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BAE SYSTEMS Achieves World-Class Systems/Software Rating

08 Jan 2004

BAE Systems North America has achieved a level of systems and software engineering maturity matched by only 13 organisations worldwide.

The Level 5 Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) rating was awarded to BAE Systems Mission Solutions, San Diego, California, and BAE Systems Integrated Systems, Reston, Virginia, by the Software Engineering Institute Dec. 17. Level 5 is the highest SEI rating, and indicates that the two business units are operating at the Optimising Level in its systems and software development processes.

This is a tremendous achievement for our organisation, said Marshall Banker, president, BAE Systems Information Systems Sector. BAE Systems increasingly uses mature systems and software engineering processes to leverage domain expertise and best practices, reduce defects, improve productivity, and enhance overall competitiveness. We are continuously improving in order to maintain our status as a premiere developer and integrator of large complex systems and software intensive systems for our government and commercial customers. This achievement reflects the high maturity level of our development processes and, in particular, our ability to systematically refine our processes and the products we produce.

Capability Maturity Model Integration was developed by a coalition of industry, government and the Software Engineering Institute to objectively appraise the full range of an organisations engineering capabilities.

Bob Stow, BAE Systems North America vice president for engineering and technology said, This is a major milestone within the company-wide CMMI process improvement initiative to achieve world-class capability in systems, software, and program management. Significant productivity improvements have and will continue to be realised throughout the company as a result of this initiative.

The Software Productivity Consortium, Herndon, Viginia, a non-profit partnership of industry, government, and academia, conducted the three-week independent assessment. A team of seven appraisers reviewed BAE Systems documented processes, and interviewed all levels of systems practitioners, software developers and company management.

BAE Systems is known throughout the systems and software engineering industry for setting an extremely high bar in the way it defines and implements process improvement frameworks, said Al Truesdale, Software Productivity Consortium Lead Appraiser. Given the companys widespread adoption of uniformly high levels of mature systems and software engineering practices, it's clear that BAE Systems maintains an enterprise-wide focus in instilling the common use of best practices throughout its operating units.


BAE Systems is an international company engaged in the development, delivery, and support of advanced defence and aerospace systems in the air, on land, at sea, and in space.

The company designs, manufactures, and supports military aircraft, surface ships, submarines, radar, avionics, communications, electronics, and guided weapon systems. It is a pioneer in technology with a heritage stretching back hundreds of years. It is at the forefront of innovation, working to develop the next generation of intelligent defence systems.

BAE Systems has major operations across five continents and customers in some 130 countries. The company employs more than 90,000 people and generates annual sales of approximately 12 billion through its wholly owned and joint-venture operations.

BAE Systems North America is a high-technology U.S. company employing more than 25,000 people who live and work in some 30 states, the District of Columbia, and the United Kingdom. The company is dedicated to solving its customers needs with highly innovative and leading edge solutions across the defence electronics, systems, information technology, and services arenas.

BAE Systems Information Systems Sector, part of BAE Systems North America, provides information technology systems and services to the intelligence and military communities as well as geospatial products for commercial use. Information Systems continues to be the industry leader in developing high-quality image exploitation and archiving systems for stereo photogrammetry, photointerpretation, mapping, charting and geodesy (MC&G) applications and specialises in the design and integration of large, distributed, network-based computing, archive and dissemination systems. The sector also provides unsurpassed, automated systems for supporting the full spectrum of battle management, mission planning, and force execution objectives and is a recognised expert in the automated routing of low observable (stealth) air vehicles, and the generation of highly accurate, imagery-based targeting materials for precision strike weapons.

Information Systems also develops, integrates, and produces test equipment for advanced electronic systems including aircraft, munitions, space launch, satellites, and telecommunications. In the IT service arena, the sector applies the latest information technologies and provides office automation to a variety of customers. Some of the services provided include workflow automation, network administration and operations, software system verification, and custom applications support. The three Business Units in the Information Systems Sector; Mission Solutions, Integrated Systems, and Enterprise Systems, combine their expertise to develop system of systems solutions for their customers.

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