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At Raytheon, our business strategy aligns with our many initiatives to engineer a safer world. Our corporate responsibility strategy draws on several key areas of our business: innovation, technology and cybersecurity.

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Next-generation integrated terminal workstation

The drive to develop new technologies is relentless and accelerating. Today, Raytheon teams are applying Agile methodologies and DevOps to deliver high — quality solutions at a faster pace, putting transformational capabilities into the hands of our customers around the world. With its focus on continuous integration, testing, deployment and monitoring — supported by advanced testing automation — DevOps is redefining how we develop solutions to support our customers’ missions.



By understanding our customers’ most pressing needs and working side by side with them, 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 contract research and development that identifies 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 that will truly transform tomorrow.

Quantum Computing


Raytheon researchers completed an experiment that matched a traditional computer processor against a prototype quantum processor in a race to solve a puzzle using data intentionally packed with errors. This early test of emerging quantum processing suggests that this technology has the speed and computing power to one day contribute to the development of machine learning, complex new medicines and more accurate radars. These and other projects position Raytheon for long-term growth — and create new opportunities for our people as research evolves into testing and production. These innovations offer clear societal benefits, improving visibility and security while laying the technology foundation for future discoveries.

Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning

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Automated identification system of vessels in English Channel

Information has become the dominant currency in conflict, and the quantity of data is growing exponentially. As a result, artificial intelligence and machine learning are playing a greater role in the decision-making process. To help decision-makers contextualize and trust this information, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) turned to Raytheon to work on a first-of-its-kind neural network, a brain-like system that explains itself. Raytheon’s Explainable Question Answering System will show users which data mattered most in the artificial intelligence decision-making process. Users can ask the system questions about chosen recommendations and discover why it rejected others. Raytheon is developing the system as part of DARPA’s Explainable Artificial Intelligence program. The technology is still in its early phases of development, but could potentially be used not only in Department of Defense (DoD) operations, but also in a range of other applications, like campus security, industrial operations and medicine.

Additive Manufacturing

Some designs are so complex, and have such specialized performance characteristics, that they cannot be made by more traditional methods. With additive manufacturing, Raytheon takes 3D objects from a computer model or other data set, and then lays down successive layers of material to create molds, tools, fixtures and some production parts. This technique can speed up development time while improving size, weight and overall performance metrics.



Space-Based Sensors

Raytheon has been involved in spaceflight since our guidance computers steered some of the first space capsules, including Apollo 11. Our microwave amplifier beamed back the first images from the lunar surface and delivered Neil Armstrong’s famous transmission, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

In 2018, we partnered with the U.S. Air Force Research Lab on the Infrared Imaging Space Experiment to place an electro-optical sensor in geostationary orbit. Known as the IRISX, it will test new concepts for persistent Earth viewing while exploring the applicability of advanced imaging and data processing techniques for DoD remote sensing applications. The system was built in just 29 months for $30 million, demonstrating Raytheon’s ability to support DoD’s go-fast initiatives.

In October 2018, Lockheed Martin turned to Raytheon as one of two contractors selected to design the payload for its Next Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared resilient missile warning satellite. Next Gen OPIR addresses the emerging advanced missile threat, providing early launch detection for an increasingly dangerous world.

Weather Tech

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Hurricane Michael

Weather satellites equipped with infrared, low-light and other advanced sensors provide critical information needed to enhance the prediction of the intensity and path of major storms, wildfires and floods with ever-increasing fidelity. In 2018, wildfires scorched California’s landscape, and Hurricane Michael swept across Gulf Coast communities. Meteorologists used the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) — underpinned with Raytheon’s uFrame™ architecture — to monitor, organize, visualize and distribute weather data from thousands of sensors and sources to help protect lives and safeguard property.

The uFrame architecture allowed meteorologists with an AWIPS, thin-client laptop to travel to these locations to provide first responders with weather data such as wind velocity and direction, temperatures and other intelligence they need to save lives and property. This engine can ingest weather data from any source — satellites, radars, radiosondes, maritime buoys, aircraft, surface observations, forecast models and the like. Then this same engine processes all of that information and displays it on an easily understood screen. Because of uFrame’s versatility, it can be used in the intelligence world or any industry that deals with masses of real-time information. uFrame will eventually be deployed to mobile devices and the cloud, which will allow even wider use of applications.

Directed Energy: High-Power Microwave & Laser Technology

Raytheon takes a differentiated approach to research and development that we call “innovation with a purpose.”

The speed and low cost per engagement of directed energy is revolutionary in protecting our troops against drones. During a U.S. Army exercise, Raytheon’s advanced high-power microwave system engaged and destroyed multiple swarms.

Raytheon continues to mature our high-energy laser portfolio. In a series of tests at the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, our Polaris MRZR® all-terrain vehicle, outfitted with a high-energy laser (HEL) system, identified, tracked, engaged and downed 12 airborne, maneuvering Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Popular Science named Raytheon’s HEL system to its “Best of What’s New” list of the 100 greatest innovations in 2018.

Advanced Radar

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Raytheon’s SPY-6 provides protection against air and surface targets as well as ballistic missile threats

Raytheon has been a leader in radar since World War II, and we continue to invest in new operations and technologies to ensure we provide effective solutions to our defense and commercial customers. In 2018, we completed a 30,000-square-foot addition at our Andover, Massachusetts, facility to ramp up production of one of the largest radars Raytheon has ever built: the U.S. Navy’s AN/SPY-6(V) integrated air and missile defense radar. We are also investing to upgrade our Patriot™ Air and Missile Defense system. We will use an active electronically scanned array, or AESA, radar that provides a 360-degree view of the horizon. The system will also incorporate gallium nitride, or GaN, a powerful semiconductor component that uses energy more efficiently to enhance the radar’s range and search capability. Over the last 20 years, Raytheon has spent more than $300 million pioneering GaN technology.

Raytheon also continues to support Spectrum Efficient National Surveillance Radar, or SENSR, as part of a cross-agency team fielded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DoD, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Raytheon is investing in a new generation of radar systems, including AESAs that can improve detection rates, meet additional mission needs and decrease operations and maintenance costs.

For the FAA, new, advanced radars could improve air traffic management, increase security and substantially lower the cost of sustainment. NOAA could benefit from more accurate, timelier weather predictions with earlier hazardous weather warnings. DHS could gain better insights to help conduct unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and airspace security operations around suspect airborne and maritime activity. The DoD will be able to more effectively conduct homeland defense, civil support and security cooperation to secure the United States and its interests.

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Photo of Patriot AESA Radar


Digital Thread

Our digital thread initiative will minimize design handoffs, focus on converging product designs quicker and accelerating decision-making across all phases of the product life cycle. This will result in accelerated program execution, increased collaboration across businesses and disciplines, increased reuse of product information and designs, reduced rework and other enhancements to productivity.

Raytheon Vision Systems

Raytheon leads in the development of state-of-the-art visible focal plane array (FPA) solutions based on silicon technology. These FPAs have superior performance in quantum efficiency, radiation hardness and spectral response relative to more conventional imaging arrays. These focal plane arrays are used in space-based surveillance applications that encompass stringent performance requirements in terms of sensitivity, uniformity and operability.



Raytheon has decades of experience protecting our own computer systems and those of our intelligence and defense customers. It’s our responsibility to apply this expertise to build new cyber capabilities that protect critical systems that underpin our way of life.

In 2018, we introduced a new level of cybersecurity to keep company, customer and employee data secure — and keep us one step ahead of cyber threats. We issued new Public Key Infrastructure Smart Cards to all U.S. employees and contractors to protect our network, enhance network login and provide virtual private network access and wireless network connectivity. We’re embedding cybersecurity protection into our entire product portfolio, from new defense and communications systems to protection of the government systems that contain personal data and provide vital services. The new Cybersecurity Executive Order, signed in 2017, establishes three priorities that align with Raytheon’s cyber capabilities: protecting federal networks, protecting critical infrastructure and developing a cybersecurity workforce that can defend against international cyber threats.

Forcepoint®, Raytheon’s commercial business, is meeting growing commercial sector demand for human-centric cybersecurity capabilities. These include risk-adaptive solutions that feature data loss prevention, behavioral analytics, cloud-based security protection, next-generation firewalls, insider threat protection and cross-domain products. Raytheon is working across every side of cyber to focus its expertise on security of the converged commercial, defense, intelligence and government sectors. By investing in people, technology and education, we’re fulfilling our responsibility to protect society and citizens from attacks that can compromise or shut down the internet-related systems that connect us to each other and the world.

Corporate Responsibility Report

Corporate Responsibility Report This year’s report provides an expansive review of our corporate responsibility content, and highlights our efforts to enrich the lives of people, strengthen our performance, and reduce our footprint on the planet.

Corporate Responsibility Report