Archive for December, 2010

CESE Forum Informs Philippine Energy Discussion

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Thought Leadership Emerges from Discussion in Manila Involving Public, Private and People Sectors

Contact: Rex Ian Sayson
Arc Media Global
(+65) 6844 2080

SINGAPORE (December 14, 2010) “ Discussions at the Nuclear Power Forum Philippines 2010 have generated progress in the industry discussion on nuclear power development in the Philippines. The high-level meeting among regulators, financing professionals, technology providers, project developers and state and private generation companies is generating concrete follow-up actions and movement in the industry. The forum is organized by the Center for Energy Sustainability and Economics and managed by Arc Media Global, and the 2010 Philippine edition held in conjunction with:

the national celebrations of the 38th Atomic Energy Week, and the official three-day visit to the Philippines (from Dec. 8 to Dec. 11) by International Atomic Energy Agency DirectorGeneral HE Yukiya Amano

Discussions centred on the opportunities and challenges involved in enabling peaceful uses of nuclear technology for the Philippines, including presentations on:

  • “Global Development Overview of Successful Nuclear Power Projects Worldwide” by HE Yukiya Amano, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency
  • The Role of Nuclear Power in a Sustainable Energy Future” by Mr Francois Nguyen, Senior Policy Advisor, International Energy Agency
  • Fourteen Lessons from the Successful Nuclear Power Programme of the Republic of Korea” by Prof Il Soon Hwang, Director, Nuclear Transmutation Energy Research Center of Korea (NUTRECK)
  • In a written letter to the attendees, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III also sent his greetings, enjoining the participants,

    May this gathering serve as an opportunity to find ways to improve the welfare of the Filipino people. He continues, With strengthened partnership between the public and private sectors, the mutually beneficial goals of responsible environmental management and economic development are achievable.

    During his visit, the IAEA Director General also met with Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo and Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, and received a briefing from Health Undersecretary Mario Villaverde on the Philippines’ cancer control programme. He visited the Dr. Jose Fabella Reyes Medical Center to inspect its radiotherapy facilities, and discussed the provision of training assistance and equipment for Philippine scientists. “The Department of Health is looking at expanding its cooperation with the IAEA in the area of cancer radiotherapy though regular training for Philippine health professionals in cancer research and treatment,” the DFA said.

    In a separate development last week and in line with commitments to harmonise its nuclear power development programme with ASEAN counterparts, the Philippine Department of Energy also announced that it would jumpstart this year its own technical study on that policy direction, with a budget of P100 million (US$2.3 million) earmarked for the study.

    International delegates to the Nuclear Power Forum Philippines 2010 included senior representatives from Austria, Canada, France, Hong Kong (China), Japan, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States in addition to the Philippine participants which included student leaders sponsored by the Center for Energy to participate.

    The Nuclear Power Forum is the only government-business forum for leaders in Asian nuclear power development, featuring case studies and high-level panel discussions on sustainable development of nuclear technology for peaceful energy use. The meeting, which includes CEOs and directors from major international and local industry players, seeks to address current opportunities and challenges in nuclear power development in the country and in Southeast Asia. Succeeding meetings will be held around the Asia-Pacific region to allow attending executives and government officials to cement partnerships and contracts to move forward effectively, securely and safely.

    The Center for Energy Sustainability and Economics is an industry research centre (IRC) that works to bring top executives together in communities of learning and practice to act as a catalyst for generating high-value energy business insight and channel top expertise to where the world needs it most. Center for Energy meetings are powered by Arc Media Global, an integrated international marketing specialist headquartered in Singapore.

    If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with the organizer or speakers at the forum, please call Rex Ian Sayson at (+65) 6844 2080 or e-mail

    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.

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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.

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