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Raytheon BBN Technologies Awarded Defense Funding to Advance Optical Communications and Imaging — Press Release

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon BBN Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), has been awarded $2.1 million in funding by DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) for two projects under the Information in a Photon, or InPho, program.

The goal of the two projects is to develop new theory and experimental techniques that enable optical communications and imaging systems to operate at their ultimate limits of information encoding efficiency as permitted by the laws of quantum physics.

The first project, PIECOMM (Photon Information Efficient Communications), aims to create techniques that increase the current limits of optical communications technology while approaching the ultimate limits of photon information efficiency. Achieving this goal will significantly increase power management, speed and reach on free space optical communication links, including far-field links used in deep space.

“Today, optical communications are far from ultimate performance and reaching the furthest limits of light’s information carrying capacity,” said Saikat Guha, Raytheon BBN Technologies scientist. “We are developing techniques that greatly improve the performance of current optical communications and approach the quantum limits of light’s information carrying capacity.”

Raytheon BBN Technologies will generate and demonstrate experimental solutions, such as multiple-spatial-mode design and adaptive joint-detection receivers that attain communications at 10-bits per photon and 5-bits/sec/Hz while simultaneously encoding information in space and time. This work will be done in close collaboration with leading researchers in optical communications, quantum optics and information theory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The second project, FINESSE (Fundamental Information Capacity of Electromagnetism with Squeezing and Spatial Entanglement), aims to determine the theoretical performance limits for imaging technology as determined by the laws of quantum physics. In collaboration with the University of Virginia, Raytheon BBN Technologies will conduct a theoretical and experimental program of study investigating newly engineered quantum states of light to perform imaging with performance superior to conventional techniques. The program will result in a fundamentally new technology for imaging in the near and the far field.

“Conventional imaging techniques use classical light pulses from lasers and detect the resulting reflection from a target or scene,” said Jonathan Habif, Raytheon BBN Technologies senior scientist. “We have set out to define new quantum states of light and subsequent detection methods from which we can obtain far more image information from a lot less light.”

Raytheon BBN Technologies will develop new sources of quantum-entangled light and state-of-the-art optical sensor technologies to demonstrate improvement in the information efficiency of light used for imaging.

Raytheon Company, with 2009 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 88 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 75,000 people worldwide.

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Northrop Grumman’s Robert Brammer and the Cybersecurity Research Consortium Address Critical Need for Emerging Technologies in Cybersecurity

Northrop Grumman's Robert Brammer and the Cybersecurity Research Consortium Address Critical Need for Emerging Technologies in Cybersecurity
May 27, 2010

OMAHA, Neb. - Dr. Robert Brammer, Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) Information Systems Sector vice president and chief technology officer, led a panel calling for increased collaboration in cybersecurity research addressing a critical and immediate national need at the Annual Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) STRATCOM Cyberspace Symposium.

Other panel participants included members of the Northrop Grumman Cybersecurity Research Consortium, Dr. Tom Knight, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Dr. Eugene Spafford, Purdue University. Also participating in the panel was Dr. Michael Van Putte, DARPA.

During the panel discussion, the participants addressed the urgent national need for increased cybersecurity research and development for emerging technologies in these areas. The participants also discussed the programs currently in progress to help address this need.

"We see some promising emerging technologies in many of the areas that our Cybersecurity Research Consortium is addressing," said Brammer. "Substantial work by the government, industry, and academia is needed to realize the potential of these technologies for large-scale implementations that will have national impact."

Northrop Grumman established the Cybersecurity Research Consortium in 2009 to help develop leap-ahead technologies in the cybersecurity field. The consortium includes Carnegie Mellon University, MIT, and Purdue. The research conducted through the consortium spans many areas of cybersecurity, defined as protection of information and information systems on networks. These areas include hardware and software security, privacy, simulation of cyber attacks and defenses, protection of critical national infrastructures, and others. Currently, the consortium is involved in 10 projects at the member universities with complementary research projects at Northrop Grumman.

The Cybersecurity Research Consortium is just one of the initiatives that Northrop Grumman is taking to help develop advances in cyber technology. Earlier this month, the company announced that it would be the presenting sponsor of the Air Force Association's CyberPatriot III competition. CyberPatriot is a national high school cyber defense competition designed to excite, educate, and motivate the next generation of cyber defenders. Through this sponsorship, Northrop Grumman will be recognizing its responsibility to helping develop cybersecurity leaders and promoting new technological advances.

Northrop Grumman is an industry leader in all aspects of computer network operations and cybersecurity, offering customers innovative solutions to help secure the nation's cyber future. For more about cybersecurity at Northrop Grumman.

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Raytheon Awarded Contract for Integrated Standoff Inspection System — Press Release

Raytheon Awarded Contract for Integrated Standoff Inspection System

TEWKSBURY, Mass., April 26, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) a $20.5 million contract to research and develop an automated system for the standoff detection and identification of shielded special nuclear material.

The Integrated Standoff Inspection System, or ISIS, is an active interrogation nuclear radiation detection system that will provide the government with an accurate and reliable inspection system that is fully integrated and automated.

“The need to effectively detect and track the movement of nuclear material increases every day,” said Michael Del Checcolo, vice president of Engineering for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. “ISIS will enable our government to more effectively identify and classify nuclear materials to help prevent their unauthorized entry into this country.”

Raytheon is using its OpenAIR(TM) business model, leveraging the best of large and small businesses, as well as academia and national laboratories, to develop the best-value solution for DTRA. The Raytheon-led team consists of Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, N.M.; Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn.; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif.; Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Advanced Energy Systems, Inc., Medford, N.Y.; Bubble Technology Industries, Chalk River, Ontario; and experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Raytheon Company, with 2009 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 88 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 75,000 people worldwide.

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Raytheon Awarded Contract for Integrated Standoff Inspection System

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Raytheon Awarded Contract for Integrated Standoff Inspection System
April 26, 2010

TEWKSBURY, Mass., -- The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) a $20.5 million contract to research and develop an automated system for the standoff detection and identification of shielded special nuclear material.

The Integrated Standoff Inspection System, or ISIS, is an active interrogation nuclear radiation detection system that will provide the government with an accurate and reliable inspection system that is fully integrated and automated.

"The need to effectively detect and track the movement of nuclear material increases every day," said Michael Del Checcolo, vice president of Engineering for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. "ISIS will enable our government to more effectively identify and classify nuclear materials to help prevent their unauthorized entry into this country."

Raytheon is using its OpenAIR™ business model, leveraging the best of large and small businesses, as well as academia and national laboratories, to develop the best-value solution for DTRA. The Raytheon-led team consists of Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, N.M.; Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn.; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif.; Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Advanced Energy Systems, Inc., Medford, N.Y.; Bubble Technology Industries, Chalk River, Ontario; and experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Boeing Launches Compact 3-D Imaging Camera– Press Release

Boeing Launches Compact 3-D Imaging Camera

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., March 8, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced it has begun offering a new, compact, energy-efficient camera that provides three-dimensional images for military and commercial applications.

Boeing Directed Energy Systems and wholly owned Boeing subsidiary Spectrolab have jointly developed the camera using their own research and development funding, and successfully tested it over the past two years by attaching it to mobile ground platforms and a Boeing AH-6 Little Bird helicopter. Equipped with advanced sensors that were developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory and transferred to Boeing under a teaming arrangement, the cube-shaped camera is one-third the size and uses one-tenth the power of most comparable 3-D imaging cameras.

“Our three-dimensional camera fits a lot of capability into a small package,” said Nasser Karam, vice president of Advanced Technology Products at Spectrolab. “Its compact design and modest power needs will allow it to be deployed on a wide range of platforms, including unmanned aerial and ground vehicles that don’t have much room or power to spare.”

The camera, which Boeing can customize for each customer, has many potential uses, including mapping terrain, tracking targets and seeing through foliage. To create a 3-D image, the camera fires a short pulse of laser light, then measures the pulse’s flight time to determine how far away each part of the camera’s field of view is.

“The camera combines cutting-edge sensor technology with Boeing’s advanced pointing and tracking solutions and real-time processing to provide our customers with highly integrated 3-D imaging payloads for ground, airborne or space-based applications,” said Joseph Paranto, Growth lead for Directed Energy Systems in Albuquerque.

Boeing is currently integrating the camera into compact 3-D imaging payloads on unmanned aerial vehicles and will be testing that capability this spring. The team will also add 3-D video capability to the camera soon to complement its existing still-image capability.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world’s largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $34 billion business with 68,000 employees worldwide.

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