John E. Jones has been named deputy director of the National Weather Service and deputy assistant administrator of weather services for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Jones has served as interim deputy since April. Before that he was deputy director of the NWS' Eastern region headquarters in Bohemia, N.Y.


Retired Air Force Col. William Keith, vice president of Unisource Systems Inc.'s Federal Systems Division, has been appointed to the security task force of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. As a member of the task force, Keith will help identify and create solutions to information and security issues within the government.


Milton Cooper, president of Computer Sciences Corp.'s federal sector, was named chairman of the board of AFCEA International. He succeeds Ralph Schrader, president of Worldwide Technology Business for Booz-Allen & Hamilton Inc.


Robin Beard has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Raytheon Co.'s corporate operations in Washington, D.C. Beard, a former five-term congressman from Tennessee and the former assistant secretary general of NATO, also will continue as president of Raytheon International Inc., Brussels, Belgium. ***

Alvin Alm, former senior vice president for the environmental business area at Science Applications International Corp., was appointed executive vice president and head of the energy and environment practice at the Columbus Group. Alm also has served as assistant secretary for environmental management at the Energy Department. The Columbus Group also named Robert Efrus as senior vice president and head of its federal marketing practice. Before the appointment, Efrus was a vice president at the Jefferson Group, where he managed the firm's information technology sector.


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