Boeing integrates the business

Boeing has merged the company’s total space, defence, government, intelligence and communications capabilities into one $23 billion business unit called Integrated Defense Systems.

Jim Albaugh, 52, has been named president and CEO of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. The new organisation will be headquartered in St. Louis, with 78,600 employees worldwide.

‘Integrated solutions – joining network-centric information with integrated military air, land, sea and space-based platforms – is the direction modern defense systems are moving,’ said Boeing Chairman and CEO Phil Condit. ‘The platforms our government customers are buying today will be more and more integrated in the future.

‘Therefore, we are changing our internal structure to bring together those who work on integrated systems and those who design and build platforms. In simple terms, we are aligning our business today with the way we believe future systems are going to be designed, acquired and maintained,’ Condit said. ‘We will also strengthen our customer-driven focus, capitalise on our broad-based capabilities and better target advanced marketing and R&D opportunities.’

The creation of Integrated Defense Systems combines all the capabilities and programs formerly under Military Aircraft and Missile Systems, headquartered in St. Louis, with Space and Communications, headquartered in Seal Beach. The new unit will have operations in St. Louis, Southern California, Seattle, Houston, Huntsville, AL, the Space Coast of Florida, San Antonio, TX, and Washington, DC.

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