Raytheon completes office expansion

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Bob Damen, Raytheon's head of business development in Augusta, said the three-person operation is expected to grow to more than a dozen in the coming years.

One of the oldest military contractors in Augusta is more than tripling in size to expand its range of services to the U.S. Army Cyber Command operations relocating to Fort Gordon.

Raytheon Co. said this week it has completed expanding its office in the Augusta Corporate Center at 2743 Perimeter Parkway from 1,400 square feet to more than 5,000 square feet to accommodate more cyber and engineering personnel.

The three-person operation is expected to grow to more than a dozen in the coming years as the Army adds nearly 4,000 military, civilian and contractor jobs to the fort’s workforce by 2019, said Bob Damen, Raytheon’s head of business development in Augusta.

“The cyber and intelligence missions at the post are really driving us to shift our model from that of a business presence to more of a hands-on engineering presence here,” Damen
said.

The Waltham, Mass.-based company noted Fort Gordon is one of only a few military installations projected to grow over the next few years.

“Building our presence in Augusta will allow us to be in very close proximity to the Army’s new Cyber Center of Excellence, putting us in a better position to partner with them,” Jack Harrington, Raytheon vice president of Cybersecurity and Special Missions, said in a
statement.

The Augusta office was opened more than 30 years ago, primarily to support the fort’s Army Signal Regiment, Damen said. The company’s communications business is more of a product-based model, whereas the cyber and intelligence business is more information- and knowledge-based, requiring the company to house its employees close to the client.

The employees who will be working in the new space will likely have advanced degrees in computer science.

“We’re actually changing the nature of what we have from the business-oriented to engineering-orients,” he said.

In addition to unmanned aerial control systems, the $23 billion company makes several software radio and digital communication systems for the military.

By Damon Cline Thu, Aug 18, 2016 @ 1:03 am