Previous Article Next Article What do you think of the Department of Trade and Industry? It would beuseful to hear about HR’s experiences of the department whose mission is towork with business, staff and consumers to drive up productivity andcompetitiveness. It is all too easy to take a pop at faceless government departments and theDTI has had its critics – from the small business community, to the Instituteof Directors and the unions. And in the past, the HR profession has also beenvociferous with complaints that it is slow to deliver, and that over-regulationcreates too much bureaucracy and stifles development. In this issue, we question what the DTI is achieving, and take a consideredview of its role in a bid to further the debate. We conclude that the DTI ishaving a bit of an identity crisis, and is far from convincing as a driver ofchange or even as a support mechanism for business. Some may consider this a harsh assessment for a department that’s had asuccession of good leaders and some brilliant civil servants within itspowerbase. But the problem lies in the lack of clarity of its role andfrustration over the way it communicates. As Professor Michael Porter recentlysaid, the future is about a collaborative effort between business and theGovernment, not one side calling the shots. HR is on the DTI’s radar screen at last, and is viewed as a vital partner.There are definite signals that Patricia Hewitt’s department recognises thevalue of people management to growing the economy. Several new initiatives –from Porter’s productivity study, to the Higgs report on non-executivedirectors – suggest her team has grasped that HR is critical to thecompetitiveness challenge. The most resounding endorsement of HR so far is probably the latest DTIannouncement of a taskforce to provide solid performance benchmarks andguidance on how organisations can meaningfully account for their human capitalassets. It is disappointing that only one HR professional – Patti Bellingerfrom BP – has been invited to join this working party, but let’s not bechurlish. The DTI is clearly at a crossroads in its relationship with HR, and we watchits progress with interest. Let us know what you think – send your comments,views, and experiences of the DTI to [email protected] Identity crisis keeps DTI at the crossroadsOn 4 Feb 2003 in Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.
Share this article View post tag: QinetiQ October 18, 2018 Qinetiq picks Saab’s TactiCall for UK Naval Research Facility UK defense technology company Qinetiq has ordered Saab’s integrated communication system, TactiCall, for use at their Shore-based Information Facility (SIF), a testing facility in Portsdown, near Portsmouth in the UK.QinetiQ’s SIF is used to carry out the testing and evaluation of communications equipment for the Royal Navy.TactiCall will help the SIF control the different external communication setups used for testing purposes, regardless of their individual radioband, frequency and hardware, by seamlessly interconnecting them. It can also simulate these naval domain communication setups used on different ship classes.As explained by Saab, the system also allows for switching between different communication setups much more smoothly as part of the SIF’s own testing capability, thereby increasing effectivity when it comes to daily operations.“We first provided TactiCall to the SIF as part of Saab’s support for the Royal Navy’s ‘Information Warrior’ exercise in April 2018. It proved its value then and this decision by QinetiQ to make TactiCall part of the everyday operations demonstrates that users quickly see the benefits it brings”, said Ellen Molin, senior vice president and head of Saab’s Support and Services business.“QinetiQ have chosen TactiCall to enhance the management of our communications facilities at Portsdown Technology Park where initially it is being used for voice communications within a single domain. Already TactiCall has made a significant impact to our communications facilities, so we intend to take a deeper look at the other capabilities provided by the secure TactiGuard solution”, said Mike Loneragan, chief engineer from QinetiQ.This is the first sale of TactiCall in the UK outside the civilian domain or the Royal Fleet Auxilliary. The TactiCall installation at the SIF is a compact system consisting of four operator positions and a management server. View post tag: Saab Equipment & technology Back to overview,Home naval-today Qinetiq picks Saab’s TactiCall for UK Naval Research Facility
View post tag: USS Abraham Lincoln Share this article View post tag: US Navy The US Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) has completed the testing of the ship’s defense capabilities during Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trials (CSSQT). As explained, CSSQT tested Abraham Lincoln’s ability to operate onboard weapons systems, including the close-in weapons system (CIWS), rolling airframe missile (RAM) launchers and the Enhanced NATO Sea Sparrow Missile System (ESSM).“CSQTT is pivotal because it certifies our weapons systems. CSQTT’s purpose is to show our ship’s self-defense system (SSDS) can protect the ship. To do that, we have to live-fire each weapons system at a target and either hit the target or get close to it, depending on the weapons system,” Cmdr. Scott Ryan, Abraham Lincoln’s Combat Direction Center Officer, said.Each missile launched by the ship intercepted subsonic, sea-skimming drones flown to the Atlantic Ocean from Naval Air Station Oceana Dam Neck Annex, Virginia.In addition to the CIWS, Abraham Lincoln fired one RIM-162D Sea Sparrow missile and one RIM-116 test RAM.The Enhanced NATO Sea Sparrow missile is a semi-active missile requiring a feed from directors to locate a target. The RAM is a passive missile that uses built-in sensors to track down its target. The ship’s ENSSMS holds eight missiles per launcher, and the RAM launchers each hold 21 missiles.Ensign Ezekiel Ramirez, Abraham Lincoln’s fire control officer said his team spent three months of hard work and preparation to be ready for the week-long CSSQT evolution and, ultimately, arm the ship with the capability to defend herself.According to the US Navy, testing Abraham Lincoln’s SSDS is critical to taking the ship another step closer to launch as a deployment-ready warship.CSQTT demonstrates how Abraham Lincoln is fine-tuning her weapons systems and training personnel to enhance the mission-readiness of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12.The components of CSG-12 embody a “team-of-teams” concept, combining advanced surface, air and systems assets to create and sustain operational capability.The Abraham Lincoln CSG is comprised of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, Destroyer Squadron (CDS) 2, associated guided-missile destroyers, flagship Abraham Lincoln, and the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55). Photo: The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) fires a RIM-116 test rolling airframe missile during Combat System Ship Qualification Trials. Photo: US Navy View post tag: CSSQT