Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems Achieves CMMI-DEV Level 5 Rating

Raytheon Co.'s Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business has achieved a Capability Maturity Model Integration for Development (CMMI-DEV) Maturity Level 5.

"This is a signature accomplishment achieved by our engineering, integrated supply chain, quality and integrated business teams," said Mike Del Checcolo, vice president, IDS Engineering. "Bottom line, this translates to excellence in execution of our processes, which boosts customer confidence in our ability to predictably deliver high quality and on-time systems."

The newest version of the Standard CMMI Appraisal Model of Process Improvement assessed IDS' processes and procedures. A team of appraisers spent nearly three weeks at Raytheon IDS reviewing documents and interviewing engineers, project leaders and program managers. In 2008 IDS achieved Level 5 for its software and hardware engineering processes and systems.

A CMMI-DEV Level 5 rating is a business discriminator for IDS," added Del Checcolo. "The Level 5 rating means we have mature processes and the discipline to use them consistently across our programs."

The CMMI model measures business process maturity levels and provides Raytheon customers with a way to assess risks and determine the level of process maturity a company has achieved. It helps them predict performance, and CMMI maturity level ratings are often a prerequisite or discriminator for companies bidding on defense contracts.

Raytheon Co., with 2010 sales of $25 billion, specializes in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. The company provides electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.

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