4 May

Kongsberg, NDLO Ink Joint Strike Missile Contract

first_img View post tag: Defence View post tag: Joint Strike Missile View post tag: europe Kongsberg Gruppen ASA has signed a Phase III contract with the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organization (NDLO) to complete the development of the Joint Strike Missile (JSM) and prepare it for integration on the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). View post tag: Ink This contract is valued at NOK 1.1 billion, and comes on the heels of a bridge phase contract signed on 29 November 2013, bringing the total scope of JSM development Phase III to some NOK 1.5 billion.JSM development work has going on since 2008 and will be a continuous activity up until the completion of the product in 2017. Future activities in Phase III will include aircraft tests, production of a number of test missiles and integration on the F-35.JSM is a new missile that will enable the F-35 to fight well-defended targets across long distances. No other weapon existing today, or under development, can perform the same types of missions. The missile can also be integrated into other types of aircraft in addition to the F-35, meaning its market potential extends beyond the future users of the F-35.“This contract is an important milestone not only for the JSM as a product and for KONGSBERG, but also for Norway’s technology industry which, through this development project, will establish a unique, globally leading industrial knowledge base,” remarks Walter Qvam, CEO of KONGSBERG.“In future full-scale production, the JSM programme could translate into more than 450 jobs at KONGSBERG, in addition to generating a significant number of assignments for about 100 Norwegian subcontractors for several decades. The JSM has a substantial international market potential of NOK 25 billion over the next 20-30 years,” adds Harald Ånnestad, President of Kongsberg Defence Systems.[mappress]Press Release, July 02, 2014; Image: Kongsberg View post tag: NDLO View post tag: Kongsberg Back to overview,Home naval-today Kongsberg, NDLO Ink Joint Strike Missile Contract July 2, 2014center_img View post tag: contract Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: Norway Kongsberg, NDLO Ink Joint Strike Missile Contract View post tag: Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

1 Mar

Harvard remembers Howard Raiffa

first_imgHoward Raiffa, the Frank P. Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Managerial Economics, died July 8 at his home in Arizona following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.Raiffa joined the Harvard faculty in 1957. With a diverse group of Harvard stars that included Richard Neustadt, Tom Schelling, Fred Mosteller, and Francis Bator, Raiffa would form the core of what would be the modern Kennedy School (HKS) in 1969, and played a central role in the School for decades as a teacher, scholar, and mentor. Together with colleague Robert Schlaifer, Raiffa wrote the definitive book developing decision analysis, “Applied Statistical Decision Theory,” in 1961. He also wrote a textbook for students like those at HKS, and a simpler, popular book on the subject.“Along with a handful of other brilliant and dedicated people, Howard figured out what a school of public policy and administration should be in the latter decades of the 20th century, and then he and they created that school,” said Raiffa’s longtime friend and colleague Richard Zeckhauser, Frank Plumpton Ramsey Professor of Political Economy.“Despite his great accomplishments as a teacher and scholar, those who knew Howard well treasured him for the generosity of his spirit, his great warmth, and his desire to always be helpful, whether fostering cooperation among nations, choosing where to locate Mexico City’s airport, or designing a curriculum for teaching analytic methods.”This combination of work marks Raiffa as a model for the Kennedy School: His scholarly analysis advanced experts’ understanding of many important questions, and he also knew how important and valuable it was for him to speak to the broader world.  In particular, he recognized that the methods he had pioneered and mastered could be helpful to people with much less sophistication, and he reached out to help them.“Howard was a giant in the history of the Kennedy School and a towering figure in the fields of decision analysis, negotiation analysis, and game theory,” said HKS Dean Douglas Elmendorf. “All of us who are associated with the Kennedy School are greatly in his debt.”To read the full obituary and view a taped interview, visit the Harvard Kennedy School website.last_img read more

26 Aug

Angels hoping that anything can happen in a shortened MLB season

first_imgANAHEIM — It’s a marathon, not a sprint.Baseball lifers like Angels manager Joe Maddon have likely been saying that for decades, because it is one of the enduring truths of the major league season.Until this year.In 2020, with the coronavirus pandemic having shut down Major League Baseball for more than three months, teams are about to begin a 60-game season, virus permitting. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Now what are they saying?It’s a sprint, not a marathon.“I think getting off to a decent or good start is going to be very important just for morale and the ability to stay engaged mentally,” Maddon said. “It’s the kind of typical stuff you talk about, but when you talk about this stuff in a 162-game season, there’s recovery time. You know  you’re going to go through some really bad moments and some really great moments. There’s not a lot of time to recover from the bad moments right now.”It’s going to make for a season that is something of a high-wire act. One slip could knock a team out of the running. That’s obviously dangerous for any team, but may actually work in favor of teams like the Angels.The more games are played, the more chance that the best team will come out on top. But in a shorter season, there is more randomness, and that works out for teams like the Angels, who were projected to play somewhere around .500 baseball and finish just outside of the playoff party. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter FanGraphs upped the Angels’ playoff chances from 18.9 percent to 32.4 percent, which represented the sixth greatest increase for a 60-game season compared with a 162-game season.And that doesn’t even take into account the fact that Shohei Ohtani and Griffin Canning — who would not have been available in March — are starting this season as healthy pitchers.It is, however, a reflection of the fact that shorter seasons give each team a wider range of outcomes.The 2019 Angels were a 91-loss team when the season ended, but during their best 60-game stretch they were 34-26, which is a 92-win pace. They played .567 baseball during that stretch, in contrast to their .316 winning percentage during their worst 60 games, which is a .251-point spread.As you would expect, most teams have large gaps between their best and worst 60-game stretches. The Houston Astros (133 points), Oakland A’s (200), Texas Rangers (184) and Seattle Mariners (167) all had wide spreads in the way they played over particular 60-game stretches.The Washington Nationals, who won the World Series last year, famously started off 19-31 and were just 27-33 after 60 games. In fact, four of the previous six World Series winners had a stretch of 60 games in which they played .500 or worse.All of which means that anything can happen this year, which ought to be the mantra for the Angels and every other team that is considered an underdog in its division.The shorter season, however, also magnifies scheduling quirks.The Angels were scheduled to play the Dodgers — arguably the best team in baseball — in just four of their 162 games on the original schedule. Now, with the schedule reworked to reduce travel, they’ll play the Dodgers six times in 60 games. They went from having 2.4 percent to 10 percent of their games against the Dodgers.Each game essentially has the value of 2.7 games during a normal season, so Maddon is going to have to manage with greater urgency from Day 1.“It’s September baseball starting in late July, August,” Maddon said. “You’re going to make decisions more aggressively. Players will need thicker skin. You’ll get more pushback from starters as you relieve them and hitters that you pinch-hit for.”Maddon said that doesn’t necessarily apply to decisions with the lineup and players’ roles, though.“There’s still gonna be a certain amount of patience with tried and true guys and maybe platoons, maybe more so than those that have not had the same kind of track record,” Maddon said.The Angels will start off with 19 straight games against divisional opponents, which further amplifies the importance of a fast start.“In a regular 162-game season, teams win divisions by two or three games,” Andrew Heaney said. “In a 60 games, it’ll be even bigger. It’s gonna be magnified so I think it’ll be, it’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out.”The sprint of a season means that many people will lessen the value of the championship at the end.Maddon, who led the Chicago Cubs to the World Series title in 2016 and was a part of the staff when the Angels won in 2002, said that would be a mistake.“I think people that denigrate what may occur and the achievement of winning the World Series based on factors that are different, they’re not showing up every day and working under the circumstances that our guys are,” Maddon said. “It’s not that easy. So, yeah, I think when it’s all concluded, all of us will look back and realize how difficult a trek it was, and for the last team standing, what a magnificent job they did to pull it off.”Related Articleslast_img read more