Aligning Business and Corporate Responsibility Strategy


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.



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

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

This hard-earned reputation for innovation and delivering solutions has been a major growth platform for Raytheon. For example:

Laser technology

Raytheon is taking aim at the threat weaponized drones present by installing high-energy lasers on Polaris MRZRs — small, all-terrain vehicles used to patrol territory. The lasers are housed in an advanced variant of Raytheon’s Multi-Spectral Targeting System — a sophisticated package of electro-optical and infrared sensors. We identified a clear customer need and quickly engineered a tactically relevant vehicle that could deploy to forward operating bases and perform its mission.

We also mounted an integrated high-energy laser system on an Apache AH-64 attack helicopter used by U.S. Special Operations forces. It acquired and hit an unmanned target over a wide variety of flight regimes, altitudes and air speeds. This laser technology provides warfighters with a safer, more precise way to protect themselves from new threats in the air and on the ground.

Laser Technology

Advanced Radar

As a result of the Spectrum Pipeline Act of 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration formed a cross-agency team called SENSR, for Spectrum Efficient National Surveillance Radar. The goal of SENSR is to decrease the number and types of radars across the country and replace more than 600 of them with advanced, highly sophisticated multipurpose radars for air traffic control, air defense and air surveillance, border and critical infrastructure protection and weather forecasting. That will free up more of the spectrum needed for wireless internet services.

Raytheon is investing in this pursuit by developing a new generation of radar systems, including active electronically scanned arrays, 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 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.


Quantum Computing

Quantum Computing

Researchers from Raytheon BBN Technologies 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 underpin 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.

Information Technology

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

We’re partnering with IBM® to bring an energy efficient “IT as a Service” approach to our enterprise data centers. We opened a new enterprise data center that incorporates solid-state storage and other energy-efficient technologies and will migrate this technology to our other enterprise data centers. This initiative will help reduce energy consumption.

We’re also gaining valuable insights we can apply to help customers upgrade their data centers. We are also working on managing server utilization in external cloud providers.

Smart Campus

At Raytheon’s expansive campus in Tucson, Arizona, our facilities organization is leading an initiative to integrate a network of sensors, meters, data loggers and controls that provide powerful capabilities to visualize and analyze building performance. Adopting this smart technology at this and other Raytheon facilities will help us conserve energy, reduce maintenance costs, improve productivity and minimize each building's environmental footprint. We’ve completed building automation system upgrades and integrated 56 buildings on the Tucson campus into the Smart Campus platform. As part of Raytheon’s Smart Campus strategy, we are upgrading building management systems at several other locations around the country for 2018 integration.


Virtual Enterprise Collaboration

We continue to make progress in deploying our next-generation virtual collaboration environment across Raytheon. In 2017, we worked to roll out the cloud-based integrated collaboration service globally. It provides secure email, chat, virtual meetings, and team collaboration support. We also upgraded the reliability and performance of our global videoconferencing service, which supports greater collaboration and reduces the need for employees to travel.



We’re applying decades of experience protecting our own computer systems and those of our intelligence and defense customers to build new cyber capabilities that protect critical systems and underpin our way of life.

In 2018 we will introduce a new level of cybersecurity to keep company, customer and employee data secure — and keep us one step ahead of cyber threats. We will issue new Public Key Infrastructure Smart Cards to all U.S. employees and contractors to protect our network, deliver enhanced features like a network login and provide Virtual Private Network access and wireless network connectivity.

Military and Government

We’re embedding cybersecurity protection into our entire product portfolio, from new weapons 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® is meeting growing commercial sector demand for human-centric cybersecurity capabilities including 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 as the only company to focus its expertise on security of the converged commercial, defense, intelligence and government sectors. By investing in people, technology and education, we’re protecting society and citizens from attacks that can compromise or shut down the internet-related systems that connect us to each other and to the world.

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