David B. Allison

HEL Product Line Director, Advanced Concepts and Technology
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems

Dr. David “Ben” Allison is the high-energy laser product line director for Advanced Concepts and Technology (ACT), a mission area within Raytheon Company’s Space and Airborne System (SAS) business. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2016 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

He is responsible at SAS for establishing new product lines, providing system architecture and capturing new business for ACT, a leader in the implementation of emerging and disruptive solutions that ensure warfighter advantage. Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems is a leading provider of integrated sensor, communication and electronic warfare systems giving military forces the most accurate and timely actionable information available for the network-centric battlefield. With a workforce of 13,100 and 2016 sales of $6.2 billion, SAS is headquartered in McKinney, Texas, with operations across the U.S. and internationally.

Before joining Raytheon in 2015, Allison was chief scientist and technical officer of Mirage, Systems, Inc. for two years, where he established critical technology road maps and developments and served as the primary interface to customer and government laboratories.

In 2010, Allison served as vice president and general manager of L-3 Advanced Laser Systems Technology in Orlando, Florida. He was responsible for capturing domestic and international pursuits and for all profit and loss activity of major programs.

Earlier in his career, Allison was senior program manager at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems in El Segundo, California. In this position, he was capture lead of advanced RF/SAR/EO programs with sub-contract vendors. During his five years at Raytheon, he authored winning technical proposals for advanced research programs.

Allison holds a master’s degree in physics from San Diego State University and a doctorate in applied ocean science from the University of California, San Diego.