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10 Dec 03. The fifth annual Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award was presented to the Laser Additive Manufacturing and Laser Shock Peening (LSP)initiatives on Dec. 2 at the Defense Manufacturing Conference, Washington, D.C. The award recognizes Defense and private sector individuals responsible for developing innovative manufacturing processes that improve the affordability, cycle time, readiness and availability of weapon systems and components for warfighter needs. Sue Payton, deputy under secretary of defense, advanced systems and concepts, presented the award. The Laser Additive Manufacturing (LAM) team, consisting of representatives from Army, Navy, Air Force, Defense Logistics Agency, Pratt and Whitney, AeroMet Corp., Lockheed Martin, The Boeing Co., Northrop Grumman and MTS Systems Corp., was recognized for developing and implementing an innovative manufacturing process that has given birth to a new industry.

15 Dec 03. EADS Defence Electronics and Lufthansa Technik intend to cooperate on the integration of electronic self-protection systems in aircraft particularly endangered by man-portable missiles in the hands of terrorists. According to an announcement made by EADS on Monday, both companies on December, 4th have signed an agreement to collaborate in this field.

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