Aligning Business and Corporate Responsibility Strategy
Raytheon takes a disciplined approach to corporate responsibility that aligns our business strategy with our many initiatives to protect our environment; support military families and veterans; spark interest in science, technology, engineering and math education; and create stimulating career opportunities. Our corporate responsibility strategy draws on several key areas of our business: innovation, technology and cybersecurity.
Raytheon takes a differentiated approach to research that we call "innovation with a purpose."
We take a broader look at what our customers need and at what we're doing. And working side by side, we focus together on initiatives that will have a tangible impact on our business, our customers' missions and the world we share.
Customers seek out our engineering expertise and innovative spirit to perform early-stage, classified contract research that opens up new technologies. We work as one company, sharing systems, engineering insights and vital data across Raytheon. In the process, we create value by exploring broader applications for our technologies and solutions.
"In 2016, new contracts for customer-funded research and development increased by nearly 50 percent from 2015."
This hard-earned reputation for innovation has been a major growth platform for Raytheon. For example:
- Raytheon received contracted research funding to develop new undersea technology. We're pushing the boundaries of several key technologies, including a specialized form of sonar, powerful data analytics, advanced sensors and the development of autonomous robots. These will contribute to a new vision for 21st-century undersea defense.
- In the area of intelligence, we're exploring how to convert the high-fidelity sensors used in large weather and military intelligence systems to work on smaller satellites or combat vehicles. These sensors promise to collect and transmit to field officers higher volumes of actionable data than ever before.
- Raytheon researchers are also investigating how to incorporate new materials that do not exist in nature into defense systems. We explore these materials at the atomic level; use computers and data to develop applications; use engineering expertise to build in strength, heat and other performance qualities; and then employ 3-D printing to build new structures from these new materials.
These and other projects position Raytheon for long-term growth — and create new opportunities for our people as research evolves into testing and production.
Eye in the Sky
Business strategy and corporate responsibility align perfectly with the advanced sensor and systems Raytheon develops to empower meteorologists to protect people and property.
Our satellite-borne Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite, or VIIRS brings the unique capabilities of infrared and low-light imaging to weather forecasting and the earth sciences.
Scientists use its data to track ice movements in the Arctic, monitor harmful algal blooms, measure the temperature of seas and document vegetation stress as a predictor of drought. In 2016, the system captured terrifying images of the Typhoon Meranti, one of the strongest storms ever to hit the Philippines.
Raytheon also developed the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System, which delivers data to forecasters in more than 130 National Weather Service offices across the country.
In a future mission to Mars, the system's ability to monitor, visualize and display space weather could help protect astronauts by identifying dangerous solar storms and radiation. It could also help protect electronics back on earth.
"Space weather can disrupt communications, interfere with GPS signals, damage satellites, affect astronauts in space and even shut down the power grid," said Brad Scalio, a meteorologist and chief engineer for Raytheon's AWIPS program. "That's why it's critical that we monitor solar activity."
Raytheon employees and customers depend on a powerful, flexible information technology infrastructure to conduct advanced research, collect vast amounts of data, run advanced analytics and support new applications. We're improving that infrastructure with:
Energy-efficient data centers.
Raytheon took an important step in 2016, to optimize our information technology performance and meet a new 2020 sustainability goal to reduce energy consumption 10 percent from 2015 levels.
Our global IT organization forged a multiyear partnership with IBM® to implement advanced energy management at our enterprise data centers. We adopted an energy efficient "IT as a Service" approach. We relocated one of Raytheon's primary data centers to a new center that uses solid-state storage and other highly energy-efficient strategies. We plan to apply the energy efficiency lessons learned from the enterprise data centers to the company's other data centers. We also developed an online information repository to track energy consumption at the data centers and share information on successful energy efficiency projects.
We took a decisive step toward the "factory of the future" and "office of the future" with the implementation of Smart Campus technology to improve productivity and energy performance across the company's expansive Tucson, Arizona campus.
We're building an integrated network of sensors, meters, data loggers and controls that provide powerful capabilities to visualize and analyze performance. With this information, we can conserve energy, optimize space and equipment, and minimize each building's environmental footprint. When this advanced analytics capability is completed in 2019, we expect it to generate annual cost savings of more than $1.2 million in Tucson.
We also rolled out new technologies that will enhance employee performance and satisfaction. These include improved email, chat and calendaring capabilities; initial phases of a cloud-based data sharing and document management service; and an enhanced global video teleconference service that will reduce travel and commuting.
Raytheon has decades of experience protecting our computer systems and those of our customers from outsider threats. Today, we've applied this expertise across our entire product portfolio. Our solutions protect the critical infrastructures that nations, businesses and citizens depend on. They also safeguard personal information, valuable assets and intellectual property.
In 2016, Raytheon began work on a $1 billion contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help approximately 100 government agencies secure their websites and mitigate cyber attacks. We're also protecting the networks of a growing number of international customers, including the governments of the United Arab Emirates and Estonia.
"Raytheon is also funding research on warning systems that can protect aircraft against cyber attacks. A software-only technology will provide a quick and easy fix should the need arise, while a hardware-deployable module will give airlines and the military resilient, persistent protection."
Through Forcepoint, our comprehensive cyber offerings now range from protection of nations, infrastructure and large enterprises to off-the-shelf software for small businesses. We're meeting growing customer demand for military-grade defense capabilities, cloud-based security protection, next generation firewalls, proactive threat hunting, advanced insider threat protection, SureView™ data loss protection capabilities, behavioral analytics and network testing.
Deepred Creates Automatic Defense
What if a computer could learn to defend itself?
That was the concept behind the 2016 Cyber Grand Challenge, a contest sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency to speed development of networks that can fend off attackers automatically. Raytheon's team, "DeepRed," was one of seven finalists that competed for the prize.
"To beat human hackers, we needed to develop algorithms and encode our machine with the knowledge and skills of the most elite hackers," says DeepRed's Tim Bryant. "It needed the wits of a human and the ability to sift through data in an intelligent fashion."
During the championship, held at the DEF CON computer security conference in August, teams had to fend off hackers, battle bugs and patch vulnerabilities in real time while keeping their systems and services up and running. The DeepRed Team's "bot," named Ruebus, finished fourth in the first-of-its-kind, "all-machine" competition.
"When computers learn how to defend themselves, it's going to change the balance of power between hackers and defenders," said Mark Orlando, Raytheon Foreground Security director of cyber operations.