Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Raytheon Completes Acceptance Testing for Intelligence-Sharing Backbone

Raytheon Completes Acceptance Testing for Intelligence-Sharing Backbone
June 2, 2009

Third-generation intelligence backbone provides faster and more efficient information sharing

GARLAND, Texas, -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) Integration Backbone, or DIB, team has completed a rigorous, multiple-day test of its new DIB version 1.3, representing an important step toward delivering new intelligence-sharing technology to users worldwide.

DIB software is installed in more than 100 systems around the world and is a key enabler for information sharing and collaboration among previously isolated intelligence centers.

"This latest DIB is the most advanced information-sharing technology developed to date, offering more features and services for users than ever before," said Anthony DiFurio, director of Multi-Intelligence Systems in Raytheon's Intelligence and Information Systems business. "The DIB's advanced sharing capabilities will deliver significant mission capability enhancements to the worldwide community of DCGS users."

The government's DIB Management Office was on-site at the Raytheon test lab to provide oversight and witness innovative technology that will give intelligence analysts the ability to share intelligence information faster and more efficiently.

The Raytheon testing has assessed all aspects of the DIB version 1.3 design, ensuring delivery of a mature software upgrade to scores of sites around the world.

Completion of the DIB version 1.3 delivery extends the tradition of successful DIB deployments started by Raytheon and the DIB team in March 2005 with the first DIB version 1.0 delivery.

As the DIB prime contractor, Raytheon delivered an open DIB that could be used by anyone in the defense and intelligence communities. An open DIB enhances and elevates knowledge sharing among intelligence analysts, while providing critically important features that enable discovery and sharing of information, services and workflow in a very secure environment.

DIB 1.3 users have developed hundreds of ways to expose previously hidden data. Raytheon is a leading systems integrator for the global intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance community, including the exposing and sharing of intelligence data and DIB user training.

"Raytheon's DIB 1.3 addresses a major shortfall identified by the 9/11 Commission: 'inefficient sharing of intelligence information,'" DiFurio said. "Ten years from now, people will look back and say, 'How did we do our mission without the use of the DIB?'"

Raytheon IIS is a leading provider of intelligence and information solutions, specializing in ground processing, unmanned ground systems, cybersecurity operations, homeland security and other markets to resolve the most complex problems for our customers worldwide. IIS had 2008 revenues of $3.1 billion and employs more than 9,000 engineering and technical professionals worldwide.

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