Pulse news magazine

Volume 26, August 2019

When capability rises to discriminator

BAE Systems currently has 23 distinct capability groups – ranging from Direction Finding and Geolocation to Integration and Test Solutions – which enable us to innovate, anticipate needs, and deliver disruptive technology to our customers.

BAE Systems currently has 23 distinct capability groups – ranging from Direction Finding and Geolocation to Integration and Test Solutions – which enable us to innovate, anticipate needs, and deliver disruptive technology to our customers.

BAE Systems' products and capabilities can be found everywhere – from the seas, to the skies, to the stars. As global innovators behind game-changing defense and commercial electronics, our employees continue to push the limits of what is possible.

Why? Because customers count on BAE Systems to be capable: capable to innovate, anticipate needs, and deliver on time and on budget. To help with this, the company has numerous engineering capability groups aligned to its key markets and domains.

"Our capability groups are made up of communities of subject matter experts whose expertise are leveraged across the business to give us a competitive advantage," said Lisa Aucoin, vice president of Engineering.

But Aucoin isn't just satisfied with being capable. She and her team of more than 5,500 engineers want to position BAE Systems as a discriminator.

According to Aucoin, capability groups are created and sustained because of the talent and expertise of the company's employees – talent that comes with decades of knowledge in critical skill areas. It's this depth and breadth of knowledge and experience – paired with the fresh ideas of new employees – that allow BAE Systems to carve out a spot as front runner and enable what Aucoin calls "critical development of engineering knowledge transfer."

BAE Systems currently has 23 distinct capability groups, which range from Direction Finding and Geolocation to Integration and Test Solutions.

The Direction Finding and Geolocation Capability Group allows BAE Systems to leverage its more than 60-year history of providing industry-leading innovations in this domain to benefit business area programs based on land, air, sea, and space throughout the program lifecycle. The group's technology helps our military and commercial customers detect and locate signals of interest, giving them the necessary edge to stay out of harm's way. The capability group also holds numerous patents for its innovative solutions.

The Integration and Test Solutions Capability Group provides expertise to unite processes, methods, and techniques used to assist in product development. This group has allowed BAE Systems to converge on families of test solutions, which make our factories more efficient and better equipped to meet customer requirements. The group currently develops and supports the automated test controller suite, a solution being adopted by several programs. The suite automates integration, verification and validation, and data analysis activities to increase utilization, reduce test times, and minimize errors.

The diversity of the company's capability groups can be credited to its dedicated employees, whose knowledge and commitment to do what's best for the customer allow BAE Systems to be agile and competitive in the marketplace.

"Our capability groups are foundational to delivering mission-capable solutions to our customers while fostering a culture of engineering excellence," said Aucoin.

By Ali Flewelling, Communications, Hudson, New Hampshire