“One of the things that struck me as being different
than what I have seen in years past is the number of
enlisted personnel that are here,” he said. “We’ve been
working hard on trying to open up the partnerships,
not only with different organizations, but encouraging
participation at all levels.”
n Mercury Systems Inc. has acquired Oxnard,
Calif.-based Delta Microwave LLC, a designer
and manufacturer of high-value radio frequency,
microwave and millimeter wave subassemblies and
components for military and space markets.
Expansions and Consolidations
n Boeing has selected a site in Plano, Texas, for the
headquarters of its new Global Services business
unit, which will be operational in July. The site will
serve as a central hub for approximately 20,000
employees located around the globe.
n Aerojet Rocketdyne Inc. plans to consolidate its
Sacramento and Vernon, Calif., and Gainesville, Va.,
sites while centralizing and expanding its existing
presence in Huntsville, Ala., with a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, expected to be ready
for production in mid-2019. At the Sacramento site,
defense-related program management, engineering and related support positions will be moved to
Huntsville, home of Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Defense
headquarters and Rocket Shop Defense Advanced
Programs, by the end of 2018. The majority of the
remaining programs and support positions will be
relocated to the company’s Space headquarters at
its Los Angeles site. The company plans to close
its Gainesville facility in the third quarter of 2018.
Approximately 170 positions there will be relocated
or eliminated, with relocations planned to Huntsville
and the company’s facility in Orange County, Va.
n Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division has
expanded its secure manufacturing capabilities for
sensitive U.S. Defense Department aerospace and
defense programs by contracting with Zentech
Manufacturing, a premier electronics contract
n Kraken Sonar Inc. as signed an exclusive licens-
ing agreement for underwater robotics technology
with Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics,
System Technologies and Image Exploitation.
Fraunhofer is the largest organization for applied
research in Europe.
n Armorvent, a producer of body armor ventilation
solutions for law enforcement, military and corrections personnel, has entered into a strategic
partnership with Point Blank Enterprises, a developer of high-performance body armor.
n The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)
elected Steve Cernak, chief executive and port director
for Broward County, Fla.’s Port Everglades, to serve as
the association’s chairman of the board for the 2017-
18 activity year that begins in October. He will assume
the AAPA chairmanship from Mark McAndrews, Port
of Pascagoula, Miss., port director.
n Retired Adm. Sir George Zambellas, the former
First Sea Lord of the British Royal Navy, has joined
Liquid Robotics’ global Strategic Advisory Board.
n Rolf Ziesing has joined General Atomics Electro-
magnetic Systems as vice president of Programs. He
will have overall leadership and day-to-day opera-
tions responsibilities for the Electromagnetic Aircraft
Launch System and Advanced Arresting Gear. Ziesing
was vice president of national security programs and
vice president of nuclear equipment manufacturing
at BWX Technologies.
n Horizon Shipbuilding Inc. of Bayou La Batre, Ala.,
selected John Hotz as vice president of business
n Saab appointed Dean Rosenfield as new head of
Market Area Asia Pacific, effective next January.
Rosenfield is managing director of Saab Australia.
Current head of the Market Area Dan Enstedt will
take up the position as senior adviser to Håkan
Buskhe, president and chief executive officer of Saab.
n Riptide Autonomous Solutions, a builder of low-cost
micro unmanned undersea vehicles, hired John Vestri
as chief operating officer and chief financial officer.
n Engility Holdings Inc. appointed Scott Whatmough
senior vice president of the Defense Group business.
Whatmough joins Engility after 30 years at Raytheon,
where he most recently led a $900-million military
electronics systems business.
n Ben FitzGerald, senior fellow and technology and
national security program director at the Center for
a New American Security, joined the Majority Staff
of the Senate Armed Services Committee, chaired by
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., where he will focus on
issues including acquisitions policy and the defense
industrial base. n
Reporting by Megan Scully of CQ Roll Call. Managing Editor
Richard R. Burgess contributed to this report.