Raytheon names Kugler VP of Strategy


Raytheon has appointed Mitch Kugler vice president of Strategy. He will report to Thomas M Culligan, executive vice president of Corporate Business Development and CEO of Raytheon International.

As vice president of Strategy, Kugler will be responsible for working with Raytheon’s businesses to formulate the company’s strategy, enhance its execution, ensure that it is integrated operationally, conduct capability assessments and gap analysis, and lead enterprise campaigns.

As Strategy lead, he will support the corporate Finance organisation on mergers and acquisition activity, Raytheon says in a statement.

In announcing Kugler’s appointment, Culligan said: “Kugler brings to Raytheon a unique blend of public and private experience in senior strategy and policy development positions. I look to Mitch to lead the charge in driving Raytheon’s strategic growth through innovation in our core and adjacent markets.”

Kugler joins Raytheon from The Boeing Company, where most recently he was director of Advocacy Integration for the Integrated Defense Systems business.

He previously served as director of Strategic Initiatives for Boeing’s Missile Defense Systems business, responsible for leading the execution of missile defense activities in NATO countries. His first position at Boeing was director, Strategic Planning, in the Missile Defense Systems division.

Early in his career, Kugler served 10 years with Senator Thad Cochran. He was the Republican staff director of the Subcommittee on International Security, Proliferation, and Federal Services of the Senate’s Committee on Governmental Affairs, which focused on ballistic missile defense programs and policy issues.

He drafted the National Missile Defense Act of 1999, which established US policy to deploy a missile defense system as the technology became available.

Kugler graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and served in the U.S. Army for five years as an infantry officer. He earned his master’s degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University.

The appointment comes after last month`s shake-up at BAE Systems US, where retired General Anthony Zinni, a US Marine Corps Commandant and US Central Command commander has temporarily assumed the office of acting president and CEO in addition to his role as company chairman following the resignation of Walt Havenstein late last month. The Wall Street Journal reported at the time that Havenstein was moving to rival contractor SAIC Inc.

Zinni subsequently told the newspaper the US arm of BAE Systems was aiming to broaden its security businesses. The paper added he was keen to benefit from the US government’s non-military efforts to improve economic and political stability in war-torn or dangerously dysfunctional countries, a concept often referred to as “smart power.”

According to Zinni, BAE Systems is looking at its existing capabilities in areas where it already has expertise — such as intelligence, energy and information management technology — and “how can this be used to support some of the things that smart power is designed to focus on, like stabilization and reconstruction, and more balanced approaches to international and national security issues.”

The paper adds large defence firms see “smart power” as an increasingly important market as spending on big and costly weapons systems come under pressure.