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Exploring Raytheon's Role in Defense Shipbuilding & Maritime Industry
Tour & Leadership Chat with Randy Brandenburg & Wade Knudson
8:30 to 9:30 am - Overview of Raytheon Seapower Capabilities Systems, Q & A
9:30 to 10 am - Tour
Address: 1847 West Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI.
Directions: Once on campus, folks should go past the guard shack, straight through the stop sign and up the hill towards the Nimitz building at the top of the hill with the flag poles out front. Park anywhere in the main lot. Enter the Nimitz building at the main lobby near the flag poles. Once inside you will need a valid ID to be badged by their security team. Christopher Lanen will be there to escort the group to the conference room once every one has arrived.
Randy Brandenburg, Product Line Director, Undersea Programs
Randy Brandenburg is Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems’ senior director of Undersea Systems. He is primarily responsible for the growth and execution of the company’s portfolio of undersea surveillance, mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare, submarine combat systems and undersea effector solutions and support services for both U.S. and international navies. Significant programs in his portfolio include AN/AQS-22 Airborne Low-Frequency Sonar (ALFS), AN/ASQ-235 Airborne Mine Neutralization program (AMNS), AN/AQS-20 Mine Hunting Sonar, support to the Turkish New Type Submarine Project (NTSP), lightweight and heavyweight torpedo production, fleet services, and the ProSAS synthetic aperture sonar product line.
Brandenburg joined Raytheon in 1993 and has held engineering, program management and leadership positions throughout his career. He also led several key new business pursuits, both domestic and international.
Notably, Brandenburg was the system development program lead for the U.S. Space Command’s Air and Space Operations and Surveillance Systems modernization and upgrade program; the director of a cross-discipline, multi-national team developing an air traffic control automation subsystem for the Commonwealth of Australia; and engineering/project manager working software systems development through testing of space based assets and satellite command and control for the Strategic Defense Initiative.
For a three-year period, Brandenburg left the company to assume an executive position with the Boston Globe’s online media site, Boston.com, serving as vice president of Product Development and Technology.
He returned to Raytheon in 2004 and led the software development efforts for one of Integrated Defense Systems’ largest programs, the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer program, transitioning through a number of roles starting as the Command and Control (C2) IPT lead, to the software release manager and finally ending as deputy director of all software.
In 2009, Brandenburg served in a new business development capacity focusing on emerging naval and maritime opportunities in the Middle East and South Asia.
In 2011, Brandenburg assumed responsibility of Seapower’s Integrated Mission Systems product line where he was responsible for the growth and execution of the company’s portfolio of surface warfare combat systems, sensor networks, integrated ship system solutions and support services for both U.S. and international navies. Significant programs in his portfolio include DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class, Ship Self Defense System (SSDS), and the Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC). He also served in the role of mission center executive for Raytheon’s San Diego site.
Brandenburg has gained significant experience in leading large and small, complex programs and geographically dispersed program teams. He also has a history of strong performance in the successful management of a broad base of industry subcontractor and global supplier partners.
Brandenburg earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering mechanics from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a master’s degree (MBA) from Babson College. He is a graduate of Raytheon IDS’ Strategic Development Program, Principles of Program Leadership and Raytheon’s Executive Leadership Summit.
Wade Knudson, Product Line Director, DDG 1000 Destroyer Program
Wade E. Knudson is Total Ship Mission Systems Program Area Director at Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN). In this role he leads the team responsible for design, development, integration and test of the ZUMWALT Class Combat System and growing the Global Ship Integration business. Raytheon Company, with 2014 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security, and civil markets throughout the world. Raytheon’s global headquarters is in Waltham, MA.
Knudson joined Raytheon in 2011 as a member of the Network Centric Systems’ engineering team and then as a member of Integrated Defense Systems Advanced Technology. In these roles he assisted in the strategic direction, leadership, and integration of engineering and technology into program execution, strategy, and business development organizations.
Prior to joining Raytheon, Knudson completed a 27 -year Navy career where he held a wide range of leadership positions. He served as military assistant to the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics and subsequent assignment as the executive assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition.
Knudson served as deputy program executive officer and program manager for the $300 billion F-35 Lightening II Program. He also served as commanding officer of VX-30 in Point Mugu, CA.
He was the deputy program manager for air-to-air missiles in PMA-259 at NAVAIR where he helped lead the $500M AIM-9X EMD Program. He also served as the chief flight instructor at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, MD and as director of Strike Weapons Division in Point Mugu, CA.
A native of Colorado, Knudson graduated with merit from the U.S. Naval Academy. He performed graduate work at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School where he earned a master’s degree in astronautical engineering and an Engineer’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering. He also attended Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, and the ESADE School of Business, Barcelona, Spain where he earned global executive master’s degrees in business administration.
Knudson is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and the Defense Acquisition University’s Program Manager’s Course.