Boeing strengthens cyber and UAV capabilities
Company acquires cybersecurity firm, forms new UAV division
- By Nick Wakeman
- Jun 18, 2009
The Boeing Co. this week made a pair of moves to strengthen its
position as a cybersecurity player and as a provider of unmanned aerial
vehicle (UAV) systems.
The No. 2 Top 100
acquired eXMeritus of Fairfax, Va., which expands Boeing’s offerings in
the cyber and intelligence markets. Terms of the deal were not
disclosed. eXMeritus has about 30 employees.
develops hardware and software technologies for secured sharing of
information over classified and unclassified networks. It will become a
part of Boeing’s Integrated Defense Systems' Network and Space Systems
“Our military and government customers have said that
protecting vital information networks against cyber attacks is one of
the nation's highest priorities, and Boeing is responding to the call,”
Jim Albaugh, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems president and chief
executive officer, said in a statement.
In the second move,
Albaugh’s unit created a new division for UAVs. The division will
manage programs such as the A160T Hummingbird, Unmanned Little Bird and
SolarEagle. Boeing’s 2008 acquisition, Insitu Inc., manufactures the
Scan Eagle and Integrator UAV systems and will become part of the new
division, the company said.
Boeing announced the new division at the Pair Air Show this week.
new division establishes a single leadership team focused on
implementing a common strategy for unmanned airborne systems and
services, and ensures access to resources and capabilities from across
IDS,” Albaugh said.
Vic Sweberg was named director of the new division. He will report to Chris Chadwick, president of Boeing Military Aircraft.
Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.