Defense Business Brief: Boeing’s new R&D hub; Anduril to build drone subs for Australia; Harrison to leave CSIS; and a bit more
Lost in Boeing’s announcement that it would move its corporate headquarters from Chicago to the Washington area is the company’s decision to “develop a research & technology hub in the area to harness and attract engineering and technical capabilities.”
Given the competition for engineers within aerospace and defense, commercial tech, and a bunch of other sectors, it’s not unusual for companies to stand up potential feeders like this.
“The hub will focus on developing innovations in the areas of cyber security, autonomous operations, quantum sciences, and software and systems engineering,” Boeing said.
The competition for science and engineering talent in Northern Virginia, a region with a significant tech corridor, has been on the rise in recent years. Amazon’s 2018 decision to open a second headquarters, dubbed HQ2, in the same Arlington neighborhood that will now become Boeing’s home base only increased that competition for tech workers. Amazon is expected to…