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IAB Members

The Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) consists of representatives from leading defense manufacturers including Boeing, Rockwell Collins, Honeywell, ITT, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman. This group is facilitated by ACI and holds regular teleconferences and in person meetings. The purpose of the IAB is to ensure continuous two-way communication about electronics manufacturing and technology issues as well as to seek collaboration opportunities to mitigate risk. Through the IAB, issues from the defense electronics manufacturers can be voiced for Navy awareness and program consideration. Conversely, the IAB provides a forum for Navy needs and issues to be communicated to the defense manufacturers. In addition, solutions to common industry issues can be coordinated and collaborations can be established amongst the defense electronics manufacturers to optimize issue resolution.

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BAE Systems


BAE Systems Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems plc, an international company engaged in the development, delivery and support of advanced defense and aerospace systems in the air, on land, at sea and in space. Headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, BAE Systems, Inc. employs some 45,000 employees in the US, UK, Sweden, Israel and South Africa generating annual sales in excess of $10 billion. BAE Systems Inc. consists of three operating groups that provide support and service solutions for current and future defense, intelligence, and civilian systems; design, develop and manufacture a wide range of electronic systems and subsystems for both military and commercial applications; and design, develop, produce, and provide service support of armored combat vehicles, artillery systems and intelligent munitions.

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With a heritage that mirrors the first 100 years of flight, The Boeing Company provides products and services to customers in 145 countries. Boeing has been the premier manufacturer of commercial jetliners for more than 40 years and is a global market leader in military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services. Total company revenues for 2003 were $50.5 billion.

Boeing continues to expand its product line and develop new technologies to meet customer needs. Creating new models for its family of commercial airplanes; developing, producing, supporting and modifying aircraft for the U.S. military; building launch vehicles capable of lifting more than 14 tons into orbit; and improving communications for people around the world through an advanced network of satellites, Boeing is carrying forward a long tradition of technical excellence and innovation.

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Honeywell is a diversified technology and manufacturing leader of aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; power generation systems; specialty chemicals; fibers; plastics and advanced materials.

The company is committed to providing quality products, integrated system solutions and services to customers around the world. Honeywell products touch the lives of most people everyday, whether you’re flying on a plane, driving a car, heating or cooling a home, furnishing an apartment, taking medication for an illness or playing a sport.

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ITT Industries


We’re proud of our heritage as a world leader in engineering and manufacturing, and especially proud of the 39,000 ITT Industries employees around the world who bring their own diligence and expertise to meet the needs of our customers. You’ll find many examples of their successes on our website.

We provide products and services in many markets, including equipment for water and wastewater treatment and industrial processes, defense electronics and services, electronic components such as connectors and switches and a wide range of other industrial products. We’re constantly setting new standards for reliability, with services, products and systems that help people and the environment in important ways around the world.

When we make something at ITT Industries, it’s truly engineered for life.

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Lockheed Martin


Lockheed Martin Corporation, an advanced technology company, was formed in March 1995 with the merger of two of the world’s premier technology companies, Lockheed Corporation and Martin Marietta Corporation.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin employs about 130,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture and integration of advanced technology systems, products and services.

As a lead systems integrator and information technology company, nearly 80% of Lockheed Martin’s business is with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. federal government agencies. In fact, Lockheed Martin is the largest provider of IT services, systems integration, and training to the U.S. Government. The remaining portion of Lockheed Martin’s business is comprised of international government and some commercial sales of our products, services and platforms.

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Northrop Grumman Corporation


Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding and space technology. With 125,000 employees, and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.

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Raytheon is an industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information technology, technical services, and business aviation and special mission aircraft providing integrated mission systems to meet the critical defense and non-defense needs of its customers.

Throughout its more than 80-year history, Raytheon Company has been a leader in developing defense technologies and in converting those technologies for use in commercial markets. From its early days as a maker of radio tubes, its adaptation of World War II radar technology to invent microwave cooking, and its development of the first guided missile, Raytheon has successfully built upon its pioneering tradition to become a global technology leader.

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Rockwell Collins


Since its founding as Collins Radio in 1933, Rockwell Collins and its products have been recognized for distinctive quality and state-of-the-art technology. Collins Radio Company, founded by Arthur Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, initially designed and produced short wave radio equipment. The company steadily grew, and captured the world’s attention when Collins supplied the equipment to establish a communications link with the South Pole expedition of Rear Admiral Richard Byrd in 1933.

Rockwell Collins-brand aircraft electronics are installed in the cockpits of nearly every airline in the world and its airborne and ground-based communication systems transmit nearly 70 percent of all U.S. and allied military airborne communication.

The next century of flight presents significant opportunities and challenges for improving flight operations, efficiency and safety through developments in aviation electronics. Rockwell Collins is addressing these challenges by creating the most trusted source of communication and aviation electronic solutions.

Let’s Collaborate

The EMPF receives invaluable guidance from its Industrial Advisory Board, which consists of representatives from major Defense manufacturers. The Board provides important feedback to ACI ensuring that the key electronics manufacturing issues are identified, documented, and represented on the research agenda of the Center. This ongoing joint Industry/DoD participation is the cornerstone of the successful EMPF model.

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