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leadership interview
Rick Yuse

Throughout Rick Yuse's 39-year career at Raytheon, he has been at the cutting edge of technology and innovation, from the first electronically scanned phased array radars used to monitor Russian ICBM launches to revolutionary developments in electronic and information
warfare today.
After earning his Masters in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University in 1976, Yuse joined Raytheon and spent his early career
working on virtually every radar program forming the backbone of the US missile defense system, thanks to assignments and promotions
at Raytheon's Equipment Division, Integrated Defense Systems and Technical Services Company.
Since 2010, when he stepped up to lead Space and Airborne Systems (SAS), the business has successfully built upon its strength in airborne radars for fighter aircraft, ISR platforms and tactical and space-based communications. He also has presided over the company's
resurgence as a leader in the EW market, winning contracts for the US Navy's Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) and the US Army's EW
Planning and Management Tool (EWPMT).
JED spoke with him about his experience and more specifically, the company's approach to the EW market.

JED:

What was the most important lesson that you
learned as an engineer in your early years at Raytheon?

RY: I'm not sure I appreciated it at the time, but as I look

back on the skills and practices that were ingrained in me
by mentors and supervisors, I think the most valuable lessons were to be curious, engaged and demonstrate a willingness to dive in and work hard. I also learned about the
importance of developing critical thinking skills. You have
to look at all aspects of a situation and account for all consequences, especially those that are unintended.

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JED: When you took the helm at SAS in 2010, what were
some of the major management and technology development goals that you set out to achieve?

RY: When I arrived at SAS, I found a solid business
with great legacy programs in airborne radar, EO/
IR and space. So I wanted to ensure that the
company continued to focus on capabilities
that would keep us ahead of future threats.
Our technology development strategy focused
on four areas: electronic warfare; high energy
lasers; high integrity processors to embed cyber security in weapon systems; and open,
scalable, multi-function architectures for future weapon systems. We have made significant progress on all fronts.
In EW, for instance, we wanted to become
a significant player because we believed that
fielded capabilities, which relied on older tube
and horn technology, would be inadequate to control the electromagnetic spectrum in what was
then generally called contested environments and
today is called anti-access/area denial (A2/AD)
environments. We need to put the magic back in
the hands of our warfighters.
As a result, we made investments in electronic
attack, electronic support, electronic protection,
signals intelligence (SIGINT), communications,

cyber, and lasers. It's all about redefining the boundaries of
information warfare, and we're making excellent progress
across the board. We are working on a new generation of
sophisticated, scalable, affordable, end-to-end EW systems.

JED: Raytheon has been one of the key players in leveraging Active, Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) technology for EW applications. What are some of the critical
lessons that SAS learned from AESA radar development,
and how have these lessons helped with development of
AESA jammers?

RY:

Wide-band, multi-function antenna arrays are
game changers that enable us to expand our capabilities to deal with threats that are becoming increasingly
capable, numerous, sophisticated and lethal. Active, electronically scanned arrays are a core
competency. We've been able to build on everything we've learned from the last 15-20
years and transfer that expertise to our
AESA-based jamming system. The critical aspect is really about delivering large
amounts of Effective Radiated Power (ERP)
in small packages. In airborne AESA jammer pods, there is very limited space and
weight is at a premium, so this development
is vital to the entire next generation of EW
missions.

JED:

Raytheon SAS develops radar, EW and
communications systems for a wide variety of
weapons systems. What are some of the important
trends at the platform level that are shaping the
future course of defense electronics?

RY:

The biggest trend we're seeing at the platform level is convergence. It is no longer efficient
to have a different antenna for every function.
Imagine an AESA aperture that can do EW, comms,
radar, and SIGINT, all at the same time. What that



JED - June 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - June 2015

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Leadership Interview
Missile Warning for Fighter Aircraft
Technology Survey: RWR/ESM Systems
EW 101
2015 AOC Election Guide
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - June 2015 - cover1
JED - June 2015 - cover2
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JED - June 2015 - The View From Here
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JED - June 2015 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - June 2015 - Courses Calendar
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JED - June 2015 - From the President
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JED - June 2015 - The Monitor
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JED - June 2015 - World Report
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JED - June 2015 - Leadership Interview
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JED - June 2015 - Missile Warning for Fighter Aircraft
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