Energy, Environment, Defense and Security (E2DS) Conference 2011
Engaging the Aerospace, Defense and Security Sectors in Energy, Environment and Counter-Climate Change Markets
Held in Washington, D.C., May 3-4, the E2DS conference brought together technology leaders in the defense industry, domestic and international representatives from the government and defense communities, and university researchers to discuss solutions to global environmental challenges. This was the second conference; the first was held in London in 2009. Raytheon was an industry sponsor and participant.
Addressing the complexity and far-reaching impacts of regional and world environmental issues we face today requires the coordinated efforts of academia to understand the science, governments to establish and carry out policy, and industry to help implement solutions. The defense industry has a well established history of working closely with these partners to solve difficult, multi-faceted problems. As demonstrated in this issue of Technology Today, and the previous issue on energy, a significant part of Raytheon's heritage is working hand-in-hand with universities, governments and industry partners to understand our environment, address our energy needs and mitigate the detrimental effects of weather, climate change and environmental pollution on our society. We provide unique capabilities as a technology company, as a systems integrator and as a problem solver.
At the conference, Raytheon Vice President of Engineering, Technology
and Mission Assurance Mark E. Russell participated in a panel with other defense company technology leaders to discuss the ability of the defense sector to provide solutions to global environmental problems. He pointed to Raytheon's leadership roles on the System for Vigilance of the Amazon (SIVAM), Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA), the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS), and the development of scalable and renewable energy solutions as examples of significant Raytheon contributions that reach beyond the realm of defense.
Bruce Snider, director of Technology for Raytheon's Network Centric Systems, and Diane Mahoney, program manager for Raytheon's Ocean Observatories Initiative support to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, participated on a panel addressing global environmental needs at a system-of-systems level.
Snider presented Raytheon's capabilities and experience in the design and operation of large complex systems and associated data management. He discussed how Raytheon's work addresses cyber security for the national power grid and the development of renewable energy solutions for microgrids. Raytheon collaborates with the University of Arizona in managing the biosphere. We have had an active decade-long contract with the National Science Foundation to provide technical and environmental oversight and training at three year-round U.S. locations, numerous field camps, and on two research vessels in the Antarctic regions. Raytheon has also developed a systems architecture for the Global Earth Observatories System-of-Systems (GEOSS).
Diane Mahoney teamed with Woods Hole to discuss the highly collaborative development of a vast system of ocean-monitoring sensors for understanding its complex ecosystem. As Mahoney explained, 72 percent of the earth is covered by ocean, where the planet stores heat, CO2 and natural resources. The purpose of the NSF-funded project is to understand the ocean as a system. Started in 2009, the OOI project will take five years to construct and is being designed to collect and process data for 25 years. Many partners are involved in the project. Woods Hole is a key implementing organization and Raytheon is providing select engineering services.
All participants acknowledge the immense challenges ahead. In his remarks, Nick Cook, the conference organizer, noted that since the first meeting in 2009, the discussion had matured from a debate over the extent of the problem to a debate on how best to solve it.