbuilding and sustainment personnel and Lürssen, CIVMEC and Raytheon industry partners delivering outcomes for our Navy,” deputy secretary National Naval Shipbuilding Tony Dalton said.
Head Maritime Systems, Rear Admiral Wendy Malcolm, said the Enterprise would help achieve objectives outlined in the Continuous Shipbuilding Plan, which includes Plan Galileo — an ambitious Future Maritime Sustainment Model aimed at ensuring sustainment groups engage with acquisition teams in the early stages of the build process.
“Evolution of our asset management, supply chain, infrastructure, improved commercial models and professionalisation across the enterprise will be key to success,” RADM Malcolm said.
“This process ensures sustainment needs are considered during the design phase, and brings together Defence, primes, small business and service providers to facilitate sustainment of our naval vessels from strategically located ports around the country.
“Not only does this promise to deliver long-term jobs to West Australians and confidence for industry to invest in Perth, but it will ensure our Navy is able to meet all government tasking in order to protect our nation’s security.”
The Arafura Class OPVs are set to replace the Armidale and Cape Class patrol boats, and are expected to serve as the Australian Defence Force’s primary asset for maritime patrol and response duties, which are expected to largely involve constabulary missions. The first two Arafura OPVs are being constructed in South Australia, with the remaining 10 vessels to be built in Western Australia. (Source: Defence Connect)
07 Mar 21. French billionaire politician Olivier Dassault killed in helicopter crash. French billionaire Olivier Dassault was killed on Sunday in a helicopter crash, a police source said, with President Emmanuel Macron paying tribute to the 69-year old conservative politician.
Dassault was the eldest son of late French billionaire industrialist Serge Dassault, whose namesake Dassault Aviation, builds the Rafale war planes and owns Le Figaro newspaper.
“Olivier Dassault loved France. Captain of industry, lawmaker, local elected official, reserve commander in the air force: during his life, he never ceased to serve our country, to value its assets. His sudden death is a great loss. Thoughts on his family and loved ones,” Macron said on Twitter.
The private helicopter crashed on Sunday afternoon in Normandy, where he has a holiday home, according to a police source. The pilot was also killed.
A lawmaker for the conservative Les Republicains party since 2002, Dassault was considered the 361st richest man in the world alongside his two brothers and sister, with wealth of about 6bn euros ($7.15bn) mostly inherited from his father, according to the 2020 Forbes rich list.
He stepped down from his role on the board of Dassault due to his political role to avoid any conflict of interest.
Olivier, seen as the favourite of founder Marcel, was once considered favoured to succeed Serge at the head of the family holding, but that role went to former Dassault Aviation CEO Charles Edelstenne.
“Great sadness at the news of the sudden passing of Olivier Dassault,” Valerie Pecresse, a conservative politician who is president of the Paris region, said on Twitter.
“A businessman, but also a renowned photographer, he had a passion for politics in his blood, rooted in his department of Oise. My warm thoughts to his family.” ($1 = 0.8393 euros) (Source: Reuters)
08 Mar 21. HENSOLDT commits to more women in leadership positions. Launch of the “Elevate” initiative as part of the sustainability strategy to promote diversity and equal opportunities in the company . Sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT is committed to promoting diversity and equal opportunities within the company as part of its sustainability strategy. In particular, the proportion of female leaders is to be significantly increased in the coming years. The company is setting concrete goals with its “Elevate” initiative. The aim is to increase the proportion of women in the leadership team from 14.5% in 2020 to 25% in 2024. In addition, at least 35% of the company’s Executive Committee is to be represented by women in 2024.
“We will implement concrete strategies and direct actions to create a favourable environment to promote and develop women within HENSOLDT. In this way, we want to achieve a balanced distribution of female and male leaders. This is the only way to ensure sustainable growth and the long-term competitiveness of HENSOLDT,” says Celia Pelaz, Head of the Spectrum Dominance and Airborne Solutions Division and one of the Executive Committee sponsors for the Elevate initiative.
Companies with a culture of diversity and equal opportunities are up to eight times more successful, six times more innovative and agile, three times more efficient, and twice as likely to meet or exceed their financial targets than companies without such a culture. This is what international studies have shown. Reason enough for HENSOLDT not to rest on the achievements already made and being lived. With numerous initiatives, talents at HENSOLDT are promoted worldwide – regardless of their age, ethnic and social origin, nationality, religion, world view or gender identity and orientation. Specific measures take into account distinct target groups. Two examples: For several years now, HENSOLDT South Africa has been supporting formerly disadvantaged people and local engineers in their education and training with the “Black Economic Empowerment” programme. And as a member of the industry-wide “Women in Defence” initiative, HENSOLDT supports female engineering students who can later be employed. Now, as the latest initiative, “HENSOLDT Elevate” is intended to increase the proportion of women in leadership positions. HENSOLDT CEO Thomas Müller emphasises: “We want more diversity in thinking and acting at HENSOLDT – this promotes creativity, the spirit of innovation and satisfaction in the company. We only have 15 percent women in the leadership team at the moment – we will change that!
12 Mar 21. KNDS completes the reorganization of its management structure. Nicolas Chamussy appointed as DG Nexter. The Franco-German defense company KNDS, Europe’s leading manufacturer of military land systems, continues to move ahead with its integration. A few weeks after its shareholders – French state holding GIAT Industries and German family-owned Wegmann & Co GmbH – restructured the management bodies of KNDS, the group is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicolas Chamussy as CEO of Nexter, effective April 1st 2021. In accordance with the changes of governance reported in December 2020, he will be a member of the KNDS Executive Committee (ExCom). Graduated of the École Polytechnique (1987), of the École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées (ENSTA) (1992) and of the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (1992), Nicolas Chamussy started his career at the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) before joining the office of the French Minister of Defense as manager for industrial affairs and armament programs. In 1996, he was entrusted with responsibility for the energy sector at the Budget Department of the Ministry of the Economy and Finance. He then joined the industry, where he held various senior management positions at EADS, in the space (Astrium) and defense (Cassidian) business units. He was Chief of Staff to the CEO of Airbus from 2012 to 2016, before becoming Director of Space Systems within the Airbus Defense and Space division and member of the Executive Committee of Airbus Defense and Space. Since June 2019, he has been the space advisor of Airbus. Chaired by Frank Haun, the KNDS ExCom is in charge of the management of the company at holding level. The committee’s operational positions are held by top executives from its two subsidiaries Nexter and KMW in a balanced way, while the functions of Chief Integration Officer and Group Secretary have been taken over by Dutch executives. The KNDS Executive Committee had its kick-off meeting on March 1st, 2021. On the same day, the newly appointed Chairman of the KNDS Board of Directors, Philippe Petitcolin, took up his duty. The reorganization of KNDS management structure is now complete.
09 Mar 21. Anduril Industries has brought in Zachary Mears, a former senior Pentagon staffer, as head of strategy, the company is expected to announce Tuesday. Mears had been running Covington & Burling’s public policy practice but previously served as a chief of staff to then-Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and as the National Security Council’s director for strategic planning. Under Work, who prioritized outreach to small tech firms and Silicon Valley, Mears advised the Defense Innovation Unit – Experimental, or DIUx. (Source: glstrade.com/Defense News)
09 Mar 21. GM Defense has brought on Rick Kewley as its new executive chief engineer, who will be in charge of all engineering and program execution at the General Motors subsidiary, according to a March 10 company statement. Kewley has a long history at GM — a 27-year career — and most recently served as GM’s executive director of Global Product Development Quality. Other roles at GM include executive director for Vehicle and Propulsion Systems Engineering, director of Fuel Systems and Chassis Advanced Vehicle Development and director of Chassis and Powertrain Integration in Shanghai. Kewley is a 1989 West Point graduate and served as a U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery officer. His background will help build GM Defense’s “core capabilities,” the company said, including integrated vehicles, power and propulsion, mobility and autonomy. (Source: Defense News Early Bird/Defense News)
09 Mar 21. HawkEye 360 Inc. today announced the additions of retired Air Force General Kevin P. Chilton, retired Navy Admiral Scott Swift, former Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence B. Lynn Wright, former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Stephanie O’Sullivan and former U.S. Representative Mac Thornberry to its Board of Advisors.
“HawkEye 360 is privileged to welcome such distinguished leaders as the Class of 2021 of our Advisory Board,” said HawkEye 360 CEO John Serafini. “The accomplishments of these men and women throughout their careers bear witness to their extraordinary capabilities. They will be tremendous assets as we look to build on our position as the global commercial leader in RF data and analytics.”
General Chilton retired from the Air Force in 2011 as Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, a role in which he was responsible for the plans and operations of all U.S. forces conducting strategic nuclear deterrence and the Department of Defense’s space and cyberspace operations. During his 34 year career in the Air Force and NASA, he served as a fighter pilot, test pilot, astronaut aboard three space shuttle missions, Deputy Director for Political-Military Affairs for Asia, Pacific and the Middle East, Deputy Director for Air Force Programs and Assistant Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and Columbia University, and currently works as President of Chilton & Associates, LLC.
Admiral Swift served in the U.S. Navy for more than 40 years, serving as a light attack and strike fighter pilot. He commanded at all levels, including F/A-18 weapons school, aircraft carrier-based squadrons, Carrier Air Wing, Carrier Strike Group and the U.S. Seventh Fleet. He completed his uniformed career as the 35th Commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet in 2018. He is a graduate of San Diego State University and the U.S. Naval War College and is the founder of The Swift Group LLC.
Ms. B. Lynn Wright brings more than 34 years of experience in the Intelligence Community to HawkEye 360. As the former Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence and Director of the Naval Intelligence Activity, she supported the delivery of critical intelligence assessments to Navy leadership, oversaw intelligence activities and policy within the Navy and represented the Navy within the Intelligence Community. Prior, she served in various leadership positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Naval Intelligence, NATO (Afghanistan), theater commands, and combat support agencies. She is a graduate of Old Dominion University, George Mason University and the National Defense University.
Stephanie O’Sullivan served the Intelligence Community with great distinction for more than twenty years. She was named associate deputy director of the CIA in 2009 after working since 1995 to integrate new innovation into the agency’s operations. O’Sullivan most recently served from 2011 to 2017 as the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). She now sits on a variety of boards and continues to support the Intelligence Community. She holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Missouri Science and Technology University.
Congressman Mac Thornberry is the former Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Representing the 13th district of Texas in Congress from 1995 until 2021, he was a leader on national security issues, serving on the Armed Services Committee for 26 years and the Intelligence Committee for 14 years. While Chairman, he pushed reforms to update and streamline DoD acquisition to get new technologies into the hands of the warfighter faster and to enhance innovation within the military. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he is a graduate of Texas Tech University and the University of Texas Law School. These five individuals in the Class of 2021 will join the board’s 17 current members:
- Letitia Long (Advisory Board Chair)
- Arthur L. Money
- David Deptula Lt. Gen., USAF (Ret.)
- Doug Wolfe
- Tip Osterthaler Brig. Gen., USAF (Ret.)
- Senator Norm Coleman
- John Mulholland Lt. Gen., U.S Army (Ret.)
- Richard Clarke
- Robert Work
- James A. Winnefeld, Jr., Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
- Douglas Loverro
- Robert Cardillo
- Senator Joe Donnelly
- Joan Dempsey
- Marty Faga
- Chris Inglis
- Terry McAuliffe
HawkEye 360 uses satellites that fly in a commercially unique formation to independently geolocate the origin of a wide range of RF signals. This proprietary source of data enables HawkEye 360 to locate and analyze previously undetected activity, providing new insights for maritime, national security, emergency response, and environmental applications. (Source: PR Newswire)
05 Mar 21. Huntington Ingalls Industries announced Friday that Brian Cuccias, president of its Ingalls Shipbuilding division since 2014, will retire April 1 and be succeeded by Kari Wilkinson, the current vice president for program management. Wilkinson began with HII in 1996 and became ship program manager for the San Antonio-class landing platform dock program in 2007, the company said. She assumed her current role in 2016. (Source: Defense News)
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