DEFENSE DEPT. BUYING UNIT SEEKS PR
The powerful Department of Defense division that handles purchasing of weapons and technology is on the hunt for a communications firm as the Pentagon prepares for a massive spending overhaul.
An agency search open through early February calls for a firm to provide communications and outreach support for the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, including PR, media relations, web work, strategic comms. planning and other outreach.
The Defense unit, known as AT&L, runs all weapons system buying for the U.S. and often has to account for any troubled programs like the F-35 fighter jet, the most expensive Pentagon program in history which has suffered setbacks.
The Pentagon has been pegged for as much as $900 billion in cuts over the next decade as President Obama said Jan. 6 that the military will be "leaner" while investing in technology to make armed forces "agile, flexible and ready for the full range of contingencies and threats."
Proposals are due Feb. 2. View the solicitation at http://odwpr.us/ybPn8x.
YOUNG TO FUEL ENTERGY NUCLEAR COMMS.
Southern energy giant Entergy Corp. has re-hired Arizona Public Service’s Terry Young to head nuclear communications as a VP.
Young, who directed generation communications for APS, including the largest nuclear power facility in the U.S. at Palo Verde, Ariz., is slated to join Entergy in New Orleans on Feb. 6. He started out earlier in his career as a spokesman for Entergy's Arkansas Nuclear One plant in 1984 and will now report to group VP of corporate comms. Toni Beck.
Beck said Young will help ensure the public’s understanding of nuclear energy’s and the company's role in providing a “stable source of safe, cost effective and reliable energy.” He’ll also handle internal communications for Entergy’s 7,000 nuclear workers across seven states.
Young will oversee Entergy's nuclear communications staff at each facility, as well as its Mississippi nuke headquarters and White Plains, N.Y., regional operation, close to its Indian Point nuclear facility that has drawn calls to be shut down.
Previous postings included the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and World Association of Nuclear Operations
Entergy is the No. 2 nuke power generator in the
U.S. behind Duke Energy.