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World War One saw crucial breakthroughs in radio technology and the development of skills such as Codebreaking and the encryption of telecommunications, which proved crucial to the Allied victory. These breakthroughs helped to lay the foundations for the establishment of Bletchley Park and the development of Codebreaking techniques that would herald the beginning of the computer age.

The exhibition also reflects BAE Systems’ own heritage, including historic predecessor companies such as the Marconi Company, which played a leading role in the development of modern telecommunications. During the World War One, the wireless radio technology developed by Marconi was an essential part of the War at sea, helping the Royal Navy to coordinate its activity and maintain the upper hand.

BAE Systems continues to build upon this heritage today with the work of BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, which is developing ground breaking solutions to help both nation states and private companies to operate safely and successfully in the modern, hyper-connected world. Where 100 years ago Marconi helped the British Government to embrace the emergence of modern communications, today BAE Systems Applied Intelligence continues to work at the cutting edge of technology as it helps its clients to respond to the growing threats presented by digital criminality, and enables them to take full advantage of the business opportunities presented by digital communications.

Martin Sutherland, Managing Director, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence said:

“The skills and technologies first developed during World War One have played a pivotal role in the development of techniques that have been at the heart of our national security ever since. It is therefore fitting that, as we honour all those who took part in the war, we recognise the key role played by the early pioneers of modern communications and intelligence.

“We are absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to sponsor this exhibition, especially given the part that these pioneers played in our own history as well. The work that we do today, such as providing secure IT systems and threat intelligence, which helps protecting the Government and critical national infrastructure from increasingly sophisticated and pervasive cyber threats, would not be possible without the breakthroughs made during World War One.”

BAE Systems is co-sponsoring the World War One Exhibition at Bletchley Park with Ultra Electronics. The announcement follows the visit to Bletchley Park by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge last week to mark the completion of the first stage of the restoration project. The new exhibition will open in May 2015 in Bletchley Park’s new visitor centre, and will enable visitors to learn about the origins of signals intelligence during the First World War.

Iain Standen, CEO of Bletchley Park Trust, said:

"As part of the ongoing restoration and development of Bletchley Park, we are delighted to partner with BAE Systems Applied Intelligence and Ultra Electronics on this new and exciting exhibition about the origins of British Signals Intelligence. The exhibition will highlight its influence on World War One and how the skills developed laid the foundations for the work that was carried out at Bletchley Park during World War Two. Without sponsorship the exhibition would not have been possible and we look forward to working with our corporate partners to bring the exhibition to life for our visitors in May 2015."

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About BAE Systems and BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

At BAE Systems, we serve the needs of our customers by delivering a wide range of advanced defence, aerospace and security solutions that provide a performance edge.  We work together with local partners to develop, engineer, manufacture and support the innovations that increase defence sovereignty, sustain economies and safeguard commercial interests.  With some 84,600 employees in six continents, we are committed to creating solutions that protect and strengthen nations, commerce, communities and people.

BAE Systems Applied Intelligence is a business division of BAE Systems that delivers solutions that help clients to protect and enhance their critical assets in the intelligence age. Our intelligent protection solutions combine large-scale data exploitation, ‘intelligence-grade’ security and complex services and solutions integration. We operate in four key domains of expertise: cyber security, financial crime, communications intelligence and digital transformation.

Leading enterprises and government departments use our solutions to protect and enhance their physical infrastructure, mission-critical systems, valuable intellectual property, corporate information, reputation and customer relationships, competitive advantage and financial success.

For further information about BAE Systems Applied Intelligence – and our Digital Transformation services, please visit www.baesystems.com/ai