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Raytheon Hosts MILCOM's First-Ever Small Business Workshop

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 14, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) will host MILCOM's first-ever small business workshop, "Defense Industry Collaboration with Small Business - The Role of Small Business in the Military Communications marketplace to Support the Warfighter."

More than 100 small business company representatives have registered for the workshop at MILCOM 2008, Nov. 17-19 in San Diego.

The MILCOM small business workshop will provide an opportunity for small businesses to meet with representatives of the major military communications companies in one location.

A panel session on small business from the customer's perspective will feature representatives from The Boeing Company, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, U.S. Small Business Administration, San Diego Procurement Technical Assistance Center, and the SPAWAR (Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center) Small Business director.

The afternoon's matchmaker provides an opportunity for small businesses to have face-to-face discussions on supplier capability and capacity for current programs and future program pursuits with Raytheon and its industry partners. It also offers the opportunity for companies to establish mentor-protege relationships.

"The Small Business Workshop adds another dimension to an already robust MILCOM agenda," said Don Brechtel, Raytheon Network Centric Systems supply chain director. "Through our workshop, we hope to create enduring partnerships between leading defense industry contractors and promising small businesses to deliver solutions that assure mission success."

People interested in attending the MILCOM 2008 Small Business Workshops are encouraged to go to http://www.milcom.org/ to register.

MILCOM 2008, the world's premier military communications conference, is the annual defense communications forum co-sponsored by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Communications Society.

Raytheon Company, with 2007 sales of $21.3 billion, is a technology leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 86 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.

  Lynford Morton

SOURCE: Raytheon Company

CONTACT: Lynford Morton of Raytheon, +1-703-284-4446,

Web Site: http://www.milcom.org/

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