Archive: Personnel Moves

New AIA Chairman Is Clayton Jones of Rockwell Collins

Clayton Jones, chairman, president and CEO of Rockwell Collins [COL], is the new chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the powerful defense-contractors and aerospace industry organization. The AIA board of governors elected Jones to serve as its chairman for this year, and he took office with AIA on Jan. 1. Jones succeeds William Swanson, […]

Rep. Wicker To Replace Mississippi Sen. Lott

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) this week announced he has chosen Rep. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) to replace the retiring Minority Whip Trent Lott. Lott, who had four years remaining in his term in the Senate, left before new ethics rules were in place requiring policymakers to wait for two years before lobbying the government. He […]

In The News

Space Rocket Engine Passes Test: ATK Alliant Techsystems [ATK] demonstrated a critical capability of its liquid oxygen (LOX)/methane rocket engine by igniting it in a vacuum chamber, ATK announced. The test demonstrated the viability of a LOX/methane rocket engine for a lunar ascent mission. This test engine was designed for 3,500 pounds/feet thrust to bracket […]

Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense Anything But Iraq. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said last week said that before the end of the congressional session Democrats were likely to include defense funding in an omnibus spending bill that would be considered before the end of the year. "There probably […]

Nelson Ford Tapped As Acting Army Under Secretary

Nelson Ford, assistant secretary of the Army for Financial Management and Comptroller (ASA(FM&C)), has been named Acting Under Secretary of the Army. Ford has served as the assistant secretary of the Army for Financial Management and Comptroller from October 2006 until the present. Previously, he was principal deputy assistant secretary of the Army for Controls […]

Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense Movement Possible. A House leadership aide confirmed the House is likely to appoint conferees this week for the defense authorization bill. Conferees from the House and Senate are expected to meet shortly after to sign off on the defense authorization bill. Most of the […]

Smolen Steps In As Defense Programs Chief At NNSA

Robert Smolen, a former Air Force officer and top arms control official at the White House National Security Council, Wednesday was sworn in as deputy administrator for defense programs at the National Nuclear Security Administration, the semi-autonomous weapons agency in the Energy Department. Smolen steps into the key position as the agency, known as NNSA, […]

Darryl Davis Named President Advanced Systems For Boeing IDS

Boeing [BA] yesterday named Darryl Davis as president, Advanced Systems, for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (IDS). Davis replaces George Muellner, who recently announced his intent to retire effective Dec. 31. "Darryl’s extensive background in new product development, his leadership and ability to inspire others, and strong customer focus make him an excellent choice to lead […]

Public Face of Pentagon And State Department Undergo Changes

Bryan Whitman today takes control of the Pentagon’s public affairs office, replacing Dorrance Smith as the assistant secretary of public affairs. In a memo circulated Oct. 30, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England said Whitman, the current deputy, would manage the day-to-day operations of the Pentagon office. England will maintain control over personnel and budget issues, […]

DoD Appoints Scott Large As NRO Director

Scott Large has been named as director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), the Pentagon said last week. The Director of National Intelligence concurred with the appointment, it added. Before his appointment, Large served as the NRO’s principal deputy director, and recently as the director of source operations and management in the National Geospatial- Intelligence […]