Raytheon holds 5 million training events, saves $400 million
OREANDA-NEWS. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) in partnership with the U.S. Army has held five million training events while saving $400 million in costs on the Warfighter Field Operations Customer Support (FOCUS) contract since 2008.
Raytheon leads the Warrior Training Alliance (WTA), a team of more than 150 companies that conducts training and provides global sustainment services for the U.S. Army. That includes 92 digital training ranges and more than 250,000 training aids, devices, simulators and simulations.
"Reaching these unprecedented milestones was only possible as a result of the investments Raytheon has made in information systems, technology and logistics capabilities; our partnership with the WTA companies; and our domain knowledge as one of the Department of Defense's largest training partners," said Dave Wajsgras, president of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS).
Raytheon has demonstrated through the Warfighter FOCUS program that training can be effectively and competitively delivered using an integrator model, Wajsgras added. "And we are very proud that 32 cents of every dollar spent on this contract has gone to small businesses," he said.
The milestone of five million training events was reached in August, and included soldiers who were trained on the Army's digital ranges, as well as in Combat Training Centers, posts and stations around the world. The $400 million in savings was achieved by eliminating redundancies, cross-leveling resources, and cross-training personnel on maintaining and operating the Army's training aids, devices, simulators and simulations.
The company also helped to make training support more predictable and collaborative by developing and deploying its Automated Toolset for Lifecycle Activities and Services Management Information System (ATLAS MIS). ATLAS MIS tracks more than 30 million Army spare and repair parts every day, while linking more than 6,000 users across 400 sites around the world with the same real-time, metric-driven information to provide accurate program situational awareness.
The recent NATO Exercise Swift Response 15 was directly supported by the Raytheon-led WTA. This exercise included the largest airborne drills held in Europe since end of the Cold War, with more than 5,000 troops from 11 NATO allies taking part in exercises across Germany, Italy, Bulgaria and Romania. A high point of the exercise came on Aug. 26 when more than 1,000 paratroopers executed a simulated combat airborne assault at the Hohenfels training area in Germany. The WTA provides life-cycle maintenance, operations and sustainment at Hohenfels.
Raytheon Company, with 2014 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 93 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cybersecurity and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass.