Richard Yuse

President; Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems and vice president of Raytheon Co.

Education:  Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Northeastern University.

Background:  Appointed president of Raytheon SAS in March 2010.  Previously, he headed Raytheon Technical Services Co. Yuse joined Raytheon in 1976 and has also led the company’s air and missile defense programs.

Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) is Raytheon’s primary provider of airborne and space-based radar and other sensors, communications and electronic warfare systems. Its signature products include the Boeing Super Hornet’s APG-79 radar and a role in the Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) for future U.S. Navy combatants. Yuse was interviewed via email by Defense Technology Edition Editor-in-Chief Bill Sweetman.

Defense Technology Edition: As the U.S. Navy moves toward a concept of “electromagnetic maneuver warfare,” how do you expect that to drive technology and set program priorities?

Yuse: Electromagnetic warfare (EW) is all about mastering, owning and exploiting the electromagnetic spectrum at your adversaries’ expense. At the core of success will be the convergence of cyber, EW and signals intelligence (sigint), and how we redefine the boundaries of information warfare.

Electronic warfare also gives the services a solution that costs less over its life cycle. The fact is, we can’t bend new metal every time the threat changes, and EW is a budget and force multiplier. I see continued investment in technologies that enable EW in its broadest sense—from direct current (DC) to light, which includes radar, infrared, communications and, yes, even lasers. That’s where we’re headed.

What are the main business opportunities in the counter-anti-access area for Raytheon SAS?

Anti-access threats have been growing for decades. The U.S. defense budget illustrates that fielding relevant airborne and surface Navy capabilities for anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) environments is clearly a top priority. Our allies are facing similar threats and we are working with them to help modernize and upgrade their technology, most recently with South Korea.

How important is Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) to Raytheon? Are there other applications of this technology beyond the Boeing EA-18G Growler platform?

NGJ represents the future of electronic warfare. It is pushing the boundaries of the electromagnetic spectrum through key enabling technologies like high-power gallium nitride (GaN) active, electronically scanned array, (AESA), while ensuring minimal impact on the platform as a result of reduced size, weight, power and cooling.

The EW market is at a critical tipping point—much like the radar market just before the shift from mechanical to AESA technology. The advent of wide-band, multi-function antenna arrays is a game-changer, as is modular open system architecture. Both allow for expanded capabilities to deal with continually evolving threats, and both are Raytheon core competencies. These differentiators are critical—not just to the Growler mission, but to the entire next generation of EW missions.

Is Raytheon still looking for opportunities in later blocks of the MQ-4C Triton unmanned air system, such as radar and electric support measures? What about sensors and other payloads for the Unmanned Carrier Launched Surveillance and Strike vehicle—are there opportunities?

We see a lot of upside and opportunity, but I can’t really talk about specifics. What I can tell you is that we are continuing to innovate across all of our sensors—from radars and electro-optical infrared to sigint and EW—to meet emerging intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission needs.

To what extent does progress with GaN technology create the opportunity and need for retrofits and upgrades?

We have been leading GaN innovation for 15 years. It’s been a defining technology in both NGJ and AMDR. GaN opens the door to performance upgrades of older systems, which are likely gallium arsenide or vacuum- tube based.

What is Raytheon’s approach to the U.S. Air Force’s Next Generation Joint Stars, which receives substantial funding under the 2015 budget?

We believe there is a tremendous opportunity for the Air Force to upgrade its Joint Stars fleet with an integration program utilizing currently available technologies. We can increase Joint Stars’ capabilities in collection, intelligence and dissemination, field it quickly and realize significant savings.

We heard a lot about using radar for high-rate communications (APG-79) a few years ago. Is there an increasing requirement for combining EA/ESM, radar and communications in common apertures? Is Raytheon involved with efforts to connect stealth  platforms with the rest of the network?

It’s our expectation that all Generation 5 and Generation 6 platforms will incorporate multi-function apertures for reasons of capability and cost. All industry, from smartphones to aviation, is moving towards full networked capability. Our suite of next- generation solutions is keeping pace with our customers as they move in that direction.