USA: Raytheon Gets USD 106 Million for Aegis Radar Work

first_imgThe U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon Company  a $106.4 million modification to a previously awarded contract for the production of Aegis-related equipment, including the AN/SPY-1(D)V radar transmitter and MK99 Mod 14 Fire Control System. With this modification, Raytheon will continue its long history of reliable manufacturing of these two essential components, which are critical to Aegis’ air and missile defense capabilities.The work will support DDG 116, the next planned ship of the Arleigh Burke-class of destroyers, as well as the Aegis Ashore missile defense system. Raytheon’s AN/SPY-1 radar transmitters and MK99 Fire Control System, both key elements of the Aegis system, have been in production for more than 30 years as part of the U.S. Navy’s Aegis shipbuilding program.“Raytheon has partnered with the Navy for more than three decades on Aegis, and we look forward to supporting the next stage of the program,” said Denis Donohue, director of Above Water Sensors for Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems business. “As the world’s preeminent leader in naval radar technology, we are uniquely positioned to advance the legacy of Aegis and build upon its proven capabilities.”Raytheon’s Work on AegisRaytheon also provides performance-based logistics support, including spares and repairs, for Aegis weapons systems. In addition, the company manages system repairs in support of foreign military sales. The AN/SPY-1 and the MK99 are currently aboard the U.S. Navy’s fleet of cruisers and destroyers, as well as Japanese Kongo-class destroyers, Spanish F-100-class frigates, and South Korean KDX-111 King Sejong the Great-class destroyers. The AN/SPY-1 radar will also be deployed by the Royal Australian Navy’s future Air Warfare Destroyer. Raytheon Australia serves as the combat systems integrator for AWD.Work on this contract will be performed at Raytheon IDS’ Surveillance and Sensors Center, Sudbury, Mass.; Seapower Capability Center, Portsmouth, R.I.; and Integrated Air Defense Center, Andover, Mass.Radar Expertise and HeritageRaytheon’s radar expertise spans the spectrum from UHF to X/Ku-band for both land-based and naval radar solutions. The company’s program management, manufacturing maturity and infrastructure, and technology expertise continue to evolve to support both legacy and next-generation radars, such as the U.S. Navy’s Dual Band Radar, Cobra Judy Replacement, and Air and Missile Defense Radar.About RaytheonRaytheon Company, with 2011 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 90 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 71,000 people worldwide.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 18, 2012; Image: Raytheon USA: Raytheon Gets USD 106 Million for Aegis Radar Work View post tag: Aegis April 18, 2012 View post tag: Radar Work View post tag: Naval View post tag: Raytheon View post tag: USD 106 Million View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Raytheon Gets USD 106 Million for Aegis Radar Work View post tag: gets Equipment & technology View post tag: usa Share this articlelast_img read more

9/11: 18 years on

first_imgToday marks 18 years since the Berlin Wall fell, and the national debate — are things better for it? — rolls absurdly on. As reported by Welt, one in five Germans wants the wall back, surely a symptom of a disastrous case of ignorance plaguing the German youth. According to a study by the Freie Universität in Berlin, they think the wall was build by the Allies, the Stasi was just like any normal secret service, East Germany wasn’t a dictatorship and their most famous statesman was none other than Helmut Kohl, (West) German Chancellor from 1982 to 1998.But maybe the only good news coming out of the “Ostalgie” debate is that the quaint Trabant may be making a return. I’m not convinced by that report though — just look at this giveaway sentence, hidden right at the end: The company is looking for a producer to make a first run of 200 models.In the same way that Michael Knighton once looked for ?20m to buy Manchester United, I presume.For some British coverage, try Timothy Garton Ash’s take on the anniversary in yesterday’s Guardian.Cherwell 24 is not responsible for the content of external siteslast_img read more

Three cheers for Varsity

first_imgCheerleading is the latest sport to enter the realms of Varsity fame, as the Oxford Sirens took on the Cambridge Cougars last weekend. They competed at the Future Cheer Saturday Night Fever competition in Loughborough where teams from nearly 60 universities participated.Sirens’ President Susan Hawkins commented, “Our routine went almost perfectly, all our stunts hit, and we were all really proud of what we’ve achieved in such a short space of time – especially as almost every new member of the squad learns cheerleading from scratch in October.”As well as being judged in the general competition, a special ‘Varsity Trophy’ is to be awarded to either Oxford and Cambridge, who were judged alongside each other.Victoria Morrish, a member of the Sirens team at Varsity, explained the subsequent complications. She told Cherwell, “This year was the first year we’ve had the opportunity to cheer competitively against Cambridge’s squad, but unfortunately we’re in different divisions. The Cambridge Cougars compete in a level two division, while we compete in level three – the only difference in this is the difficulty of the stunts involved in the routines. Level three is one level ‘harder’ than level two, and unfortunately this has meant we cannot be judged directly against Cambridge.“However, the judges of Future Cheer (the organisers of the Loughborough competition on Sunday) have agreed to mark us against each other. It’s a shame we cannot compete in a head-to-head match against Cambridge but hopefully in future years this can be arranged at one of our home turfs.”Both the Oxbridge teams are still relatively young; the Sirens, who are Oxford’s self-proclaimed “Number 1 cheer team”, formed in 2004, whilst the Cougars were set up in 2007. The first ever Varsity match, in cricket, dates from 1827. Since then Varsity matches in more than 70 different events, including life-saving and mixed lacrosse, have been set up.last_img read more

Oxford divided over trans rights, data suggests

first_imgBoth constituencies ranked in the top third ofconstituencies surveyed nationally in terms of support for the statement.Oxford East was ranked the 60th most supportive of the 632constituencies surveyed, while Oxford West and Abingdon ranked as the 208th. The data, published by the news website UnHerd inassociation with the polling company Focal Data, resulted from askingrespondents whether they agreed or disagreed with the statement “it isacceptable for adolescent children to make their own decisions about theirgender identity.” UnHerd and Focaldata utilised the technique MultilevelRegression with Post-Stratification (MRP) in order to collate their data. Usingan online panel provider, data was collected from 21,119 respondents betweenJanuary 15 and November 4. MRP does not produce separate individualconstituency polls, but looks for patterns across constituencies in order toproduce a result. Newly published polling data has indicated that Oxford citizens are divided over issues surrounding trans rights. The attitude in Oxford West and Abingdon was less supportive, the data showing that 11% strongly agreed with the statement, 28% mildly agreed, 19% mildly disagreed, 11% strongly disagreed, and 31% remained undecided. The publishing of this data comes after a slew of transphobic stickers were posted around Oxford city centre during Michaelmas, echoing similar campaigns around the world. The stickers included comments such as “Woman. Noun. Adult human female,” “women don’t have penises” and “auto-gynephilia.”center_img In the Oxford East constituency, 12% of people stronglyagreed with the statement, 33% mildly agreed, 18% mildly disagreed, 9% stronglydisagreed, and 28% remained undecided. Home Office figures published in October showed an increasein hate crime during the 2018-19 year. The total of 2,333 transgender identityhate crimes represented an increase of 37% from 2017-18. Though a plurality expressed support for the statement inboth constituencies, a majority of respondents did not. Overall, only in sevenconstituencies across the United Kingdom (not including Northern Ireland), dida majority support the statement. The Oxford Student Union’s LGBTQ campaign declined tocomment for this story.last_img read more

McVitie’s changes fig roll packs

first_imgBiscuit company McVitie’s says it will be launching new-look fig rolls on the Irish market soon, after packaging has been changed following a recent court case (British Baker, 12 October, pg 12).Paul Parkins, United Biscuits’ director, Ireland, said it is currently amending the packaging of its fig rolls to “further distinguish” it from rival Jacob Fruitfield (Jacob’s) and will then continue with plans to launch them into the Irish market.McVitie’s was ordered to change packaging on its fig rolls in the case brought by Jacob’s over me-too packaging, leaving it with a stock of up to 60,000 fig rolls it could not sell in Ireland. More than 5,000 packets are being divided equally between Temple Street Children’s Hospital in Dublin and Crosscare, a charity for under-privileged people.last_img read more

Cotton Cake

first_imgJohn Bernard, a professor and dairy scientist at the University of Georgia Tifton campus, has found “cotton cake” to be an effective protein supplement for dairy cattle.Cotton cake is a type of cottonseed meal, the solid material that remains after oil is extracted from cottonseed and is made from products that would otherwise be wasted. The cotton cake Bernard has formulated is composed of a slightly different nutrient makeup than the raw material.Bernard discovered that cotton cake provides dairy cattle with an alternate source of protein than the commonly used soybean meal.“We really have to watch how much fat we put in their diets, so when they can get the extruder fine-tuned to reduce the oil content in the cotton cake, it makes that product better for feeding cattle,” he said.Bernard conducted a feeding trial in lactating dairy cattle on the UGA Tifton campus that compared three different diets. One diet used all soybean and heat-treated soybean meal products. In the others, Bernard replaced either the soybean product or the heat-treated soybean meal with cotton cake. In every diet tested, cattle produced comparable amounts of milk with similar composition.“The bottom line is, this product could very easily be used in a diet to replace some of the soybean meal, whether it’s regular soybean meal or heat-treated soybean meal product,” said Bernard.Knowing that cotton cake is a good substitute for soybean meal allows dairy producers to make informed decisions about what to feed their cattle as prices for feed ingredients fluctuate throughout the year. Cottonseed is not only more readily available to Georgia farmers, it is also less expensive. Therefore, it could save producers money.“We’re always looking for protein supplements and evaluating those on cost per unit of protein,” said Bernard.Cattle farmers are not the only beneficiaries of this product; cotton growers are too.“This research is designed to keep people buying cottonseed products, to hopefully keep those prices high for cotton farmers,” said Tom Wedegaertner, director of cottonseed research at Cotton Inc.Because cows can use the protein in cotton cake to break down fibers that are dangerous to humans, consumers also benefit.“There are always opportunities to look at new products that become available when processing grains or oilseed to produce something that is going to be more suitable for humans or somewhere in the industry,” Bernard said.He is one of few scientists in the U.S. who are conducting research on cotton cake as a protein supplement for dairy cattle.The low production numbers are likely due to the small number of factories that produce cotton cake across the U.S. In fact, the mill Bernard used to conduct his research is no longer located in Georgia.To read more about cotton research at UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, go to read more

Letters to the Press – June, 2013

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [colored_box color=”blue”]Well, now you know why people continuously drink and drive…because like this monster, you get a slap on the wrist and go do it again [“Bethpage Man Gets 1 Year in Jail for Fatal DWI Hit and Run,” May 16]. Very, very sad. Will they finally figure out that they need tougher laws for animals like this!!!Edna Clary Garcia via Facebook[/colored_box][colored_box color=”grey”]Still feeling it, house in shambles but rebuilding slowly RT @LongIslandPress: Long Island Marks 6 Months Since [email protected] via Twitter[/colored_box][colored_box color=”blue”]In bypassing the hype, ignorance and prejudice, etc., I am letting you know some of what I know, though not all that I think [“Letters to the Editor,” May]. Marijuana has been around a long time; the legislative history is well known and it impels the cartels. Colorado and Washington have their foot in the door so that those who wish may now have their pot and smoke it too, and also make brownies if they wish. The future of this situation for all depends on how it plays out in those two states. Hopefully, it will be for the good and be an aid in finding a solution to the war on drugs.Charles Samek, Mineola via email[/colored_box][colored_box color=”grey”]Do not second guess unless you can walk in the shoes of an officer [“Hofstra Student Killed by Officer’s Bullet During Robbery,” May 18]. It is easy for all of you to sit in your living room and “Monday morning quarterback.” Direct your anger at the judge who let the criminal out. Direct your anger at the social programs that don’t work and the funds that are just thrown at them. Direct your anger at the animal and his family for not raising him right.Paul Carpentieri via Facebook[/colored_box][colored_box color=”blue”]“What are they expecting” is the real ?? RT @LongIslandPress: U.S. Military ‘Power Grab’ Goes Into Effect. Not [email protected] via Twitter[/colored_box][colored_box color=”blue”]Jaclyn Gallucci’s article “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” [“Out There,” May] did an excellent job describing what rowing is all about. Her description of torrential downpours and waterspouts reminded me of a similar situation long ago with SRA’s Learn to Row program. Instead of waterspouts we saw lightning strikes bouncing off the water while my wife was sitting in a metal coach boat. One thing to always remember: rowing is, and always will be a water sport.William Ober, Head Coach, Huntington High Crew Team via email[/colored_box][colored_box color=”blue”]Love that my hometown paper, @LongIslandPress, made national headlines with their #WarPowers [email protected] via Twitter[/colored_box]last_img read more

Return on investment for credit union branching

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Burnett As Regional Director for LEVEL5, I prospect, identify and align the needs of financial institutions across the US with LEVEL5’s integrated service offering. We develop solutions that allow our … Web: Details A recent study released by the Financial Brand revealed the top priorities for financial institution (FI) marketers are: 1) Increase Wallet Share, 2) Increase Loan Growth and 3) Acquire New Customers. Given the branch has historically been a dominant tool in the FI tool belt, it would appear that these goals are challenged. In an increasingly omni-channel consumer society where branch visits are down and population per branch is low (thanks to the proliferation of branches), it would appear the deck is stacked against FIs trying to get a return on investment (ROI) from branching, while reaching its goals. This is especially true when we consider how branch use has changed.No longer is the branch the primary channel of choice for consumer transactions. Consumers today use branches for different things than they did even 10 years ago. Branch use for depositing, withdrawing, and transferring funds is a shadow of its former self. However, when we consider what the branch IS for today…there is more than a little light at the end of the tunnel.According to an Ernst & Young survey, 65% of sales occur in a physical environment i.e. the branch. So for FIs looking for a ROI for branching look no further than sales and service for your key driver of success. With this shift in mindset comes the opportunity for a new result.Marketers of brands like Apple and Disney keenly identify that brands change over time – they evolve. Furthermore, they know that the brand and the business are intertwined as they seek to make emotional connections with their customers to drive sales. A good example is Coca-Cola. Coke’s market cap is attributable not just to the commodity of soft drinks, but also to Coke’s iconic bottle, a physical embodiment of the brand. In fact, without the Coke brand, its value is half.FIs can learn from other retailers and develop specific strategies to get a ROI for their efforts to market their company’s brand in its primary channel, the branch.The journey begins with market research and analysis that drives to a business case for or against branch investment. Understanding the loan and deposit potential in a market can quickly start an effective narrative for branching by defining goals and expectations based on facts. Those facts frame our investment in land, building and people so we can predict with greater certainty what the future holds.Then based on these facts, we build a plan to connect with the opportunity. Our engagement begins by tailoring the interior space to the culture and desired customer experience. The focus is on enabling “bankers” to easily connect with their clients. The physical identity (architecture) and signage of the branch is an extension of the culture and makes a statement to the market at large so the market knows we are different. This means we don’t run the same play every time and in every community. Specifically, we don’t always use teller lines, or pods, or self-service, but look at each market’s components and then tailor our connection.As we build the connective environment, we are intentional to communicate our brand message in graphics, colors and materials. Our value to the community and customer cannot be guesswork because these components drive action – action taken by our employees to use these materials to cross sell, and action by the customers who are now educated on what we can offer.Bigger banks have taken these components to heart and are leading the way on branch experience and getting great returns. In late January 2016, JD Power revealed that customer satisfaction at big banks is at an all time high, which is remarkable given the attitude of the marketplace toward big banks after the financial crisis. Big banks have learned that customer engagement in the branch is powerful and they make their value proposition clear.The great news is we can quantify the ROI for branching using the tools mentioned above. For example, a FI in Michigan wanted to create a new customer engagement model in its community to achieve more loan opportunities. The plan included relocating a branch and remodeling a second facility with a new way of connecting, and the glue that held it together was training. The FI changed the engagement model to focus on asking questions and relationship building. They also changed their branch environment, and moved away from teller lines and used technology to automate routine activities. When the brand message became specific to the community and the FI’s mission, then the culture changed. Within the first two years, the FI has grown its loan to deposit ratio from 88% to 92%.Furthermore, a FI in the Southwest grew from $1.0 Billion to $3.5 Billion in 5 years while maintaining a ROA of 0.80 through a similar shift. The shift included a new engagement model in the branch, messaging throughout the customer experience, and a new identity to the exterior. The exterior change was important; it helped the community identify with the change. By the way, the bank quantified the business case through research before each move.In review, FIs can reach their goals of increased wallet share, loans and customer growth in the branch by following these steps:We are clear on what we want and whom we serve. Our customers are diverse and changing, so our channels must appeal to all generations.We tailor the message of the branch to the market, which includes doing our research and quantifying the loan and deposit opportunity – upfront. Then we focus the branch experience on the opportunity.Our goal is to establish an emotional connection with our customers and community to drive results. Our focus is on engagement and inviting the community in, so we listen more and talk less.Branch ROI can be quantified and results improved with focused strategy, tactics, and action. However, the road is vigorous and requires total attention.last_img read more

Congress returns this week: Flood insurance, government funding on agenda

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Congress is back in full swing this week, and NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler details lawmakers’ to-do list in a new NAFCU Today video, including the need to address fiscal 2018 government funding, reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and raise the debt ceiling, all by month’s end.Thaler also mentions possible action soon by the Senate on a House-passed Congressional Review Act resolution to withdraw the CFPB’s recent arbitration rulemaking. In the coming weeks and months, Thaler says, Congress and the administration will also continue work on tax reform, regulatory relief, housing finance reform and data security.“All these issues and more will be addressed during next week’s Congressional Caucus,” says Thaler.Congress this week will also be holding hearings addressing economic growth and the financial regulatory regime. Hearings include:last_img read more

Two charged with felony after check-cashing scheme

first_imgThe Broome County Sheriff’s Office says 19-year-old Sadeeq Tarry and 19-year-old Naomi Webster have both been charged with one count of grand larceny in the fourth degree, a class E felony. They say the fraudulent check-cashing scheme dates back to December of 2019. (WBNG) — The Broome County Sheriff’s Detective Division has arrested two individuals in connection to a fraudulent check-cashing scheme.center_img The sheriff’s office says Tarry and Webster were processed for arrest and issued appearance tickets.last_img