Welcome to the newly formatted Technology Today magazine. While the layout has been updated, the content remains focused on critical Raytheon engineering and technology developments. This edition features Raytheon’s advances in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

Commercial applications of AI and ML — including facial recognition technology for mobile phones and social applications, virtual personal assistants, and mapping service applications that predict traffic congestion — are becoming ubiquitous in today’s society. Furthermore, ML design tools provide developers the ability to create and test their own ML-based applications without requiring expertise in the underlying complex mathematics and computer science. Additionally, in its 2018 National Defense Strategy, the United States Department of Defense has recognized the importance of AI and ML as an enabler for maintaining competitive military advantage.

Raytheon understands the importance of these technologies and is applying AI and ML to solutions where they provide benefit to our customers, such as in areas of predictive equipment maintenance, language classification of handwriting, and automatic target recognition. Not only does ML improve Raytheon products, it also can enhance our business operations and manufacturing efficiencies by identifying complex patterns in historical data that result in process improvements. This issue of Technology Today highlights some of Raytheon’s innovative developments and applications of AI and ML.

In our Leaders Corner, Raytheon Missile Systems’ Technical Director Dr. Jeff Vollin answers questions about his role, and what excites him about technology development at Raytheon. Our Eye on Technology section highlights our Mechanical, Materials, and Structures technology network and how the industry shift toward open standards designs exerts influence on this technology area.

The Special Interest section highlights Raytheon’s White House visit to celebrate the 10 millionth U.S. Patent, granted to Raytheon engineer Joe Marron. Finally, the People section spotlights Raytheon women engineers encouraging and mentoring young women in high school on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers during a FIRST® Robotics Competition in California.

– Mark E. Russell
  Vice President of Engineering, Technology and Mission Assurance