Strategic Operations President Stu Segall estimated that his privately held company — in its 12th year of facilitating combat training for the military for a fee — has staged training for 750,000 members of all services at his site and sites throughout the country.
Today, one quarter to one third of Strategic Operation’s business takes place at its set in Kearny Mesa, where the surroundings resemble a village in Iraq or Afghanistan. Lavell declined to give his company’s revenue, but said the bulk of it is in military training.
In June, the business got a deal to train British soldiers at a military base in Alberta, Canada. The company also builds an air combat training system, packing electronics into cigar-shaped pods that can be mounted on the wingtips or fighter jets’ missile launchers. Among its various military projects, University City-based Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. Kratos received a $7.1 million deal from the Army to provide multiple UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter avionics simulators last year. Kratos also provides trainers for the venerable Boeing CH-47F Chinook helicopter, the Boeing AH-64A Apache helicopter, the BAE Systems Bradley armored fighting vehicle, and two rocket systems, the M270 and M147.
The company builds simulators in Orlando, while a group in San Diego develops classroom courses. Aircraft have always been at the heart of Poway-based PKL Services Inc., which is now carving a new niche training foreign air forces to maintain and fly Boeing’s F-15 fighter. Privately-held PKL got the $95 million, two-year deal with the Saudi government via the U.S. At Mountain Home Air Force Base south of Boise, PKL trains members of Singapore’s air force on aircraft maintenance and operation under a five-year deal. PKL got into foreign military sales as “a defensive hedge” against the current uncertainty and constraints of the U.S. The military training community is preparing for one of its biggest annual gatherings soon.
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Martin is a firm believer in CPD and lifelong learning and is currently completing a diploma in Economics with the Open University. Michael Marra is Deputy Director of Design in Action (DiA) – Scotland's Knowledge Exchange Hub for the Creative Economy. Michael was formerly a senior political adviser in the Scottish Parliament and Head of Policy and Public Affairs for Oxfam Scotland. Alessa Witt is an independent, early-career researcher who holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. Simon was set to become a product designer, but he quit Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London, to become a tech entrepreneur instead.
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He is founding co-editor of "Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance" (Routledge). Very often it's the creative thinking that takes place across organisations and between sectors that leads to the best results. Sue Palmer, a former primary headteacher in Scotland, has been an independent educational consultant for over 25 years.
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Andy Phippen is a professor of social responsibility in information technology at the Plymouth Business School, University of Plymouth.
Alison Preston is head of media literacy research at Ofcom, the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries. She joined Ofcom in 2003, and previously worked as a research consultant in digital media policy and independent TV production business models. Brian has spent the vast majority of his working life working with challenging and excluded children in Scotland. He moved to the voluntary sector with where he spent over 3 years and was instrumental in the design and development of an alternative to secure care residential and fostering service.
Brian took up the post of Director of respectme the Scottish Government funded anti-bullying service in January 2007.
Brian is also the Chair of Young Scot in Mind Management Group - a voluntary sector forum promoting children and young people’s mental health.
Derek Howie is the Social Media Manager at leading digital marketing agency, fatBuzz, where he works directly with a wide range of high-profile clients across the UK on content creation, social media engagement and social media marketing. He also provides regular PR, copywriting and editing services to a number of businesses across various industry sectors. Derek graduated from The University of the West of Scotland in 2012 with a 1st class honours degree in journalism, and his work has appeared in publications including The Scottish Sun, STV and tilllate magazine. He is extremely passionate about social media and has written widely about its benefits and implications for children, as well as researching it as part of his dissertation study into journalists' use of social media as a news gathering tool when reporting on teenage deaths.
Derek has also been rewarded for his academic endeavours with many personal accolades, including the 2011 and 2012 UWS Court Medal for Journalism and the 2009 and 2010 Glasgow Metropolitan College HND Journalism prize. Kirsten is Information Services Manager at Young Scot, the national youth information charity for Scotland. Anne initially trained as a nurse and worked in oncology for 10 years where she supported patients and their families through the trauma of the diagnoses, treatment and the terminal care.
Following his election as an MSP, he became SNP Business Convenor Chairman of the Party), responsible for chairing Conference, the National Executive and the management and administration of the party. Elected to Renfrewshire Council in 1999 at the age of 21 he was the youngest male Councillor in Scotland at the time. Elma Murray is currently the Chair of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) in Scotland.
Elma has a strong interest in change and how to work effectively across public sector boundaries.In her spare time Elma enjoys skiing, walking and travelling.
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He advises a wide range of public sector clients and those engaging with the public sector on all aspects of procurement law (both contentious and non-contentious), corporate structuring and collaborations, contracting and grant matters, public administrative law, governance and state aid. Robin's background also includes significant experience in advising clients on European law, competition law and regulatory law.
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Richard has extensive public sector management experience initially working with both Sheffield City Council and Harrogate Borough Council where he had the opportunity to be involved in the development and delivery of international events such as the World Student Games, whilst also experiencing the changing landscape of local government Leisure and Sport Services within a Compulsive Competitive Tendering environment. In 2000, he moved to Scotland and joined Dumfries and Galloway Council where he now has a wider portfolio responsibility for a range of Community Services.
Richard is committed to continuing professional development and has recently completed a post graduate qualification in Organisational Development and Leadership. On a personal level, Richard is married and has two children, his daughter is undertaking a degree in Dance at the Performing Arts Studio Scotland and his son attends Northwood School, Lake Placid, USA on a Sports Scholarship programme. As Chief Executive and head of paid service in the council he is responsible for carrying out the agreed policies of the council and the overall management of council services. MSU’s Department of Marketing is among the top 15 in the world for research impact and has three of the world’s top 50 researchers, according to a new study by the University of Minnesota. A unique collaboration of the Broad College of Business and the College of Engineering offers students a chance to create a new product and make a prototype. The Marketing Department creates knowledge by doing empirical research at the “state of the science” and translating it to the practitioner’s “state of the art”. This integration of probing and learning through marketing research, team building in marketing management and directing from a strategic point of view makes us unique in the academic marketing world.
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San Diego is a hotbed for military training and — by extension — a hotbed for businesses that play direct and supporting roles in preparing military members for their jobs.
The local office of the Drug Enforcement Agency asked to use his sets for training, and it turned out that some of DEA training officers were Marine Corps Reserve officers. Recently, Lavell said, he has gotten some wounded corpsmen to help the next generation by taking jobs as actors.
Its construction crews recently built a Navy destroyer interior at one of its Kearny Mesa sound stages to train sailors for scenarios like the bombing of the USS Cole. It builds laser adapters that attach to weapons such as rifles or small arms — making them tools for realistic war games. The pods contain electronic gear — GPS receivers, inertial measurement units, data link radios, flight data recorders and computer chips — that track a pilot’s performance during training. In July, Kratos received a related Army deal calling for it to build multiple systems to train flight-medic students to operate systems aboard the air ambulance version of the Black Hawk.
Such work takes the company to Idaho, where PKL trains pilots and technicians from Singapore, and halfway around the world to Saudi Arabia.
In a career spanning 30 years Martin has operated nationally and internationally with organisations covering logistics, technology and finance. Martin is a supporter of Social and Community Business and chairs Firstport Ltd, a start-up funding organisation for social enterprises. He is particuarlly interested in questions about entrepreneurial ecosystems and the role in which localized social and economic structures affect the entreprenership process and firm strategy. He is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and the London School of Economics and Political Science with academic specialisms in economic theory, development practice and global political economy.
She has lived and has gained extensive academic and business experience in both Germany and Great Britain. During the next few years, while studying for a part-time MBA, Simon co-founded several more companies, one of which led him to Edinburgh and then San Francisco.
He is an ex marketing manager for the Post Office and a small business owner who has seen his own business harness social media to reach more than four million customers a week. That took Graeme to a new role as CFO for VC funded fintech business called KAL and then to GM of a larger software business, Graham Technology plc.
He has held a range of posts, covering a wide variety of issues, including youth justice in England & Wales to council elections in Scotland, via a two-year secondment in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
He was previously Director of the Management School at Queen's University Belfast (2006-2012), where he was academic lead on the development of new Management and Postgraduate and Executive Education Centre facilities and initial Director of the Leadership Institute at Queen's (2012-13), the University's executive education delivery channel.
During that time she has written over two hundred books, software packages and TV programmes about primary literacy, and worked as a consultant for the Department for Education, the National Literacy Trust, the Basic Skills Agency, many educational publishers and the BBC. Her first book on this subject, Toxic Childhood, was published in 2006, since when she has been involved in many national campaigns around education, outdoor play, screen-based entertainment and the commercialisation of childhood.
She qualified as a social worker in 1987 and has worked as a frontline practitioner and manager and has also held a number of senior management and leadership positions with a focus on multi-agency partnership working. We connect research with practice, exchange knowledge and ideas and coordinate activities across Child Protection Committees and are also developing links between child protection and adult protection in Scotland. He has worked with the IT sector for over 15 years in a consultative capacity on issues of ethical and social responsibility, with companies such as British Telecom, Google and Facebook. Its media use and attitudes reports show trends since 2005 in the areas of take-up and use of different media, with a particular focus on internet habits and attitudes.
She has a doctorate from the University of Stirling which examined the development of the UK’s TV news industry, and has carried out a number of multi-country analyses of TV news coverage of conflicts. Naively I thought that with a small bit of advertising the site would take off but this is harder work than I ever imagined!
He won three successive ward elections, to become Leader of Renfrewshire Council in May 2007, taking the SNP from opposition to lead the administration for the first time. Prior to being appointed Chief Executive of North Ayrshire Council in September 2009, Elma held a number of senior positions at Strathclyde Police, North Ayrshire Council and Glasgow City Council.Her professional background is in Information Technology but after 30 years in local government she has a wide-ranging knowledge of local government services. She previously held the posts of Chief Executive of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission and Assistant Ombudsman at the Local Government Ombudsman, and so is familiar with operating within a regulatory environment.
She has a keen interest in developing a framework of continuous improvement of public authority FOI practice during her term of office. Since then he has held various positions, including Convenor of the Airdrie Local Area Partnership and Vice Chair of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport.
He has also been fortunate to have had the opportunity to lead on a number of significant Leisure and Sport capital development projects.
More recently he has been responsible for developing a new Dumfries and Galloway joint Health and Wellbeing Unit in partnership with the NHS and he is also the Council’s lead Officer in relation to the Community Safety agenda.

He is the principal policy and management adviser to the council, chairs the Corporate Management team and is the first point of contact with the Scottish Government, regulatory bodies and partner public bodies, such as NHS Forth Valley, Police Scotland, University of Stirling, Forth Valley College and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
The journal ranked the full professors within the Eli Broad College of Business Department of Marketing #7 worldwide, and department faculty as a whole #18 worldwide. Our core competence is in the exercise of marketing and revenue producing activities in the strategic sphere of operations.
Existing marketing theory does not utilize the stakeholder management process when undertaking strategic marketing planing, although most marketing theory implicitly identifies the need to develop strategies that address the needs of multiple groups or stakeholders. While the action is simulated, with actors portraying the wounded and the makeup artists creating battlefield wounds, the stress is not. Military training contracts are worth hundreds of millions of dollars yearly to San Diego firms. They produce training materials reminiscent of video games, or provide instructors with specialized knowledge. The enterprise put together a mock Middle Eastern village in the undeveloped, eastern part of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in 2004. The demand for such simulators may increase since animal rights advocates have objected to the military using live farm animals for medical lessons. Soldiers wear laser receivers during the games, and vehicles also sport receivers, giving the war game’s organizers information on hits and misses.
The business has put together more than 100 replicas and simulators of aircraft and ground vehicles. Army work in a partial shell of a Black Hawk fuselage, trying to isolate faults in the avionics, and perform other maintenance.
Kratos did not disclose financial terms of the contract, other than to say it was a multimillion deal.
Under it, PKL trains junior and mid-level Saudi maintenance technicians at two widely spaced military bases on the Arabian Peninsula.
Air Force pilots who train Singaporean pilots to fly the aircraft and serve as weapon system officers. As CEO of Dixon's B2B operation Martin built up the largest Apple reseller business in the UK as well as developing a £100m public sector business. He takes an evolutionary and institutional perspective towards the geography of entreprenerurship by studying how different entrepreneurial enviornments develop and evolove within places and how this influences firm startup strategy. Through designed collaborative innovation DiA has developed a pipeline of funded SMEs creating value and employment in the Scottish economy.
John is also motoring correspondent for the Daily Record, an expert on low carbon vehicles and is a broadcaster and business advisor. Prior to that he held the Dixons Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at University of Edinburgh, and has held senior academic positions at Aberdeen, Ulster and Queen's.
At the heart of WithScotland is the principle of improving outcomes for children in need of care and protection and adults at risk of harm by working in partnership and facilitating access to expertise across Scotland. He has presented written and oral evidence to parliamentary enquiries related to the public use of ICT and is widely published in the area. This presents a new take on how we define bullying and where responses must focus to be effective. Two years later she became a sessional supervisor and following this her hours have been increased to cover a maternity leave. Her extensive public sector experience (which has ranged from policy and business development to complaints handling) includes managing authority compliance with freedom of information laws. She considers that the statutory obligation of FOI can also be an enabler for authorities in terms of both effectiveness and transparency: FOI is the key to many rights and freedoms in our society and also a significant driver to good public authority practice. We build the knowledge competence base of strategy by also running several versions of our MS in Marketing Research program in close partnership with 50 major firms that lead the marketing research industry.
By understanding and applying stakeholder theory, marketers should be able to develop more effective marketing strategies. At one point in the staged battle scene, two trainees carry a wounded man on a stretcher to a makeshift field hospital – until the afflicted man rolls and tumbles to the ground.
And they take a cue from Hollywood, contributing actors, makeup and realistic sets for war games. Cubic received a $75.8 million deal in May to continue its long-running training business at Fort Polk. Under the deals, Cubic will provide gamelike simulation to train sailors for work aboard the Navy’s new littoral combat ships. PKL was able to leverage its maintenance experience, strong reputation and cost-effective approach to go after — and win — training jobs, he said. Martin was part of the team that brought the 5 radio authorities together to create Ofcom and worked with the London Borough of Hackney on developing its infrastructure for the 2012 Olympics. He is also currently carrying out research on entrepreneurship in resource economies such as Aberdeen and Newfoundland. Although these successful businesses are primarily found as part of the German Mittelstand, Alessa was one of the first to formally identify equivalents in Britain. In recent years he has specialised in the use of ICTs by children and young people, carrying out a large amount of grass roots research on issues such as their attitudes toward privacy and data protection, file sharing and internet safety.
He has also conducted research into young people’s experiences of cyberbullying and their online behavior.
Kibooku was the subject of a very successful debate in the Scottish Parliament and we were credited for our site and what we are trying to do. He was also previously chair of the Paisley Vision Board and Renfrewshire's Fairtrade Steering Group. She has first-hand experience of leading the development of an open culture in a Scottish public authority essential, in her view, to achieving FOI compliance. While there is extensive management literature examining stakeholder theory, there is little marketing literature in this area, and this article attempts to partially fill this gap. Marine Corps general, it converted a 33,000-square-foot building at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton into an infantry simulator.
The company describes the training as 3-D immersive instruction led by an avatar instructor. Martin is also a keen lecturer and academic and has written a number of papers covering areas as diverse as CSR and Emotional Intelligence in management development. He is a research partner with the UK Safer Internet Centre and is a frequent media commentator on children and the Internet. We continue to raise awareness of safe social networking and will keep trying to do so until the site is a major success and our kids are in a safe environment on the internet”.
In 2011 she was seconded to Essential Edinburgh as interim Chief Executive.Awards Outstanding Scottish Businesswoman of the Year 1999. Environmental and Organizational Determinants of Public Affairs Activities in American Firms.’.

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