Pulse news magazine

Volume 30, September 2020

The HEAT is always on in San Diego

Electronic Systems’ San Diego campus

Our San Diego site is known for its geospatial intelligence experts, software development capabilities, and history of community involvement. Learn what makes this site special and how our employees are turning up the HEAT on the West Coast.

BAE Systems’ San Diego roots date back to 1961, when General Dynamics established its campus within the Kearny Mesa community. Originally an electronics manufacturing business, the site transitioned to primarily software and mission applications in the 80s and 90s. It became BAE Systems — following a series of mergers and acquisitions — in 1999.

Human Capital

Glen Fisher, a 48-year San Diego employee. After graduating with his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Arizona State University, Glen Fisher joined the former General Dynamics Electronics Division in Kearny Mesa, a community in the central part of San Diego.

“I have been blessed to work on a number of very interesting and challenging programs over my career in San Diego. When I was hired in 1972, I was told I’d enjoy the work but likely would not want to spend my career with the company. Since then, the company has of course morphed through sales and acquisitions to our present company, during which time I have been privileged to be a part of many incredible teams.”

After 48 years of engaging projects related to aircraft including the F-16 fighter, B-2 stealth bomber, F-2 fighter, and many others, Glen will retire from BAE Systems in September. Congratulations for your dedication!

While Glen holds the longest tenure in San Diego, there are four additional employees — Linda Aeschleman, Trinidad Garcia, Donna Jenkins, and Howard Stark — who have impressive terms of more than 43 years. Thank you all for your work and commitment!

External Focus

San Diego has a long history of giving back to the community. As we look to the future and finding ways to improve lives and advance careers for young people, veterans, and underrepresented populations through the power of innovative technology and experiences, San Diego has many exciting connections:

  • Electronic Systems’ Tech Power program helps engineers at San Diego State University use technology to aid and improve the quality of life for those who have served our country.
  • Women in STEM and our Women’s Inclusive Network Employee Resource Group are working with Bear Valley Middle School to provide technical presentations and product demonstrations to young women.
  • Operation Homefront is a long-time partner with the site. Last year, the Big Wheels for Little Warriors bike drive provided 430+ bikes to military children.
  • Employees donate hundreds of hours of volunteer time a year to FIRST® and of the 35+ teams they mentored, all qualified to advance to the FIRST® World Championship.

For more information on San Diego community involvement or to get involved in our Tech Power partnership, contact es.community@baesystems.com.

Achieving Operational Excellence

At the heart of San Diego are the software engineers who design geospatial products and solutions for commercial and government agencies. The San Diego Business Center’s vision is to become the ES Center of Excellence in software development. It provides agile development expertise in development, security, and operations with a focus on application software, human-machine interfaces, big data analytics, and cloud deployment. A future plan is to extend agile development methodologies to more hardware intensive systems, a significant discriminator for San Diego and ES. 

Nghiem Le, a San Diego employee who supports our C4ISRS business. Congratulations to the San Diego site for their recent recertification of ISO9001 – marking 26 years with no findings. The San Diego team was the first BAE Systems unit to achieve Level 5 CMMI in 2003 and one of 750 companies worldwide to earn this distinction. A number of factors went into this long string of audit success, including adherence to Capability Maturity Model Integration. The CMMI level 5 rating is indicative of a proven set of global best practices that drives business performance through building and benchmarking key capabilities.

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Real-time mission planning

Real-time mission planning

A market leader in auto routing and Air Force planning and optimization, the site supports pilots with pre-mission planning for bombers, large cargo air refueling aircraft, manned and unmanned intelligence, and surveillance vehicles. Recent new mission management offers real-time support in the cockpit, similar to navigation apps in cars. We’re optimizing routing, sensors, and weapons to address pop-up threats and new targets that appear on the battlefield.

Geospatial eXploitation Products™ software

GXP® software enables development of the most advanced geospatial intelligence through rapid discovery, exploitation, and dissemination of mission-critical geospatial data. Advanced geospatial solutions support rapid visualization of geospatial and temporal data from disparate sources into a multi-INT common intelligence picture.

Distributed Common Ground System Drop 2 Program

Today’s soldiers work in a complex environment that requires rapid access to data and analytics on the battlefield. San Diego is advancing ISR analytic capabilities into the commercial market with its DCGS-A Capability Drop 2 contract win. Our analytics systems and space ground solutions are making enterprise information systems more agile, allowing them to rapidly accept new information sources and transform that data to support advanced algorithms.