A combined force
Raytheon Intelligence & Space fuses talent, tech to create powerhouse
Shared values and complementary technologies. Together, they’ll help the Raytheon Intelligence & Space thrive, according to RI&S President Roy Azevedo.
The new business was formed by consolidating the former Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems with the former Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. It’s one of four Raytheon Technologies businesses resulting from the April 3rd, 2020 merger of United Technologies Corporation and Raytheon Company.
“Raytheon Intelligence & Space is a great combination,” Azevedo said. “We’ve got cultures that are both very accountable and have track records for delivering. And when we joined SAS, a hardware-centric organization, with IIS, a software-centric organization, it formed a powerful bond.”
Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, RI&S is a global aerospace and defense business, employing 39,000 employees worldwide. The company has several large-scale operations across the United States, and at landed companies in the United Kingdom and Australia.
“Raytheon Intelligence & Space has a broad global footprint,” Azevedo said. “Likewise, we have a broad customer set, addressing civil, defense and intelligence community needs.”
RI&S will have the scale, breadth and talent to compete effectively in the global marketplace. Its core capabilities include air dominance; space solutions; cybersecurity; communications and navigation; decision superiority; command and control; modernization, training & mission support; and advanced tech. Azevedo sees synergies across these capabilities, with the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.
“One growth area that immediately comes to mind is in the space domain,” he said. “IIS was a leader in ground technology for space systems and the ground processing of space data. SAS delivered world-class space payloads. We’ll now be able to look at the entire value stream and offer end-to-end space solutions to our customers.”
Besides the ability to provide turnkey systems, RI&S will also invest in internal research and development to create revolutionary technologies, as well as modernize and improve existing products and solutions.
The business employs a smart and diverse workforce. Azevedo advocates an active approach to the company’s culture. A positive culture not only attracts and retains the best talent, it also makes for loyal and productive employees who champion the company. That enthusiasm will help build the company’s brand and better serve customers.
“The reason that culture is so important to me is that I believe strongly that the way that you get results is just as important as the results themselves,” Azevedo said. “I believe strongly in diversity and inclusion. It’s critical in solving problems, because it’s a source of new ideas.”
Azevedo stressed the importance of treating people well and “creating an environment where people want to come to work every day.”
As the Pentagon and government customers embrace a more agile approach to the acquisition process, and a “fast follower” mindset to quickly adopt new technology, RI&S will likewise develop and deliver at speed.
RI&S will “go fast because our customers need us to go fast,” Azevedo said, “because threats are evolving faster than ever before. We need to keep our customers ahead of the pace of the threats.”
Azevedo shared his goal for RI&S as “the company where customers come to when they need their hardest problems solved.”