June 08, 2009 13:41 ET

NCOIC™ Elects Thales, Boeing Reps to Lead Technical Council

Anticipates Transatlantic Collaboration Will Spur Technology Exchange

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - June 8, 2009) - The Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC™) today announced that Nicolas Berthet, Thales, is chairman of its Technical Council and Ken Cureton, The Boeing Company, is its vice-chair. NCOIC's Technical Council comprises industry leaders who identify, evaluate and promote promising technologies, tools and practices that can enable network centric operations and advance interoperability solutions for worldwide customers.

Nicolas Berthet is project manager of Thales Battlespace Transformation Center, Thales Group's centre of excellence for complex system engineering, technical architectures and advanced studies. His work focuses on collaborative research and technology projects in the field of security.

"NCOIC's delicate alchemy fosters true collaboration among global companies that are often fierce business competitors," says Berthet. "Their efforts to resolve customers' interoperability issues recently resulted in the publication of NCOIC's Interoperability Framework, a set of guiding principles for developers of network-centric systems, products and services."

Supporting Berthet is Ken Cureton, a senior engineering manager for Information and Knowledge Systems, a business area of The Boeing Company's Integrated Defense Systems. He is responsible for guiding Boeing systems in becoming net-enabled and interoperable.

Berthet assumes the chairmanship from John Osterholz, vice president of Integrated Cyber Warfare and Cybersecurity for BAE Systems Electronics and Integrated Solutions Group, as Osterholz becomes NCOIC's Technical Council chairman emeritus.


The Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC™) is a not-for-profit international association dedicated to the rapid global deployment of network-centric applications. Established in 2004, NCOIC consists of representatives from defense companies, large-scale systems integrators, information technology providers, government agencies and academics working in concert with advisory bodies consisting of government officials, standards groups and other stakeholders. For more information, visit For executive bios go to