Inside ACT, Raytheon’s Extreme Research Division

Advanced Concepts & Technology, a team within Raytheon’s Intelligence and Space division, is developing technology for which there is no user requirement.  Dr. Bradford Tousley, acting vice president of ACT explains why in a new interview in Scientific Video Protocols: it’s because ACT operates beyond the cutting edge of technology, working to bring the impossible within reach. Potential users do not yet know what is possible, which is why the military did not issue requirements for flying machines until they had been invented.

Tousley says ACT is not afraid to go after prizes that may look unattainable with current technology, very much in the spirit of the Wright brothers pushing forward while others were still skeptical of heavier-than-air flight.

“We’re after the maximum payoff we can…