October 17, 2002

Ellen Qualls
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John Measell
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Jill Lawrence
(804) 371-0049
Governor Warner Dedicates New BAE Facility
-Systems integration facility in Fairfax County creating nearly 1,000 jobs-

FAIRFAX COUNTY - Governor Mark R. Warner today joined company officials to dedicate a new BAE SYSTEMS facility in Reston. The 130,000-square-foot complex, located at 11487 Sunset Hills Road, will serve as headquarters for the company’s Integrated Systems business. The $51.6 million capital investment will create nearly 1,000 jobs. New positions range from systems integration and development engineers to network and software engineers.

“We’re pleased that BAE SYSTEMS decided to expand in Northern Virginia and add to the growing list of companies in the high-tech corridor,” said Governor Warner. “This underscores our commitment to the business community and the creation of new defense jobs in the area.”

Fairfax County received a $50,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund in January of this year to assist with public infrastructure. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority assisted BAE SYSTEMS with its decision. The Virginia Department of Business Assistance is providing workforce training services.

In December 2001, BAE SYSTEMS launched Integrated Systems to provide customers with high-level systems architecture design, development and integration. The company’s expertise in systems engineering and the integration of large information-based systems will support existing and future solutions required by the Department of Defense, intelligence agencies and homeland security organizations.

Mark Ronald, BAE SYSTEMS North America president and chief executive officer, said the state-of-the-art building would be “the cornerstone of this critical business -- the premier enterprise information systems integrator and service provider for our national security and national defense.”

The Integrated Systems facility features rapid prototyping laboratories and a collaborative development environment to integrate key capabilities in intelligence processing and exploitation, sensor data fusion, architecture analysis, imagery and geospatial processing, and 3D visualization.

“This facility, its capabilities, and most importantly our team, will help fulfill the critical need to address the ever increasing amounts of data that must be turned into actionable information and knowledge to ensure the security of our nation, ” said Bill Schuster, president of Integrated Systems.

BAE SYSTEMS North America is a high-technology U.S. company employing more than 22,000 Americans who live and work in 29 states and Washington, D.C. The company is dedicated to solving its customers’ needs with both highly innovative and leading-edge solutions across the defense electronics, systems, information technology and services arenas.


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