Each year, ADM and the DMO seek to award the best that industry and DMO have to offer across their acquisition, sustainment and rapid acquisition teams from both primes and SMEs. This year was no different, with 51 teams entering the competition. After a rigorous judging process, we are happy to announce the following citations for their work in 2010.
There was also a special judges award for the Air5333 (Vigilare) team from Boeing and DMO, recognising their work over the last three years to get the program back on track after an acrimonious relationship between the teams. They have now managed to deliver a world-class capability, though a little later than originally planned.
The winners of the Essington Lewis trophies for this year were DMO's PMV Accelerated Upgrade Team and Thales Australia for producing in approximately 10 weeks, 18 PMVs - upgraded to MEAO specifications - for immediate deployment, and soon after, nine more vehicles to establish a strategic reserve. The remarkable achievement demonstrated the excellent working relationship between Thales and the DMO, and the unified approach both organisations have embraced in order to effectively support Army's operational requirements.
The other Essington Lewis trophy winner was UAVMU - Army Aviation Systems Program Office and Insitu Pacific Limited for in delivering the ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System capability to support critical operational and training outcomes for the ADF. Through their efforts, Defence has been able to guarantee substantial and enduring operationally critical ScanEagle support to ADF and coalition elements operating in Afghanistan.
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ADM presents the annual Air Power Issue.
Editor Katherine Ziesing covers the way forward for Air 5428 now the contract is finally signed and Senior Correspondent Julian Kerr weighs up the difficulty of counting the cost of the JSF. Deputy Editor At Large Nigel Pittaway takes a look at Air Mobility Group as it embraces Plan Jericho and Air Force's engineering capability.
Kerr also provides an update on Land 400 Phase Two with the downselect expected in a few weeks and Philip Smart reviews HATS.
And hear from our From the Source interviewee, Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Leo Davies, as Air Force nears the halfway point of a long transition and Plan Jericho takes root.
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