Thursday, November 13, 2008

Boeing Selected to Compete for UK Defense Logistics Information Services Sustainment and Transformation

Boeing Selected to Compete for UK Defense Logistics Information Services Sustainment and Transformation

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 13, 2008 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] subsidiary Boeing Defence UK Ltd. has been invited by the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence (MOD) to compete for the 10-year Future Logistics Information Services (FLIS) delivery partner contract. As many as six industry teams, including Boeing, will compete toward a further downselect to three competitors next summer and a final contract award in spring 2010.

FLIS is an opportunity for Boeing to partner with MOD's Defence Equipment & Support organization to sustain, develop, and integrate information systems solutions. The MOD uses more than 200 software applications to manage logistics data and is seeking an industry partner to play a key role in transforming Defence Logistics Information Services.

"Boeing is committed to providing a FLIS solution that will transform the MOD's logistical supply chain into a more effective and efficient, agile system for their warfighters," said Mike Kurth, Boeing Defence UK managing director. "We'll lean heavily on our experience as a large, mature systems integrator and our ability to draw upon the best of Boeing globally to deliver a very strong, competitive proposal. We intend to staff our team with predominately locally hired onshore people. We think globally and act locally."

The Boeing FLIS team combines the talents of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems' Advanced Global Services & Support (AGSS) and International Support Systems divisions; Boeing's Engineering, Operations & Technology organization; and Boeing Defence UK.

"The vision for Defence Logistics is the transformation of the current complex web of processes and systems into a streamlined, optimized, agile and effective end-to-end logistics support chain, fully integrated with the front line and industry," said Tim Noonan, AGSS director for Boeing. "We have the core competencies -- both functionally and programmatically -- to support that activity."

Bidding for FLIS also helps Boeing strengthen its position in an important, emerging market -- Logistics Command and Control (LogC2). Through a common operating picture, LogC2 helps military forces identify where and when they need provisions and spare equipment.

A wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company and a business unit of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, Boeing Defence UK Ltd. currently has employees at 20 locations throughout the UK supporting Ministry of Defence and U.S. military programs.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world's largest space and defense businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $32.1 billion business with 71,000 employees worldwide.

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