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FIA Mission Integration and Development (MIND)

On 27 April 1999 Raytheon Company was awarded a contract by the NRO to develop and integrate the ground infrastructure portion of the Future Imagery Architecture. This program, known as the Mission Integration and Development (MIND) Program, was to extend from 1999 through 2013, plus two one-year options for additional operations and maintenance. A key objective of the MIND team was to provide the NRO with a state-of-the-art Intelligence Infrastructure as it entered the 21st century - combining numerous space and ground components into one integrated system. This infrastructure was to equip intelligence providers and users with effective and timely access to systems and information from NRO mission areas.

Raytheon, with support from its teammates Lockheed Martin, SAIC and GDE, was responsible for the MIND development, total system architecture integration and test, and system operations and maintenance. The contract, awarded to Raytheon Systems Company's Imagery and Geospatial Systems Division, was performed primarily at its Garland, Texas, and Reston, Va., operations, and at Lockheed Martin's Valley Forge, Pa., and San Jose, Calif., operations.

The Operations and Maintenance Integrated Product Team (O&M IPT) supports life-cycle operation and maintenance of the Mission Integration and Development (MIND) program. This IPT supports the MIND development IPT to ensure that developed systems and solutions can be operated and maintained within the fixed price budget for the MIND program lifecycle while meeting all program performance requirements. The Mission Specialist (MS) executes software processes in support of MIND mission operations. The Mission Specialist (MS) provides front line analysis, execution, and planning for all mission tasks, activities, and functions. These tasks include error reporting, reviewing logs, data analysis, database queries, application management and manual database updates. There is also a great deal of coordination from the MS to external customers.

The Mission Integration and Development (FIA/MIND) program at Raytheon developed an integrated system and future imagery architecture for a large multi-element space and ground system. On 15 December 2003 the Mission Integration and Development -- the ground element for the Future Imagery Architecture -- began operations, on time and on budget. MIND uses internet protocols [HTML, CGI, utilities, TCP/IP, Java 1, Graphic Java, etc, ] and commercial off-the-shelf [COTS] hardware -- NT systems as well as Cisco routers and hubs, -- to enable users to access and manipulate information. Using MIND, imagery can be fused with other types of intelligence.

The MIND Technical Subcontract Manager (TSM) for the Raytheon MIND program is a technical expert that is responsible for leading and managing the technical aspects of the MIND FPGA subcontract. The MIND TSM serves as the single point of contact that owns the technical content of the subcontract, spanning hardware, software, and systems. For this position, candidates needed extensive knowledge of FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays).

Responsibilities for the MIND TSM include:

  • Developing the technical specifications for the subcontractor
  • Conducting technical reviews and assessments
  • Supporting the identification and evaluation of subcontract technical risks and mitigation approaches
  • Reviewing subcontract deliverables
  • Maintaining frequent interface with corresponding subcontractor technical representative
  • Providing subcontractor technical status to program management

With offices in the Mid-Atlantic, Texas, California, and other locations, the MIND program is responsible for integrating numerous space- and ground-based systems and providing a state-of-the-art infrastructure that can easily add new capabilities.

Each year, Lockheed Martin honors a select few of the Corporation's 135,000 employees who have made outstanding contributions in fulfilling company missions and objectives. These individuals and teams are awarded Lockheed Martin's highest honor -The NOVA Award. In 2005 the Mission INtegration and Development (MIND) Team at Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems & Solutions was awarded the NOVA Award for TEAMWORK "For successfully achieving every milestone on the Mission INtegration and Development program since it began 6 years ago and earning the reputation as a "model program" because of its substantial cost underruns."

In late 2006 Raytheon Company's Mission Integration and Development (MIND) program was selected as one of the Department of Defense's (DoD) Top 5 Program Award recipients. The MIND program team was selected for the strong processes and oversight related to overall program management and engineering of its development, integration, operation, and maintenance of the National Reconnaissance Office's (NRO) future architecture. The selection committee was composed of government and industry judges. The National Defense Industrial Association presented the Top 5 DoD Program Award to Raytheon and the NRO MIND team at the association's annual Systems Engineering Conference in San Diego 25 October 2006.

"The MIND program continues to have a strong partnership with the NRO in meeting programmatic and technical objectives," said Jane Chappell, vice president of Strategic Intelligence Systems for Raytheon's Intelligence and Information System business. "We continue to provide the NRO a key technology enabler for its strategic framework."

Raytheon IIS, with 2005 sales of $2.5 billion, is a leading provider of information and intelligence solutions to the government. IIS provides the right knowledge at the right time to enable its customers to make timely and accurate decisions of national significance. Raytheon Company, with 2005 sales of $21.9 billion, is an industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 80,000 people worldwide.




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