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A Message From Mark E. Russell
Vice President of Engineering, Technology and Mission Assurance
Mark E. Russell (photo)

Raytheon is a leader in providing Mission Support through affordable, integrated and responsive solutions spanning the entire mission life cycle around the globe. We take pride in supplying our customers with systems and solutions to ensure performance on all seven continents.

This is much more than product support and engineering services. It also includes mission planning and training capabilities, and in all of these areas, technology is playing an increasingly more important role.

This Mission Support issue of Technology Today looks at some of the technologies, capabilities and systems Raytheon brings to this market, from the Warfighter FOCUS and the Air Traffic Control Optimum Training Solution programs, to providing satellite coverage to the South Pole and new Smart Display capabilities to F-16 pilots.

In this issue's Leaders Corner column, we hear from Rick Yuse about the two hats he wears as president of Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC and as Raytheon's enterprise leader for the Mission Support core market area. He also discusses the increasing reliance on technology by our Mission Support customers.

In the magazine's Special Interest section, you will read about Raytheon's engineering and technology community. In February, we achieved accreditation from The Open Group for the Raytheon Certified Architect Program — making us the first company in our industry to achieve this recognition. In early March, we presented 94 outstanding Raytheon engineers and technologists with the company's highest technical honor, the Excellence in Engineering and Technology Award. In late March, we hosted the 2009 Raytheon Technology Forum, where more than 400 Raytheon engineers and customers explored the event's theme of "innovating the future" to meet customer needs.

Best Regards,

Mark E. Russell