Effort diversifies DoD's supplier base
Raytheon Company and Infinity Technology Services, LLC, won a two-year Mentor Protégé program contract from the US Air Force. Mentor Protégé programs help the Department of Defense diversify its supplier base by giving small businesses experience in high-demand disciplines with a mentor company. Raytheon will help ITS mature its cybersecurity design, testing, defense and verification capabilities.
"Encouraging small business is a good thing for the government as well as Raytheon, and ITS brings a unique understanding of the Air Force mission from several operational perspectives," said Bill Sullivan, vice president of Raytheon's Intelligence, Information and Services business. "Together, we are developing key technologies our customers need, and what we've learned on GPS OCX will be extremely valuable to everyone involved."
GPS OCX is the enhanced ground control segment of a U.S. Air Force-led effort to modernize America's GPS system. It has achieved the highest level of cybersecurity protections of any DoD space system to date.
"GPS OCX's information assurance protections are industry leading, which is why this partnership is an incredible learning opportunity for our company," said Hassan B. Campbell, president of ITS. "Cybersecurity is foundational to every DoD system, and the skills required to execute in this arena continue to evolve rapidly. We're looking forward to improving our current capabilities to protect the systems we make and deliver to our military customers."