Raytheon – Intelligence & Information Systems (IIS)

Mostly classified Garland Raytheon unit turning to commercial fields

12:00 AM CDT on Monday, July 21, 2008

By VICTOR GODINEZ / The Dallas Morning News
It’s hard to keep a $2.7 billion business with 9,000 employees a secret, but Raytheon’s Garland-based Intelligence and Information Systems division comes pretty close.

MIKE STONE/Special Contributor

MIKE STONE/Special Contributor

Michael Keebaugh, chief of Raytheon’s Garland division, sees interest in data security growing because of the threat from foreign governments and organized crime.

The IIS division is essentially a technology outsourcing firm like Electronic Data Systems Corp. but does most of its work for the U.S. military and other federal agencies, providing tech support for computer networks, GPS satellites, unmanned aerial vehicles and other items for a variety of classified clients.

In fact, half of IIS’ work is classified.

”We’re basically an IT company for the government and intelligence community,” said Michael Keebaugh, division president.

That may not be true for much longer, though, as the division is beginning an ambitious initiative to court commercial customers.

Analysts say there are opportunities, but also challenges that the IIS division generally doesn’t have to deal with in the government realm.

Mr. Keebaugh said embracing commercial clients is a necessity because federal defense spending is slowing after the post-Sept. 11 surge.

”There’s not that much difference driven by the political party in power,” he said. ”It’s more driven by events.”

IIS’ revenue grew about 8 percent last year, which Mr. Keebaugh expects to be higher this year.

To boost sales, the division has made large acquisitions and plans more.

One area in which IIS hopes to take advantage of its military expertise is data security.

In the last year, IIS bought two firms – SI Government Solutions and Oakley Networks – that specialize in software security.

”If you look at the No. 1 threat for the 21st century, it’s cyber-security,” Mr. Keebaugh said.

But Ben Trowbridge, chief executive of Dallas-based Alsbridge Inc., which advises companies on picking outsourcing partners, said IIS could have a tough time making security the centerpiece of its commercial business.

”It’s like eating crawfish,” Mr. Trowbridge said. ”It tastes good, but you better have some potatoes or you’re going to starve.”

Mr. Keebaugh acknowledged that many companies currently see data security as an ”insurance policy.”

But he said interest in the field will grow because identity theft and network penetrations are increasingly the domain of foreign governments and organized crime rather than bored teenage hackers.

Mr. Trowbridge said that even if the cyber-security arena doesn’t take off for IIS, it has plenty of opportunities in the commercial field.

”I think they could be interesting in the space,” he said.

But IIS will have to be a bit leaner and meaner than government customers typically expect.

In work with the military, the focus is on implementing technology to complete a mission, with a secondary focus on cutting costs or using standardized, interoperable platforms.

”Over a period of time, we’ve had to change our culture to become more competitive,” Mr. Keebaugh said.

And there’s plenty of competition.

Despite the high-profile purchase of EDS by Hewlett-Packard Co., the reality is that there are more options than ever for companies looking to outsource their IT functions, Mr. Trowbridge said.

”Five years ago, we probably had 150, 175 outsourcers in the database space,” he said. ”Now there are over 400. There’s just a lot of competition in the space, both from India and onshore, lots of niche providers now.”

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The David Icke Newsletter, March 2nd 2008

THE ‘INTELLECT’ …

… PRISON OF THE MIND

Hello all …

I spoke at Oxford University this week, or more accurately the Oxford Union, a debating society founded in 1823 and both the breeding ground and stage for many leading politicians of the last 185 years.

Five British Prime Ministers have been officers of the Union – Gladstone, Lord Salisbury, Herbert Asquith, Harold Macmillan and Edward Heath – and a long list of government ministers and other politicians, including Benazir Bhutto, the assassinated former Prime Minister of Pakistan, who was the Union President in 1977.

I can see why so many politicians emerge from its ranks. I remember the first time I debated there in 1989 as a national spokesman for the British Green Party and realised that the student members of the Union draw lots to see if they will speak for or against the motion in question.

It doesn’t matter if they believe in the stance they have been drawn to take. Their job is to passionately ’sell’ their often manufactured beliefs and I was amazed at how well they do it. So, of course, this creates a wonderful training programme for would-be politicians who then go off to Parliament to lie, mislead and speak in favour of things they don’t even support.

I would find it impossible to do that, which makes me a crap politician – thank goodness. The words would stick in my throat if I even attempted it. There is such a difference between seeing another’s point of view and robustly advocating what you don’t agree with, but some of these guys do it so convincingly.

The Oxford Union debating hall

The Union has attracted the leading British politicians of their day to speak in their debates, but also the high and mighty from overseas, including: US Presidents, Reagan, Nixon and Carter; former secretary of State and Illuminati front-man, Henry Kissinger; and Robert Kennedy, the assassinated brother of JFK. South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama and even Kermit the Frog have also appeared and so has Michael Jackson.

I have debated there a few times and this week I was asked to present my information about how the few control the many with the goal of a global fascist dictatorship. There were some open people who turned up, but I found once again, as I have every other time at Oxford and Cambridge, that the intellect, left to itself, is a prison of the mind.

When I was thinking about how best to present the information at the world’s most prestigious university I found myself going through the apparently bizarre process of leaving out certain areas and concepts because I knew it would be too much for the intellect alone to take. Instead, I honed it down into sort of baby steps.

What? Baby steps at the home of the intellectual ‘elite’ when at events like the Brixton Academy I can just go with everything to an audience of the ‘general public’ of all ages, races and backgrounds, most of whom will never have seen the inside of a university, let alone Oxford??

How come? Intellect, that’s how come.

The ‘Intellect’ the Prison of the Mind – David Icke