The article posted below from William McCormick of ExecutiveBiz was published on Aug. 31, 2022, and includes an interview with Todd Borkey, chief technology officer of HII’s Mission Technologies division. 

You can also read the full article at ExecutiveBiz.


Todd Borkey, chief technology officer of HII Mission Technologies, recently spoke with ExecutiveBiz regarding the current set of challenges to keep pace with the speed of innovation as well as the significant contributions that HII Mission Technologies has made to the federal landscape and what the future holds during the latest Executive Spotlight interview.

You can read the full interview with Todd Borkey below.

ExecutiveBiz: What does HII Mission Technologies do? What are your markets?

Todd Borkey: “As you know, HII is a trusted producer of the U.S. Navy’s most complex warships. We have been advancing the HII business portfolio to become a thought leader for the all-domain force.

A product of our multi-billion dollar acquisition strategy, we formed the Mission Technologies division. Today we are a leader at transitioning new technology into the DoD mission. Making up about 25 percent of all HII revenue, we manage over $1 billion of RDT&E work alone.

We are a fast-growing business with market-leading positions in LVC (live, virtual, constructive) simulation and training; artificial intelligence and machine learning; C5ISR; cyber and electronic warfare; autonomy; and nuclear services.

Our portfolio is ideally suited for the needs of the coming decade, and our work tempo for the last few years has reinforced that. We think of ourselves as tech-agnostic integrators; however, we develop advanced technical capability when the client requires it.

We were an early mover in AI and Big Data, where we created several ‘first of their kind’ programs. We also develop and operate the world’s largest LVC enterprise.”

ExecutiveBiz: What is new and exciting at HII Mission Technologies?

Todd Borkey: “We are witnessing and helping create the data revolution, an industrial inflection equal to that of the internet. Almost every one of our markets is becoming data-driven, predictive and increasingly autonomous.

There is a combination of tech, never seen before, making it all possible. We have secure, affordable clouds, open-source models, high-performance computing to the edge, and commercial space offering global sensing and data distribution.

It’s a very exciting time where data is now strategic. We are now ‘finding needles in fast-moving haystacks.’”

ExecutiveBiz: What contribution to HII Mission Technologies are you most proud of?

Todd Borkey: “My team saw the AI revolution coming in 2017 at the Silicon Valley tech conferences. We began studying the breakthroughs and substantially moved our IRAD into creating AI-powered processes for our clients.

We now have AI/ML project applications in every one of our business groups. We were one of the first to deploy computer vision in autonomous ISR and perhaps the first to deploy multi-lingual natural language processing (NLP) at a massive scale.

As a result of our organic efforts, we have been ranked in the top 10 federal AI contractors by Deltek (GovWin) since 2019. The agility of the team, and its cultural effect, will always be a great point of pride for me.”

ExecutiveBiz: What are the challenges to keeping pace with this rate of technical change?

Todd Borkey: “Culturally we must stay curious, externally focused and opportunistic. But it’s all about people. The new force required to deliver the data revolution needs to be built.

Everything is new, and talent is in short supply. In this domain, defense primes must compete with Silicon Valley and fintech for resources. We invest in training and recruiting creatively; however, it is the quality of our work that brings and keeps people to HII Mission Technologies.

We get to work on the hardest and most modern problem sets within the DoD. That is very motivating and attracts talent.”

ExecutiveBiz: What does the future look like for Mission Technologies?

Todd Borkey: “We see commercial space, distributed processing and AI/ML having a massive impact on the way we operate within the next five years. Humans are moving from ‘in the loop’ to ‘on the loop.’

We will improve operational availability, detect threats sooner, increase resiliency, remove clutter, and make better decisions under dynamic and contested conditions. We are driving our portfolio of capabilities, and our clients, toward these new possibilities.

The demands on national security resources are extraordinary, and we are working intensely to give them an edge with the new tech. I see our division deploying even more expeditionary technology in the form of critical new data systems and analytic processes.

We are confident in our vision yet acutely focused on the customer need for the mission.”

About Todd Borkey

Todd Borkey is the chief technology officer at HII’s Mission Technologies division. Named to this position in August 2021, he is responsible for the division’s technology strategy, along with its developments and technical operations. Borkey supports HII’s growth by leading R&D investment, developing new technologies and advancing customer solutions that meet the changing needs of HII’s clients. He also leads HII’s Artificial Intelligence campaign, creating market-leading AI/ML solutions for the defense and intelligence markets.

About HII

HII is an all-domain defense and technologies partner, recognized worldwide as America’s largest shipbuilder. With a 135-year history of trusted partnerships in advancing U.S. national security, HII delivers critical capabilities ranging from the most powerful and survivable naval ships ever built, to unmanned systems, ISR and AI/ML analytics. HII leads the industry in mission-driven solutions that support and enable an all-domain force. Headquartered in Virginia, HII’s skilled workforce is 44,000 strong. For more information, visit:

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Article below posted from author Megan Eckstein of Defense News on Aug. 22, 2022 after interviewing HII President and CEO Chris Kastner. 

HII contract focuses tech development on military’s urgent needs

(Defense News, Aug. 22, 2022) By Megan Eckstein)

WASHINGTON — A newly built-up division of American shipbuilder HII has several promising projects in development, and now also a contract with the Pentagon to marry them to urgent needs.

When HII — formerly called Huntington Ingalls Industries — rebranded in April as a global defense contractor, rather than just the largest U.S. shipbuilder, leaders spoke about the need to gain a foothold among the other armed services beyond the Navy. They also hoped to leverage the new Mission Technologies division to improve the company’s Ingalls Shipbuilding and Newport News Shipbuilding programs.

You can read the full article: https://www.defensenews.com/industry/2022/08/22/hii-contract-focuses-tech-development-on-militarys-urgent-needs

About HII

HII is an all-domain defense and technologies partner, recognized worldwide as America’s largest shipbuilder. With a 135-year history of trusted partnerships in advancing U.S. national security, HII delivers critical capabilities ranging from the most powerful and survivable naval ships ever built, to unmanned systems, ISR and AI/ML analytics. HII leads the industry in mission-driven solutions that support and enable an all-domain force. Headquartered in Virginia, HII’s skilled workforce is 44,000 strong. For more information, visit:

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Visit Follows Significant Contract Wins for HII’s Mission Technologies Division

HONOLULU, HI (Aug. 16, 2022) — Chris Kastner, president and CEO of global defense technologies provider HII (NYSE:HII), toured company facilities in Hawaii this week and met with customers, workforce partners and HII employees as the company continues to expand its role providing integrated solutions that enable a connected, all-domain force.

“Hawaii and the state’s workforce are essential to national security, and to the future of joint all-domain command and control,” Kastner said. “I am proud of HII’s longstanding presence in this state, our technologies and teams here, and our trusted relationships with partners who are driving this strategic direction on behalf of our national defense.”

Through its Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding divisions, HII has built 70% of the U.S. Navy ships that are homeported at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. HII has one of the biggest footprints in Hawaii of any large defense contractor with several facilities in Hawaii, and a team of several hundred analysts, engineers, cyber specialists, and fleet maintenance specialists across the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command area of operations. Through Mission Technologies, HII is designing and developing sensors, systems and solutions that enable coordinated use of distributed assets — ships, aircraft, satellites, personnel — across large geographic regions to collect and share intelligence from all domains.

HII is also working with national, state and local officials on plans to expand the company’s investment in workforce development and enhanced capabilities in Hawaii. HII is growing its internship program with the University of Hawaii and on Monday, Kastner met with David Lassner, president of the University of Hawaii, and Michael Bruno, provost of the University of Hawaii

“HII is a workforce development company, in Hawaii and every state,” Kastner said. “We support our supplier small businesses and work hard to develop skills to advance the nation’s critical infrastructure. I am always glad to meet our emerging cyber and other talent to build the pipeline needed to support U.S. national security in the future.”

In recent weeks, HII announced nearly $1 billion in new contracts to support U.S. Department of Defense agencies in delivering critical integrated technology services to counter and deter current and emerging global threats.

Mission Technologies is the fastest growing segment of HII’s portfolio and a quarter of the company’s revenue with a $26 billion pipeline of qualified business in 2022. Mission Technologies includes C5ISR systems and operations; the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning to battlefield decisions; defensive and offensive cyberspace strategies and electronic warfare; unmanned, autonomous systems; live, virtual, constructive training and simulation solutions; and platform modernization.

HII Facts

  • HII has built 70% of U.S. Navy ships homeported at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
  • The largest producer of unmanned undersea vehicles (UUV) globally and small UUV program of record for the U.S. Navy
  • Largest data platform provider for U.S. Army
  • Fourth largest artificial intelligence/machine learning federal contractor
  • Largest in live, virtual, constructive training and simulation solutions for U.S. Navy
  • Number 11 among large companies on list of Forbes’ America’s Best Employers for 2022, HII’s ranking represents biggest jump of any large company on list, rising from number 387 last year. HII is also only aerospace and defense company in the list’s top 40.


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 About HII

 HII is an all-domain defense and technologies partner, recognized worldwide as America’s largest shipbuilder. With a 135-year history of trusted partnerships in advancing U.S. national security, HII delivers critical capabilities ranging from the most powerful and survivable naval ships ever built, to unmanned systems, ISR and AI/ML analytics. HII leads the industry in mission-driven solutions that support and enable an all-domain force. Headquartered in Virginia, HII’s skilled workforce is 44,000 strong. For more information, visit:

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HII showcased the company’s advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) and unmanned/autonomous capabilities for the special operations community at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC 2022).

HII highlighted solutions that will provide enhanced situational awareness and intelligence analysis for Special Operations for both counterterrorism operations and potential conflicts against near-peer adversaries.

“The Special Operations community is seeking to use, influence and shape intelligence, and HII is prepared to provide the artificial intelligence and machine learning tools that deliver multi-lingual search, understanding of a population sentiment, and help to identify false narratives while delivering results at near-real time," said Steven Moore, director of Artificial Intelligence Solutions at HII’s Mission Technologies division.

HII also featured the company’s unique capabilities in unmanned and autonomous platforms which are critical to the future of special operations missions.

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Vice Adm. Collin Green, deputy commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, views a demonstration of HII artificial intelligence platforms that distill and curate the most meaningful data for near real time missions.

HII demonstrations at SOFIC included:

Tactical Edge Sensing and Process

HII’s Nano Cricket technology brings modular, open, high performance computer hardware to the tactical edge, enabling the rapid collection, processing, exploitation and dissemination of tactical data.

AI-Powered Analytics

Ranked as a top 10 federal AI contractor, HII’s AI platforms are market leading analytics solutions designed for enterprise scale and can distill massive data sets to extract the most meaningful information at near real time.

Unmanned Systems

HII is a world leading unmanned systems company with advanced autonomy capabilities for unmanned surface vessels, unmanned ground vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Odyssey, a Suite of Advanced Autonomy Solutions for Platforms in All Domains

HII launched Odyssey™, a suite of advanced autonomy solutions that can turn any vehicle or ship in any domain into an intelligent, robotic platform. Odyssey capabilities include multi-vehicle collaborative autonomy, autonomous health monitoring, sensor fusion and perception.

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