Last week I
spotted this General Dynamics advertisement posted on an online job site.
required to lead a new programme providing a digitised communications system
for a North African Country.
This role involves supervision of platform installation design, platform
conversion and warehousing activities overseeing a team of engineers and
subcontractors developing a modern wired and wireless network with battle
management applications and system management techniques. You will plan, track
and report of project status to the Project Director as well as providing
credible and maintained schedules that support the overall programme plan.
To be considered for this excellent opportunity you should have proven project
management or engineering management experience with the ability to deliver on
time within budget. You should be a man-manager with commercial and
sub-contract management experience from a C4I background, specifically Land
Domain. Experience of working with non-western cultures and the ability to
speak Arabic would be highly advantageous.
Successful applicants will need to obtain NATO Secret security clearance prior
At the time, I
thought, would be nice to work in Africa, then, hang on, why would anyone working in Africa need NATO clearance?.
Today, I saw this
President George W Bush has approved a Pentagon plan
for a command centre for Africa to
oversee US military activities on the continent.
“This new command will
strengthen our security co-operation with Africa,” President Bush said.
Mr Bush said he had asked
Defence Secretary Robert Gates to get the new command, known as Africom, up and
running by the end of September 2008.
Mr Gates revealed
the new plans as he addressed the Senate Armed Services Committee on the
defence spending President Bush proposed in his 2008 budget, submitted to
Congress on Monday.