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Harrington Speaks at NATO Conference of National Armaments Directors

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Oct 14, 2011

On Oct. 14, TRS CEO Jack Harrington spoke at the NATO Transatlantic Defence Industrial Cooperation Conference organized in conjunction with the Conference of National Armaments Directors.

He was a key note speaker on the panel that discussed the imperative for increased transatlantic defence technological and industrial cooperation in the current atmosphere of financial crisis and shrinking defence budgets. During Harrington’s presentation at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Harrington spoke about the challenges of running a large transatlantic joint venture and highlighted key factors that had been vital for its success. over the past 10 years.

Harrington attributed TRS’ success to three critical factors:

  • The commitment and support of our parent companies – Thales and Raytheon have invested, and continue to invest, significant capital and personal resources to build trust and understanding between the two companies and two national cultures
  • A unifying mission – TRS was formed after winning the NATO Air Command and Control System (ACCS), a very large and complex system that was a top priority for the NATO Alliance. It is this large and important contract that has given the teams on both sides of the Atlantic the focus and will to cooperate
  • A cultural fit – Thales and Raytheon are both strong engineering companies. This has meant that TRS has been able to leverage both technical capability and the common engineering culture across both organizations, share best practices and improve together for customers

“TRS is a role model for transatlantic cooperation and we are in a unique position through our experience to help industry, NATO and the nations shape future transatlantic cooperation,” said Harrington. “I believe that as borders continue to become more transparent, economies continue to become intertwined and demand new processes, NATO, through the experience of this JV, can become the role model and ultimate best practice by which future alliances and multinational partnership will be measured.”