NCMA & BAE Systems Sign Memorandum of Understanding

April 14, 2008

Contact: Danielle Johnson
571-382-1133
djohnson@ncmahq.org

NCMA and BAE Systems Sign Memorandum of Understanding at World Congress 2008  

ASHBURN, Va. and CINCINNATI – April 14, 2008 – The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) today announced that it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with BAE Systems on April 13 at NCMA’s World Congress 2008, in Cincinnati, Ohio.  

Through this cooperative agreement, BAE Systems employees will have enhanced opportunities to participate in continuing professional education, certification, and research programs in contract management and related acquisition topics available through NCMA. 

Neal Couture, NCMA Executive Director, said “NCMA is flattered with the opportunity to partner with BAE Systems.  We are excited to offer new benefits to members of the BAE Systems contracting workforce. One of the new ideas which we are exploring with BAE is to create their own virtual Community of Practice (CoP) for NCMA members specific to their company.” 

BAE Systems and NCMA, are both respected for their reputation in the contract management arena and are pleased to pave the way for this new approach to professional development in the field.  This partnership demonstrates the commitment that both groups continue to make while giving back to the employees who have chosen to become contract management professionals. 

Charles Chadwick, BAE Systems Vice President of Contracts and Business Conduct commented, “We are proud to formally recognize our partnership with NCMA.  We are excited by what we have accomplished with NCMA to date, and look forward to additional opportunities for success in the future.”   

About NCMA Founded in 1959, NCMA is the world’s leading association in the field of contract management. The organization is dedicated to the professional growth and educational advancement of procurement and acquisition personnel worldwide. NCMA strives to serve and inform the profession and industry it represents and to offer opportunities for the open exchange of ideas in neutral forums. For more information, visit www.ncmahq.org. 

About BAE SystemsBAE Systems is the premier global defense and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and customer support services. With 97,500 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded $31.4 billion in 2007. For more information, visit www.baesystems.com 

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