A Message From Mark E. Russell
Vice President of Engineering, Technology and Mission Assurance
Fifty years ago, the world changed forever with a research breakthrough leading to the first operating laser — a moment in Raytheon’s rich research heritage that transformed modern life with countless applications from DVDs to supercomputing.
Today, research is as vital as ever to delivering new technologies and capabilities to our customers. At Raytheon, research begins with a customer focus. What current and emerging capabilities do our customers need? Where do technology gaps lie? Then we focus our research and technology road maps to address these capabilities needs.
Raytheon funds and supports research at many different levels. We leverage the domain knowledge of Raytheon’s world-class people with investments through program funding, contracted research and development, independent research and development, and enterprise campaigns. In addition, we tap new external ideas and approaches through partnerships, alliances, mergers and acquisitions.
This Research issue of Technology Today shows how Raytheon is investing at all levels of research to provide customers with mission critical capabilities. Articles discuss the development of the once theoretical wide bandgap semiconductor gallium nitride, and the Morphable Networked Micro-Architecture as the most adaptable processor ever built for the U.S. Department of Defense. You will also learn about a new radiation detection system for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and how we are using virtual-reality technology for battlefield simulation training.
In this issue’s Leaders Corner, Bill Kiczuk, vice president and chief technology officer, focuses on technology and innovation, two cornerstones for Raytheon’s success. Bill works with leaders across the businesses to ensure our technology efforts are coordinated and integrated for both near term needs as well as for long term capabilities.
In the Events section we highlight our 2009 Excellence in Engineering and Technology Award recipients, our Raytheon Six Sigma™ President’s Award winners and of those, the winners of the CEO Award, plus Raytheon’s 38 newest certified architects. Our Raytheon Certified Architect Program has garnered accreditation by the Open Group, an international vendor- and technology-neutral consortium. Raytheon is the first in the aerospace and defense industry to receive this recognition.
Mark E. Russell