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L-3 Communications Corporation: Defense Manufacturing in the Future

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Bruce Weinberg, a speaker at the marcus evans Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing Summit 2011, on creating an environment of continuous improvement.

Interview with: Bruce Weinberg, Vice President Operations, L-3 Communications Corporation

Hollywood, FL, USA December 9, 2010 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aerospace and defense manufacturers need to provide change at much higher speeds as the industry heads towards downsizing, says Bruce Weinberg, Vice President – Operations at L-3 Communications Corporation. They must look internally to create an environment of continuous improvement. A speaker at the marcus evans Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing Summit 2011 in Hollywood, Florida, February 9-11, Weinberg shares his thoughts on creating efficiencies, production optimization and growth areas in the industry today.

What does the future hold for the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry?

Bruce Weinberg: The biggest challenge for the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry today is creating an environment of continuous improvement whilst experiencing downsizing. While our businesses shrink, we have to keep our eyes on improving, sustaining that improvement and improving the overall cost and quality of products. Our customer base is unique – soldiers depend on our products with their lives. We must focus not just on what we can do from a product perspective but also look at our internal processes; sustainability is going to be the key with the restructuring of budgets that will take place.

What strategies for creating efficiencies would you recommend?

Bruce Weinberg: We have many tools available to address industry challenges. Six Sigma Solutions are great tools for achieving the improvements that are needed.

When we talk about implementing Lean Six Sigma, many people think of Kaizen Events and Value Stream Mapping. However, processes for in-house audits and ownership also need further development. To maintain the higher levels of achievement realized through Six Sigma, everyone has to understand why in-house audits are necessary. Sustainment is the key challenge, yet it is also the key for improvement.

We should evaluate all processes and take advantage of all available technologies. Technology changes so quickly that manufacturing directors have to recognize the speed in which they are able to provide change. I like referring to the McDonald’s philosophy, where customers pull up to one window to place an order and go to the next window to pick it up. We need to deliver innovative products at the speed that McDonald’s has been able to. We can learn how to do this better.

Where are the areas for growth in this industry?

Bruce Weinberg: There are many new technologies available to improve both products and manufacturing processes. It is about knowing your customers and their needs, and pulling the right mix of technologies for the business base.

The defense world will be facing lower volumes of sales for several years, therefore niche products that address industry issues will be key now and in the future to come.

Author: Sarin Kouyoumdjian-Gurunlian, Press Manager, marcus evans, Summits Division

About the Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing Summit 2011

This unique forum will take place at The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, Florida, USA February 9-11, 2010. Offering much more than any conference, exhibition or trade show, this exclusive meeting will bring together esteemed industry thought leaders and solution providers to a highly focused and interactive networking event. The summit includes presentations on exploring growth areas, mitigating the threat of counterfeit products and RoHS compliance.

For more information please send an email to or visit the event website at

marcus evans group – defense sector portal

Please note that the summit is a closed business event and the number of participants strictly limited.

About marcus evans Summits

marcus evans Summits are high level business forums for the world’s leading decision-makers to meet, learn and discuss strategies and solutions. Held at exclusive locations around the world, these events provide attendees with a unique opportunity to individually tailor their schedules of keynote presentations, think tanks, seminars and one-on-one business meetings. For more information, please visit

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Interview with Robert Vitrikas from the National Ground Intelligence Center on Countering the IED Threat Network

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Alexa Deaton, IDGA
Tel: 212-885-2725

New York, NY, USA – December 7, 2010 – The threat posed by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) is the greatest threat facing American and NATO Forces today. Reports have shown that between 70-80% of troop casualties are caused by IEDs and that 2010 has been the deadliest year for US troops in Afghanistan since the war began.

In keeping with these developments, Robert Vitrikas, Program Manager for the Counter Improvised Explosive Device Targeting Program (CITP) at the National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) spoke with IDGA’s Senior Editor Nick Yonker on the latest at CITP and ongoing work to combat IED threats. He details what he sees to be the biggest challenge U.S. Forces face in battling the IED threat network. In addition, Mr. Vitrikas also gives his insight into what the future holds for Counter-IED programs for the military in the next decade.

The Podcast has been made available here.

Mr. Vitrikas will be speaking at IDGA’s 4th Annual Counter IED Summit taking place January 24-27, 2011 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, VA. For more information on attending IDGA’s Counter IED Summit, and to see a full list of subject matter, please visit: or contact Alexa Deaton at

The Institute for Defense & Government Advancement (IDGA) is a non-partisan information-based organization dedicated to the promotion of innovative ideas in public service and defense through live conferences and events. We bring together speaker panels and events comprised of military and government professionals while attracting delegates with decision-making power from military, government, and defense industries.

In addition to our live events, IDGA also offers an online community dedicated to providing defense industry professionals with breaking news, business opportunities, introductions, podcasts, webinars, and presentations from key industry leaders. Members of our online community are able to extend their live event experience and interact with the defense industry by leveraging the opportunity to network, share ideas, best practices, and business solutions.

For more information, please visit

PR for Executive Insider Briefings MADAGASCAR

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007


Nicole Smith

Telephone: +27 21 700 3500
Fax: +27 21 700 3501

The only interactive forum for investors in Madagascar

Madagascar. — Madagascar is fast becoming an emerging market to watch. With the democratic re-election of President Marc Ravolomananana and the appointment of a new government that is implementing the Madagascar Action Plan (MAP) to fast-track social and economic development, this island nation offers a host of opportunities to the investor.

Eight commitments underpin MAP, and of particular investor interest is the promise to rebuild infrastructure. The government has prioritised the Energy Sector Development Project which enables ample investor opportunities in this reforming energy sector; partners are being sought out to improve generation, distribution and transmission of energy and electrification of the entire country.

In addition to these bold plans to encourage direct foreign investment, is the fact that Madagascar is bountiful in natural mineral resources like gemstones (sapphire, rubies, amethyst), gold, diamonds, uranium, bauxite, graphite, chromite and coal. Now a member of the Africa Trade and Insurance Agency, The Ministry of Mines has signed the Loi sur les Grands Investissement Miniers Law of large mining investments — to encourage mining exploration and develop the Mining Code in order to regulate the industry.

But how would a company get an inside perspective on the real opportunities that are now present in Madagascar? Attending the Executive Insider Briefings MADAGASCAR, taking place from the 16-18 April at the Hotel Colbert, Antananarivo, Madagascar is a tailored opportunity in which to meet the new government and public sector decision-makers, as well as high-level business people already operating in this market.

The Executive Insider Briefings MADAGASCAR is a two day round-table forum whereby participants can meet and access directly the new government of Madagascar and derive first-hand, in-depth knowledge of the business environment in general and of the energy and mining sectors, in particular.

A sophisticated programme of top Madagascar business contacts ensures any investor the convenience of immediate access to key projects coming up in energy and mining. Site visits to an electricity generation site as well as to an active mining site provides a unique opportunity to witness the island’s burgeoning operations and infrastructure.

Don’t miss out on this exclusive forum. For more information visit or contact Nicole Smith, or telephone: +27 21 700 3500 or fax: +27 21 700 3501 to receive registration forms. Places are limited.