Technology Today

2013 Issue 1

Michael L. Walker

Engineering Profiles

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Paul Bailey
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Dr. Joseph O. Chapa
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Jason Shelton
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Joanne Wood
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Jane Orsulak
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Michael L. Walker
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Nora Tgavalekos, Ph.D.
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Engineering Profile

Michael L. Walker
RFuture Project Lead Missile Systems

Michael L. Walker is currently the lead for the missile system’s RFuture effort. In this role, he is responsible for a business-wide collaboration effort to transform the missile system’s business and culture into an organization that will provide for faster and more effective engineering solutions for our customers. Prior to this assignment, Walker was the deputy center manager for the Modeling Simulation and Analysis (MS&A) Center. He has more than 20 years of experience in commercial and military modeling and simulation with extensive experience in system engineering, network/Internet technology, large-scale simulations and algorithm optimization. He has designed and implemented embedded processing frameworks, along with the High-Level-Architecture-RealTime-Infrastructure (HLA-RTI) design for embedded and large-scale federations, and numerous simulations for product lines.

While working at the MS&A Center, Walker enjoys leading company activities in simulation networking and security, high-performance computing (HPC) design, and model based engineering initiatives. “I have always gravitated to computer programming and simulations,” he notes. “During my undergraduate studies, I had the opportunity to work in developing simulations that focused on countermeasure performance for the Army. It just seemed natural to continue simulation work after graduation, and continued simulation work when I joined Hughes Missile Systems [later becoming Raytheon Missile Systems].”

Early in his career, Walker was exposed to a wide range of analyses, from test range prediction to operational performance to countermeasure analysis. He developed various models and performed analyses that focused on RF countermeasures and GPS improvements for weapon systems. He worked on the original Theater High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) proposal where he initiated the development and collection of the tools and models that would later become what we now know as the Interactive Theater Air Defense System (ITADS) simulations suite. Walker led efforts to commonize the Standard Missile Plate 2 design across all of the missile variants. He also worked on several Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) activities with the University of Southern California. These efforts led to a team lead position in charge of several HLA interface modules that were delivered to the NATO ballistic missile defense testbed. Walker became a department manager in 2007 for the newly formed department within the MS&A Center called Advanced Modeling Concepts (AMC). This department was responsible for the continued development of ITADS, genSim and other simulations.

“Our customers want Raytheon to deliver the best systems that we can build to protect our warfighters,” Walker maintains. “Understanding the customer need and how to turn that need into requirements is critical in producing our products. To help understand what those requirements should be, we work with the customer, using simulations to perform the analysis that will turn those need statements into our top-level requirements.”

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