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January 16, 2004

Promotion at SWM

United Defense Industries (NYSE:UDI) announced today the promotion of Robert Kilpatrick to president and general manager of its Southwest Marine Inc. (SWM) shipyard, a member of the United States Marine Repair (USMR) group of shipyards.

"Bob Kilpatrick's long, successful history with the company, together with his expertise, knowledge and leadership capability, made him the natural choice to replace Monty Dickinson, who retired at the end of December 2003," said Al Krekich, USMR's president. "We have great confidence that Bob will continue SWM's successful business operations and the company's excellent relationship with the community, employees and customers."

Kilpatrick joined SWM in 1981 as an estimator. In 1986, he was promoted to contracts manager. He became the director of contracts for all SWM divisions in 1989. Prior to his promotion, he served as vice president of business engagement.

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