Wallis Laughrey, VP for Raytheon, Space Systems

Wallis Laughrey is vice president of Space Systems, a mission area within Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems. A member of the SAS leadership team, he oversees all Space Systems programs, developing the organization’s vision, strategy and plans. Raytheon Company, with 2018 sales of $27 billion and 67,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 97 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5ITM products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems is a leading provider of integrated sensor, communication and electronic warfare systems giving military forces accurate and timely actionable information for the network-centric battlefield. With a workforce of more than 13,500 and 2018 sales of $6.7 billion, SAS is headquartered in McKinney, Texas, with operations across the U.S. and internationally.

Space Systems is a global leader for space-enabled information solutions for defense, civil and commercial applications. Key technologies include electro-optical, infrared and radar-based payloads systems. Programs include the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite, Space Tracking and Surveillance System sensors, advanced missile warning technology and various classified efforts.

Prior to his role at Space Systems, Mr. Laughrey was SAS vice president and deputy, Advanced Concepts and Technology. He continues to collaborate with ACT in the development and implementation of new and emerging system concepts, products and strategic technologies that position SAS for future programs and architected a $12B future resilient MILSATCOM enterprise architecture.

Prior to Raytheon, Mr. Laughrey was director, Strike Systems Advanced Development, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. He was responsible for leading strategy and business development teams in growing two diverse portfolios. Mr. Laughrey held a number of program and functional positions, each with increasing levels of responsibility.

Prior to Northrop Grumman, Mr. Laughrey was program manager, Raytheon SAS, overseeing a family of products employed on the E2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. He led the development and delivery of five flight units through subsystem and aircraft level integration and test in less than two years.

After graduating from the United States Air Force Academy, Mr. Laughrey served in a number of different roles and organizations within Air Force Space Command and Air Force Materiel Command.

Mr. Laughrey holds memberships in the Air Force Association, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and National Defense Industrial Association professional organizations.

Mr. Laughrey earned a bachelor’s degree from the United States Air Force Academy, master’s degrees in public administration and product development engineering from the University of Colorado and the University of Southern California, respectively. He has also earned a certificate in advanced project management from Stanford University.

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