New York, Geneva (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense Europe) Oct 23, 2011
Former DOD official criticizes European Phased Adaptive Approach Dov Zakheim, a former official at the Department of Defense, criticized President Barack Obama's plan for European Phased Adaptive Approach. Zakheim noted that the SM-3 block IB missile failed its first flight test, which will probably delay the scheduled deployment in 2015. He also questioned whether the U.S. or NATO could still afford EPAA after budget woes have hit both. Oct 20, 2011
AgustaWestland AgustaWestland is the latest defence contractor to announce big job cuts in response to slowing defence spending, with up to 375 proposed redundancies at its UK operations. The company blames reduced helicopter purchases by the UK Ministry of Defence, as well as slowing export sales. The exact number of redundancies has yet to be determined, and the company has launched a voluntary scheme to minimise the number of compulsory cuts it will have to make. The final number will be known in early 2012, following a 90-day consultation period, but could be in excess of 10% of AgustaWestland's UK workforce of 3,600, of which 3,400 are based at Yeovil, Somerset. The move follows BAE Systems' late September announcement that it was reducing its UK workforce by nearly 3,000 in response to spending cuts in programmes ranging from the Eurofighter Typhoon to Hawk trainers and Tornado attack jets. Oct 14, 2011
Boeing, Tapestry Solutions, DOD Boeing Subsidiary Tapestry Solutions to Conduct US Army Training in Europe. Boeing today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Tapestry Solutions was selected by the Department of Defense (DOD) to conduct training exercises for the U.S. Army in Europe under the Joint Multinational Simulation Center's Battle Staff Training contract. Tapestry was awarded a five-year, USD59 million contract to design, plan and conduct exercises ranging from Army unit-level activities to large-scale events involving multinational forces, such as the European Command's annual Austere Challenge. Tapestry, as prime contractor, leads a team that includes SAIC of McLean, Va., and Capstone Corp. and Metro Productions, both of Alexandria, Va. The contract calls for the Tapestry team to provide support to the Joint Multinational Simulation Center in Grafenwohr,Germany, and to its satellites in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and Vicenza, Italy. Tapestry also will support the Joint Multinational...