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NDIA's CDM certification takes root in U.K. (NDIA News).

During the past few years, the National Defense Industrial Association has introduced to the United Kingdom the configuration and data management certification process. Among the first in the country to become certified was Dave McKee, of BAE Systems Ltd. He is now a member of the board of NDIA's Technical Information Division.

"The benefits of CDM certification are very clear to me," he said. "It provides individuals with a better understanding of configuration and data management so that they are on equal terms with other people in the field, wherever they are located, in Europe or the U.S." Also, he said, it provides the CDM candidate with contacts who can act as "sounding boards" and information sources for any CDM-related problem.

More and more clients are requiring contractor personnel to achieve a recognized level of CM competency, McKee said. "Within BAE, we are utilizing the NDIA certification to comply with this requirement," he said. "NDIA is rapidly becoming a highly recognized source of certification.

McKee--who has about 20 years experience in configuration management--learned about the NDIA certification program while attending a CDM training course in London. Later, he set up an NDIA certification program within BAE.

After 15 BAE candidates passed the exam, "I decided that it was about time that I got the certification under my belt, so to speak. I had seen the value of the certification within the company.

The two-day preparatory course "was excellent," McKee said. But the eight-hour examination "was a little unnerving," he added. "After eight hours, I was a little surprised that anyone could read my writing at all."

Still, McKee said, BAE officials now see the benefit of the certification process. "They are buying into it in a big way," he said.

BAE Systems held a CDM seminar at the DeVere hotel in Blackpool, McKee said. According to him, 95 people attended, representing all of the business units within BAE Systems.

McKee said that he hopes the Ministry of Defence soon will realize the benefit of certification for all of its contractors. "I also have been invited to attend a NATO conference in Brussels to present the company's CM education strategy and NDIA certification," he said. "With this small start, NDIA certification will head into Europe."

Richard C. Thomas, chairman of NDIA's Technical Information Division certification program

RELATED ARTICLE: 2002 Certification Activity

During 2002, many individuals earned their professional status as Certified Configuration and Data Managers, or Certified Configuration and Data Specialist Special congratulations and recognition are offered to those who achieved the highest examination scores for each certification level. They are: Jennifer L Treger, of Northrop Grumman Corp., for the configuration and data manager level, and Chris Beck Patrick, of Lockheed Martin Corp., for the configuration and data specialist level.

The following-listed by certification level and company or agency affiliation-also were certified in 2002.
Certified Configuration and Data Manager

Thomas E. Britten AT&T Gov't. Solutions
Winifred H. Chrzanowski General Dynamics Land Systems
Stanley G. Cox Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control
Rita L Crawford Lockheed Martin Space Systems
James E. Curran Veridian MRJ
Karla Donatelli American Red Cross
Brenda Lee England Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control
Stephen T. Francis Northrop Grumman Corp.
Kristine Franck U.S. Navy NavAir-NAWCWD
Page Gardner Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control
Paul A. Gregorio Department of Energy-RFPO
Alice D. Herman Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space
Richard M. Jefferies WorldCom Inc.
Grace A. M. Keinath United Defense LP
Janna E. Larsen Boeing Company
Donald F. Lepek, Jr. Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control
Andrew Raymond Leslie BAE Systems Ltd.
Joe Ludford Consultant
Thomasina E Malory Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space
Judy M. Mouton Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control
John M. Munro BAE Systems Ltd.
Scott W. North Northrop Grumman Corp.
Carol Y. Orlando General Dynamics Corp.
Suzanne Ourand Cisco Systems
Charlene Patton Amcomp Corp.
Shelly Mark Radnor Northrop Grumman - TASC
Gaston A. Ray United Defense LP
Mignonette Rufus BAE Systems Ltd.
Jill Samuelson Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control
Joseph M. Short AT&T Gov't Solutions
Jennifer L Treger Northrop Grumman Corp.
Teresa Vaughn Northrop Grumman Corp.
Lyrrda B. Wade Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control
Karen Watt BAE Systems Ltd.
Elizabeth C. Wilkerson Northrop Grumman Corp.
Virginia C. Wilkerson Lockheed Martin Space Systems

Certified Configuration and Data Specialist


A. Delores Bailey Consultant
Cellia May Barbuscia Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Alan Robert Barnes BAE Systems Ltd.
Nick Bunting BAE Systems Ltd.
Malcolm John Calverley BAE Systems Ltd.
Fredrik G. Camemark Northrop Grumman Corp.
Samuel R. Gachupin Science Applications International Corp.
Ivy M. Gentles Consultant
Martha J. L George TRW Inc.
George E. Gilmer Consultant
Sherry Harper Boeing Company
Louise E. Harris Defense Finance & Acctg. Center
Christine A. Hoyland U.S. Navy NavSea, Dam Neck
Thomas Leighton Kelly BAE Systems Ltd.
Sandra R. Libert Northrop Grumman Corp.
Glenford J. Madamba Northrop Grumman Corp.
Alexandra Marbukh GTN - LMCO Mission Systems
Judith Milloshewski U.S. Air Force, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
Chris Beck Patrick Lockheed Martin Corp.
Dorothy Monthei Perez Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control
William G. Psimas Northrop Grumman Corp.
Mark Francis Pugh BAE Systems Ltd.
Desiree Adina Ray Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space
Anthony Richard Roberts BAE Systems Ltd.
Mark A. Svenson Northrop Grumman Corp.
Douglas R. Thompson WR Systems
George W. Wolfe Tek Systems-LMCO
Debra E. Zusman Getronics Gov't. Solutions
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