200 ACV 1. 1 vehicles that would
have little ability to “swim” ashore,
and then acquire a more capable
1. 2 model, Glueck said the five
vendors who have provided vehicles for extensive testing are offering models that come close to the
1. 2 capability.
The general said the wheeled
ACV candidates had better land
mobility, where the vehicles would
operate 90 percent of the time, and
much better protection against
land mines and improvised explosive devices with the double “V”
hulls and raised suspension that a
tracked amphibious vehicle could
“We have not given away any
capability, but we gained survivability,” he said.
Challenged on how the Marines
expected to conduct amphibious
assaults in the face of longer range,
precision land defenses, Glueck said
the Corps had no intention of repeating the bloody World War II island
assaults, but would use the sea as
maneuver space to find the “gaps
and seams” in enemy defenses.
Merger & Acquisition
; Vigor Industrial and Kvichak
Marine Industries are merging,
with Kvichak, a builder of work-boats, becoming a wholly owned
subsidiary of Vigor, a shipbuilding
and repair company. The combined
employment will total 2,500 in
Washington, Oregon and Alaska.
; Mercury Systems Inc., a provider
of secure and sensor processing sub-systems for defense and intelligence
applications, has opened the second
of four planned Mercury Innovation
Centers, the latest one being located
at its headquarters in Chelmsford,
; LMI Aerospace Inc. in St. Louis
has appointed Steven Schaffer to
its board of directors, replacing
Joseph Burstein, who has retired.
Schaffer is a retired executive of the
Boeing Co., with more than 36
years of experience in the aerospace
industry. Schaffer was vice presi-
dent and general manager, Supplier
Management, responsible for all
outside production for Boeing
; MBDA has appointed Dave Arm-
strong as MBDA U.K. managing di-
rector and executive group director,
replacing Steve Wadey, who left to
join QinetiQ as its new chief execu-
tive officer (CEO). Armstrong previ-
ously served as group director of
MBDA’s Meteor group.
; GenCorp Inc. of Sacramento,
Calif., has appointed Eileen Drake
chief operating officer. Drake, a for-
mer Army aviator, previously served
at United Technologies Corp. as
president of Pratt & Whitney Aero-
Power’s auxiliary power unit and
small turbojet propulsion business.
; John K. Welch has been elected to
the board of directors of Huntington
Ingalls Industries. Welch retired in
October after nine years as president
and CEO of Centrus Energy Corp.,
formerly USEC Inc., a global suppli-
er of enriched uranium fuel for com-
mercial nuclear power plants.
Previously, Welch served as execu-
tive vice president of General Dy-
namics’ Marine Systems Group.
; The Long Beach Board of Harbor
Commissioners has appointed Mi-
chael Christensen and Glenn Farren
to newly created management posi-
tions to enhance cargo flow and serv-
ice at the Port of Long Beach.
Christensen, who most recently was
deputy executive director at the Port
of Los Angeles, was appointed senior
executive for Supply Chain Opti-
mization. Farren, formerly general
manager for Hapag-Lloyd America,
will be the director of Tenant Services
; Marion C. Blakey, leaving the
Aerospace Industries Association
after seven years as its president and
chief executive officer, has been ap-
pointed president and chief executive
officer Rolls Royce North America.
; Northrop Grumman Corp. has
elected James S. Turley to its
board of directors. Turley served as
chairman and CEO of Ernst &
Young from 2001 until his retire-
ment in 2013.
; Larry R. Flynn, former president
of Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., will
succeed Joseph T. Lombardo as
executive vice president of the Ge-
neral Dynamics Aerospace group
when Lombardo retires in June.
Mark L. Burns, president of
Product Support for Gulfstream,
will succeed Flynn as president. In
addition, M. Amy Gilliland, vice
president, Human Resources, and a
former naval officer, has succeeded
Walter M. Oliver as General Dyna-
mics’ senior vice president, Human
Resources and Administration.
; The Perry-class frigate USS
Samuel B. Roberts will be decommissioned on May 22 after more than 29
years of service. The frigate is homeported in Mayport, Fla. ;
Reporting by Seapower Correspondent
Megan Scully of CQ Roll Call.
Managing Editor Richard R. Burgess
and Special Correspondent Otto
Kreisher contributed to this report. For
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