Huntington Ingalls Industries Expands Its Mission Technologies Division
Huntington Ingalls Industries is best known for its shipbuilding business, but the company’s hii mission technologies division is growing so fast that it may soon outpace its ships business from a sales perspective.
As an all-domain defense and hii mission technologies partner recognized worldwide as America’s largest shipbuilder, HII delivers critical capabilities to advance US national security. HII’s technical solutions team accelerates national security solutions to government and commercial customers around the globe.
C5ISR, or Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, is a hii mission technology designed to enable information dominance and decisive lethality for networked Soldiers. It uses a combination of radios, night vision, computers, sensors and other technologies to improve battlefield situational awareness.
HII Mission Technologies is a diversified business that focuses on unmanned systems, training, artificial intelligence and platform modernization. Its 1700 employees work with five combatant commands and several service offices on multi-domain operations, intelligence collection and analysis, and AI/machine learning applications.
The company’s C5ISR group provides models, simulated architectures and automated tools for requirements definition, design and engineering, manufacturing and testing. It also helps Army and DoD stakeholders evaluate new hii mission technologies in a field-based, safe-to-fail environment.
Cyber & Electronic Warfare
Electronic warfare (EW) is an important component of the hii mission technologies, enabling commanders to overmatch adversaries who jam, overpower or deceive information systems in the electromagnetic spectrum. This includes surveillance, telecommunication and navigation satellites.
As an EW officer, you may have a variety of duties that include leading and coordinating electronic attacks, overseeing cyber security, and offering support with cyber integration.
You also have a role in supporting military operations by disrupting or influencing adversaries’ decision-making processes. This can help you create battlefield advantage for you and your allied forces.
The Chinese PLA, for example, focuses on developing an integrated network of electronic warfare (INEW) assets that can reconnoiter a potential opponent’s systems in peacetime and influence opponent decision-makers in times of crisis. This is part of a general information warfare strategy that the PRC uses to achieve information dominance.
Unmanned Systems (UVs) are defined as “electro-mechanical systems that are able to exert their power to perform designed missions”. UVs can be remote controlled or navigate autonomously.
UVs are used in a variety of applications, including search and rescue, product delivery, surveillance, environmental monitoring, border patrol and agriculture. They have become an important part of the world’s economies and have been used for a wide variety of mission requirements, including military operations.
UVs are often deployed to do things that humans can’t or shouldn’t do, like cleaning up nuclear waste or operating a nuclear plant. They also provide valuable support to the armed forces in combat.
Live & Virtual
In an effort to rebrand the technical solutions business that was formerly Huntington Ingalls Industries, the McLean, Virginia-based firm changed its name to Mission Technologies in mid-2018. It currently operates six business operating groups: command, control, computers, communications and electronics; cyber, electronic warfare and space; unmanned systems; live, virtual and constructive solutions; fleet sustainment; and nuclear and environmental services.
The Live & Virtual business unit designs and executes enterprise simulation and network technologies to prepare warfighters for virtually every conceivable situation they may face in service to national defense and security. This includes one of the country’s largest synthetic training environments.
Fleet Sustainment refers to the sustaining and modernizing of platforms and weapons systems, ensuring that they are operating to their full capability. This is an important and necessary task to achieve mission success.
For the Air Force, sustainment demands are compounded by aging fleets and more sophisticated systems that are expensive to maintain and deploy. These escalating costs drain the Air Force budget.
As part of its ongoing efforts to enhance its fleet readiness, the Air Force is looking at improving its sustaining operations. It is also looking at incorporating commercial aviation expertise into its support processes.
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