Raytheon is one of the biggest military contractors in the world, but it didn’t get there by bending metal. Instead, it mined core competencies in sensors, networks, smart munitions and electronic warfare to fashion an enterprise continuously on the cutting edge of innovation. That quality is readily apparent in its Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) unit, which is helping to redefine the future of warfare. In brief, company leaders believe warfare is migrating from weapons platforms to “systems of systems,” from concentration of capabilities to proliferation, from isolation of diverse sensors to fusion, from closed architectures to open ones, and from fragility to resilience. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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