An aerospace company that recently established roots in Shreveport and Bossier City pitched its history and purpose to a packed and interested audience of Cyber Innovation Center members Wednesday at the Silver Star Smokehouse in Bossier City.
Retired Air Force Col. Andy Thomson, most recently director of staff for Air Force Global Strike Command and chief of staff for 8th Air Force, offered a quick and concise rundown of what his new employer, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, is doing locally.
The aerospace giant, an international firm with $28 billion-plus in annual sales and a $44 billion backlog, has Thomson and another employee in offices off-base, along with 10 people embedded in Air Force Global Strike Command to offer ICBM engineering support and one in 8th Air Force to support command and control.
Thomson’s talk, just under a half hour, offered a quick history of the company, which through mergers and acquisitions supplies airplanes to the Air Force and the Navy, as well as night-vision goggles, drones, satellites and missile systems, to name a few. He also showed several short videos of specific interest to the crowd, including footage of a remotely piloted helicopter and a remotely piloted fighter, each capable of land or sea operations.
“Northrop Grumman has got some very impressive innovations in terms of remotely piloted, or robot, aircraft,” Thomson said. “When you take the human out of the aircraft, it pulls in the cyber realm.”
He also teased the crowd a little, noting there have been questions and speculation from people in the business community, specifically aerospace and cyber, about whether his company will open a manufacturing facility here.
“Not yet,” he said.