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Raytheon Technical Services Company
Doug Dusseau is a chief technologist at
Raytheon Technical Services Company,
responsible for developing multiple
product-line architectures. He is chief
architect for the Mission Support
Reference Architecture, as well as an
instructor in the Raytheon Systems
Engineering Technical Development
Program in which he teaches a module on Mission Support.
Throughout his 25 years at Raytheon, Dusseau has played a significant
role in the design and architecting of products and systems.
Through the Raytheon Certified Architect Program, he has been
able to further refine his skills and apply them to the development
of large-scale enterprise architectures focused on various Mission
The architectures he supports help define the tasks, operational
activities, information exchanges, and systems necessary for our
customers to accomplish their missions, Dusseau said. "Utilizing
the Raytheon Mission Support Reference Architecture as a
common framework reduces time, cost and risk when developing
mission support solutions," Dusseau noted.
Dusseau enjoys the variety in his work, becoming involved in many
projects and supporting multiple domains. "I really have my dream
job, since I get to be involved with a lot of different things. Each
day, I have to be able to quickly switch gears and perform tasks
associated with the many challenges of Mission Support. There's
never a dull moment."
According to Dusseau, Mission Support means providing products,
systems and capabilities to the customer where and when needed.
"Knowing the sacrifices that our end users typically make daily to
accomplish their missions make me want to ensure that every
product I support will be operationally available when it's needed
and that it will perform as designed," he said.
Dusseau believes that Raytheon's Mission Support goals are
critically important to the future of the company. "There has already
been a decided shift by our Department of Defense customer
to transition from the procurement of new systems to funding the
enhancement and sustainment of existing systems," he explained.
"This has created numerous opportunities for us to prolong the
fielded systems life of our products through the successful
implementation of Mission Support principles."
Principal Systems Engineer, Chief Technologist for Weather,
Water and Climate
Raytheon Technical Services Company
Principal Systems Engineer Michael
Townsend is chief technologist supporting the
Customized Engineering and Depot Support
(CEDS) Weather, Water, Climate (WWC)
business area. A 24-year Raytheon veteran,
Townsend is responsible for supporting a
number of different WWC programs, and his primary focus is helping
to grow the business, assisting Business Development and the
Program Office with new pursuits. Townsend works closely with the
other CEDS chief technologists, keeping abreast of key capabilities
throughout Raytheon to support our customers.
Early in his career, Townsend had the opportunity work side by side
with end users, an experience he credits with helping him build a
foundation for his entire career. One of his first assignments was to
complete the design for one subsystem of an airborne electronic
warfare system, taking the system through test, pilot production,
initial deployment, and completion of the production run. During
that time, he worked with operators and maintainers, seeing firsthand
how they used the system, what they liked and disliked, what
worked, and what didn't. "Their opinions about system quality and
capability were formed based on real-world performance," he said.
"I have always tried to understand that user and maintainer
perspective, and solicit their input whenever possible to improve
the systems I'm involved with."
That experience also formed the core of his Mission Support philosophy.
"If possible, you need to talk to the system users — operators,
maintainers, everyone you can." According to Townsend, each of
these users has different needs, and understanding those needs will
help develop a better understanding of how architecture and design
trade-offs will affect long-term system performance. "That performance, including reliability and maintainability, will
continue future perceptions of Raytheon products, and Raytheon as
With customers continuing to look for ways to do the same, or even
more, with less, Townsend believes that those providers who
demonstrate the ability to design for the total system life cycle will
have an advantage. "Raytheon's ability to effectively provide not just
systems, but life-cycle solutions, is critical to our corporate strategy
and competitive advantage," he said. "The more effectively we
consider the entire life cycle, the better we will perform in our
role as a Mission Systems Integrator."