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Lynn Dugle (photo)
Lynn Dugle
President
Intelligence and Information Systems
Lynn Dugle is a Raytheon Company vice president and president of Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems (IIS). She assumed leadership of IIS in January 2009, having previously served as vice president and deputy general manager of that business. Prior to that, she was vice president of Engineering, Technology and Quality for Raytheon Network Centric Systems. Dugle came from the commercial world before joining Raytheon in 2004, holding officer-level positions with ADC Telecommunications and positions including vice president of quality for the Defense Systems and Electronics Group at Texas Instruments. She started her career as a manufacturing engineer.

Technology Today recently caught up with Dugle at IIS headquarters in Garland, Texas, to talk about her new role and the big opportunities for Raytheon, including cybersecurity.

TT: You recently became president of the IIS business at Raytheon. What are your top priorities?

LD: Growing our business. It is absolutely clear to me that the key to growth is our ability to (1) apply leading-edge technologies to solve our customers' hardest problems, (2) team with companies and universities who are best in their class, and (3) hire creative, passionate people who want to run fast.

TT: When you think about the future business and opportunities ahead, what do you see?

LD: I see the future playing out a movie on fast forward — in which the threat and defense moves occur literally at cyberspeed. In the intelligence business, our adversaries have access to many of the same commercial technologies, so staying ahead of them requires us to rapidly recognize the potential of emerging innovations and, even more rapidly, to mash the right technologies together. We have to be aware, creative and fast.

When you look at the technologies that are driving our business, the list reads like the table of contents in the latest edition of "Wired" magazine. This is a very exciting time to be working in this industry.

TT: I see you have a diverse background with non-traditional defense experience. How is your background helping in your position as president of IIS? Do you see a difference between the various industries managing data on huge networks?

LD: I'm a big believer that different perspectives bring better solutions, especially in a business like ours where it's all about innovation and speed. On a personal level, I worked in the telecom industry during a time of amazing change, and I experienced firsthand the importance of making decisions quickly and moving forward at the speed of innovation. Otherwise, the market will unquestionably pass you by. My experience in telecom also made me very comfortable moving into new and unfamiliar territory, which is extremely important as IIS aggressively tackles the challenges of cyber, homeland defense and border security, just to mention a few of our key growth areas.

TT: What are Raytheon's plans for the cybersecurity market?

LD: Cybersecurity is one of the most extraordinary challenges of the 21st century. The threat of cyberattacks lurks behind every device we and our customers use to operate in our network-enabled world. Everything is vulnerable to attack. To face this challenge requires an entirely new mindset that is not timid about enlisting and fostering the nation's top talent, working at the extreme scale, and shattering traditional defense models. While the full suite of our cybercapabilities is not widely publicized, it is unprecedented. Our core competencies span everything from customer analytics and information assurance — leaving no doubt about the authenticity and security of the system we are delivering — to the far leading edge of the information operations frontier.

We are leveraging our extensive experience with the nation's most demanding cyber challenges and creating architectures and systems that anticipate the next threat well above the level of fighting the daily battle for cybersecurity. To be the best defender, you have to understand the tools of the best attackers.

TT: What are Raytheon's capabilities in cybersecurity?

LD: Simply put: Cyber is in our DNA. While we don't talk openly about our capabilities, we agree with the adage, "If a system ever had, has, or will have electrons or photons flowing through it, it is vulnerable." In other words, wherever information is generated, sent or stored there are vulnerabilities that create risk and opportunity for our business. We are quite fortunate to have a diverse team of scientists and engineers who truly understand the various depths of these statements and are committed to addressing our customer's toughest cybersecurity challenges.

Our capabilities span both the offensive and defensive side of cybersecurity, which is a unique proposition in the marketplace. In addition, during the last couple of years, Raytheon has added to its strong internal cyber credentials with the acquisition of three highly capable companies. Each brings several significant capabilities to allow Raytheon to respond to the full spectrum of cyber challenges. For example, Raytheon Oakley brings strong insider threat products and services that protect government and commercial networks from the inside out.

It is the fusion of these capabilities that allows our business to address cyber-related demands at multiple levels, from the device to the enterprise, from the small closed network to the global network community. Our layered approach enables Raytheon to tailor our solutions for the wide range of systems that customers operate.

TT: Since 9/11, we've heard a lot about data sharing and interoperability. What is Raytheon doing in this regard?

LD: Data sharing is a monumental problem that continues to plague our customers, bringing with it considerable expense and significant mission impact. Part of our strategy in IIS is to provide customers with "collect anywhere, exploit anywhere systems." This means that, irrespective of whether data is collected via satellite, UAV, human agent, robot, cell tower, etc., that information can be available to any authorized user anywhere in the world in very near real-time. A great example of sharing and interoperability is our recently completed capability to deliver information instantaneously to the warfighter on a device leveraging the Google™ Android mobile platform. Our biggest challenge will be extracting usable information at speed, at scale.

TT: We hear a lot about cyberprofessionals. What exactly is a cyberprofessional?

LD: Cyberprofessionals are engineers who have specialized knowledge in computer system internals, network security and data integrity. They bring a hacker's passion and creativity to understanding how systems are put together and where the vulnerabilities are. These are the engineers who take on our adversaries in cyberspace, and they have the ability to play offense as well as defense.

This is a very exciting part of our business and an area that will undoubtedly bring future growth, not only in the defense industry, but in other areas of technology. If I were in the early- or mid-career stage, I would think very seriously about developing my cyberskills.

TT: What is Raytheon doing to help get more students to pursue math and science careers?

LD: It's vital to get students hooked on math and science when they're young. Raytheon is encouraging interest in science, technology, engineering and math careers through initiatives to coach, fund and engage students who have the promise to be future engineers.

We actively promote math and science education for younger students through activities such as our innovative MathMovesU® program. Raytheon is also a title sponsor for the 2009–2011 MATHCOUNTS® national competition, and we provide numerous scholarships. We also sponsor many local and statewide robotics competitions each year.

TT: What advice do you have for young engineers entering the field?

LD: Follow your passion and have fun! Which I, of course, assume will bring you to Raytheon. It's an exciting place to be. We're hiring — everything from sensor physicists to detect single photons in outer space, to cyberwarriors to protect exabytes in cyberspace. Raytheon has a position for those with a career calling to keep our nation and our allies safe through leading-edge technology.