Kendall said program managers
should be given reasonable requirements, the resources they need to
succeed and strong incentives to succeed. He said incentives also apply to
the defense industry and have proven time and again to be successful in
delivery of a successful program.
Kendall touted the benefits of
competition. He also said that monetizing performance differentials “so
that industry knows when it bids
whether it should bid a higher performance level or not. This is an area
where the service chiefs can be enormously helpful. … They’re the ones
who can make the judgment about
whether it’s worth 10 percent more
in the unit cost of whatever thing
they are buying to get a little bit
more performance or not. It’s working very well in source selections.”
n Mercury Systems Inc. has
completed its previously reported acquisition of the embedded
security, RF and microwave, and
custom microelectronics businesses from Microsemi Corp.
n Northrop Grumman Corp.
and the University of Southern
California (USC) Viterbi School
of Engineering have teamed up to
establish a new home for advanced
research in optical materials and
nanophotonic devices. The new organization — the Northrop Grumman
Institute of Nanophotonics and
Nanomaterials — will be based on
the USC campus in Los Angeles. It
will bring together research teams
from the university and the aerospace industry to explore the properties of tiny structures and materials
that exist only at the atomic level.
n Klein Marine Systems Inc. selected Satélites y Telecommunicaciones
C.A. as an international representative for Klein Marine Systems
Maritime Security and Surveillance
systems in Venezuela and Panama.
n BAE Systems Inc. appointed
retired Navy Adm. Jonathan W.
Greenert, the former chief of naval
operations, to its board of directors
for a three-year term.
n General Dynamics elected
Firat H. Gezen vice president and
appointed him president of General
Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical
Systems following the retirement
of Michael S. Wilson. Gezen has
been the chief operating officer
of Ordnance and Tactical Systems
since March 2015.
n The American Association of
Port Authorities elected Mark
McAndrews chairman of the board
for the 2016-17 activity year that
begins in late October. He will
assume the chairmanship from
Port Saint John President and
Chief Executive Officer Jim Quinn.
McAndrews has served as Port of
Pascagoula’s port director since
n Seaborne Communications appointed Simon Gutteridge
business development director. Prior
to joining Seaborne, Gutteridge
led the development of a range of
technically focused events for the
Institute of Marine, Engineering,
Science and Technology, as con-
ference producer and sponsorship
n The Association for Unmanned
Vehicle Systems International elect-
ed its board of directors at its May
exposition. Current board direc-
tors Jonathan Downey, Airware,
and Lauren McCollum, Lockheed
Martin, were re-elected. The new
directors are Peter Cleveland, Intel;
Jeff Lovin, Woolpert; Waseem
Naqvi, Raytheon; and Jim Thomsen,
n The American Waterways
Operators, the national trade asso-
ciation representing the tugboat,
towboat and barge industry, elect-
ed a new slate of leaders during
its Spring Convention: James F.
Farley, corporate vice president,
Industry Relations, Kirby Corp.,
was named chairman; Edward
J. “Ted” Tregurtha, president of
Moran Towing Corp., vice chair-
man. Farley succeeds outgoing
Chairman David G. Sehrt, senior
vice president and chief engineer-
ing officer of Ingram Barge Co.
n The Port of New Orleans’ board
of commissioners named the port’s
current chief operating officer,
Brandy Christian, as president and
chief executive officer to succeed
Gary LaGrange, who retired.
n WFS Technology Ltd. appointed Graeme Slater as its sales
manager for the United Kingdom,
Australia and Southeast Asia.
Previously, Graeme spent 13 years
at Schlumberger in domestic and
international managerial positions.
n Harris Corp. named Alan
Callaghan president and managing director of Harris Defence
Australia, a new operation that
combines the company’s defense
related operations in the region.
Callaghan previously served as
vice president of international sales and managing director
of Asia Pacific operations for the
Harris Communication Systems
n Airbus Group appointed Marc
Fontaine as digital transformation
officer. Previously, he served as
secretary and chief of staff of the
Airbus chief executive officer. ■
Reporting by Megan Scully of CQ
Roll Call. Managing Editor Richard R.
Burgess contributed to this report.
The Editor’s Note in the May
issue used the incorrect designation for the ship that
made the first successful
transoceanic voyage under
steam propulsion. It was the