Al Gore may have invented the Internet, but Raytheon BBN Technologies launched the ARPANET, one of the first computer-based communication tools. The Raytheon company provides premium development services, products and licensable intellectual property stemming from its innovative research and development, computer programming, software development, and data processing and preparation activities. Clients come primarily from the defense industry and government agencies -- including its own parent Raytheon, BAE Systems, and Department of Defense -- and also have included Mercedes Benz and Johns Hopkins University.
Raytheon BBN Technologies operates from about a half dozen offices in Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Illinois, Rhode Island, and Virginia.
Raytheon acquired BBN to enhance its networking, communications, video surveillance, and advanced sensing applications offerings. BBN is now part of Raytheon's network centric systems division.
Raytheon BBN Technologies moved away from Internet-related products and services to concentrate on cutting-edge research and development in a variety of technological and scientific areas. It focuses on applied physics and tactical sonar, speech recognition and language understanding, wireless and satellite networking, information security, structural acoustics, and sensor signal processing. Raytheon BBN Technologies provides both advanced research services and custom, research-based solutions.
In mid-2009 US military contractor Raytheon acquired BBN for about $350 million.
MIT professors initially formed the company in 1948 as an acoustical consulting firm. Formerly a unit of Verizon Communications, BBN was purchased in 2004 by company managers affiliated with General Catalyst Partners and Accel Partners. – less