BAE's new leader foresees even better times ahead

BAE Systems’ new leader reorganizes the company to position it for growth, especially in the increasingly important cybersecurity market.

BAE Systems Inc. gained new leadership in January, when Linda Hudson, Land and Armaments Operating Group president, was elevated to company president and chief executive officer, succeeding retired Marine Corps Gen. Tony Zinni. At the same time, she was named chief operating officer of its British parent company, BAE Systems plc.

Hudson, who recently reorganized her leadership team by creating four senior vice presidents, inherited a company that racked up $2 billion in federal prime contracts in 2009, good enough for No. 15 in the 2010 Top 100 ratings.

"There is a lot of excitement. Linda is a technology-focused person," said D. Michael Bennett, whom Hudson named senior vice president of information management.

As BAE's chief information officer, Bennett is responsible for security and execution of information technology policy.

"She has got us all very excited about where we're going and the kinds of things we're doing," he said. Under her leadership, BAE Systems is "moving very, very strongly to grow in the technology areas."

BAE Systems scored several major contract wins in 2009.

Bennett cited the five-year Distributed Common Ground System award from the Navy valued at $72 million.

BAE is assisting the Navy in developing its ground communications systems by providing IT and engineering services to the ground stations that manage ship-to-shore communications.

The dollar value is relatively low, he said. But "the kind of things that it allows us to do we think will end up being a springboard to more and more work in that area," he said.

Bennett also singled out the $233 million command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) contract from the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in Charleston, S.C., where BAE Systems has a new facility.

The contract is expected to add 150 to 175 new jobs to the 400 employees at the BAE site.

"We're looking at Charleston as a real strong market for us in the technology area," Bennett said. "They've got some cyber [indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts] coming out over the next couple of months that we're very interested in as well."

Other contracts included a $325 million award from the Treasury Department for managed IT services, a successor to the Treasury Seat Management contract, which BAE Systems held for 10 years.

The award renewal was protested twice, and BAE Systems prevailed both times. "We're really just getting out of that protest process so the [work] is relatively new," Bennett said.

BAE Systems also was named to the General Services Administration's $50 billion IDIQ Alliant contract, which allows the company to bid on federal infrastructure, applications and IT management services awards.

The new leadership at BAE Systems is making significant investments in the government cybersecurity market.

"That's a growth market that everybody else is looking at but we're doing some things that other companies aren't doing," Bennett said.

As an example, he cited the company's new unclassified cyber solutions center in Columbia, Md., and the classified center now under construction in Annapolis Junction, Md. Eventually, BAE Systems will bring the two under one roof in Annapolis Junction.

The government cybersecurity market is in its infancy, Bennett said. But "we don't believe there's going to be any IT infrastructure programs going forward that won't have a significant cybersecurity or IT security component to it. So the stronger we are in that particular technology area, the more likely we are to have additional opportunities to provide IT infrastructure and other programs."

Bennett also cited readiness and sustainment as another growth market for BAE.

BAE Systems' parent company won a five-year readiness and sustainment contract last month worth about $200 million to provide avionic equipment repair support for the air forces of Britain, Germany and Spain.

"With our background and portfolio in providing platforms and also our ability in technology, we're going to be able to grow in the readiness and sustainment area, too," Bennett said. "Lots of platforms out there will need to be upgraded."

X
This website uses cookies to enhance user experience and to analyze performance and traffic on our website. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. Learn More / Do Not Sell My Personal Information
Accept Cookies
X
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Do Not Sell My Personal Information

When you visit our website, we store cookies on your browser to collect information. The information collected might relate to you, your preferences or your device, and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to and to provide a more personalized web experience. However, you can choose not to allow certain types of cookies, which may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings according to your preference. You cannot opt-out of our First Party Strictly Necessary Cookies as they are deployed in order to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting the cookie banner and remembering your settings, to log into your account, to redirect you when you log out, etc.). For more information about the First and Third Party Cookies used please follow this link.

Allow All Cookies

Manage Consent Preferences

Strictly Necessary Cookies - Always Active

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data, Targeting & Social Media Cookies

Under the California Consumer Privacy Act, you have the right to opt-out of the sale of your personal information to third parties. These cookies collect information for analytics and to personalize your experience with targeted ads. You may exercise your right to opt out of the sale of personal information by using this toggle switch. If you opt out we will not be able to offer you personalised ads and will not hand over your personal information to any third parties. Additionally, you may contact our legal department for further clarification about your rights as a California consumer by using this Exercise My Rights link

If you have enabled privacy controls on your browser (such as a plugin), we have to take that as a valid request to opt-out. Therefore we would not be able to track your activity through the web. This may affect our ability to personalize ads according to your preferences.

Targeting cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.

Social media cookies are set by a range of social media services that we have added to the site to enable you to share our content with your friends and networks. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit. If you do not allow these cookies you may not be able to use or see these sharing tools.

If you want to opt out of all of our lead reports and lists, please submit a privacy request at our Do Not Sell page.

Save Settings
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Cookie List

A cookie is a small piece of data (text file) that a website – when visited by a user – asks your browser to store on your device in order to remember information about you, such as your language preference or login information. Those cookies are set by us and called first-party cookies. We also use third-party cookies – which are cookies from a domain different than the domain of the website you are visiting – for our advertising and marketing efforts. More specifically, we use cookies and other tracking technologies for the following purposes:

Strictly Necessary Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Functional Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Performance Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Social Media Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Targeting Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.