2008 Issue 2 - Raytheon


2008 Issue 2 - Raytheon

the condition and location of containerized

assets. ATaRS anticipates and

streamlines maintenance, repair and

overhaul events. This mitigates warranty

claims and increases product availability

as well as mission support and supply

chain efficiency. The system opens potentially

huge new commercial and military

markets adjacent to the company’s core

missile products.

The last article summarizes RMS’ extension

of Raytheon’s technologies and

manufacturing capabilities into the adjacent

market for space products. As

nations develop their next-generation

spacecraft, RMS has made a long-term

commitment to this market. It includes

substantial collaboration among

Raytheon businesses, aligning internal

research and development efforts with

NASA’s needs, and investing in

proposal development.

Stephen Reidy



Don Uhlir

Technology Director

Raytheon Missile Systems

Don Uhlir leads RMS’ technology strategy formulation while reviewing and

advising all internal research and development efforts and managing strategic

technology investments. As a Corporate Technology Leadership Council member,

he advises on technology efforts across Raytheon’s businesses and identifies areas

for synergistic leverage.

“Our technology investment plan balances the needs of current programs with our

need to grow into new and adjacent markets,” Uhlir said. “We must also develop

basic technology that might be key to a disruptive market.

“Our hardest investment decision is selecting emerging technologies that may hold

promise for our business,” he noted. “Although it’s easy to prioritize current program

investments based on financial return on investment, an ROI calculation for

an emerging technology or market area will have far more noise than data. We make

educated decisions based on trends that we see in technology, and the capability

needs of current and future customers.”

“Technology by itself does not help us grow our business, unless we understand

how to harness it to meet customer needs,” Uhlir concluded. “In addition to

understanding it, we must be the first to bring it to market. Because technology

is fleeting, Raytheon and our customers lose the benefit our technology investment

unless we commercialize it rapidly. Early Engineering collaboration with

Operations is key to rapid product realization.”

Uhlir has more than 25 years experience in the Department of Defense and

the aerospace industry. His program expertise ranges from concept development

to production transition. He has also led many proprietary research and

development projects.

Most recently, he served as RMS’ Advanced Programs director of Airframe

Technologies. Previously he managed the Mechanical Engineering Center’s

Propulsion and Low Observables department. He also headed the center’s

Structural and Thermal Analysis departments and the Aeromechanics, Materials

and Chemical Analysis laboratories.


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