Boeing Mission Systems Attains CMMI Level 3 Systems Engineering Rating

Boeing [NYSE:BA] Mission Systems operation in Springfield, Va. has attained Maturity Level 3 for its systems and software engineering processes, as defined by the Software Engineering Institute's Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) standards.

"Attaining the CMMI Level 3 rating is a tremendous achievement for our organization, reflecting our successful shift from primarily a software development group to a mature systems engineering organization," said John Werle, general manager of Space & Intelligence Systems Mission Systems for Boeing. The group had already achieved an SEI CMMI Level 3 rating for its software engineering processes.

The Process Company, LLC completed the appraisal at Boeing's Mission Systems operations in accordance with the SEI's review framework using systems engineering and software CMMI standards.

"We have seen a major cultural shift in this organization," said Andy Felschow, lead assessor for The Process Company. "Substantial benefits are being realized with a disciplined process environment. Now there is a culture of ownership, excitement and commitment at all levels of the team."

SEI is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and operated by Carnegie Mellon University of Pittsburgh, Pa.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world's largest space and defense businesses. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $27 billion business. It provides network-centric system solutions to its global military, government, and commercial customers. It is a leading provider of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems; the world's largest military aircraft manufacturer; the world's largest satellite manufacturer and a leading provider of space-based communications; the primary systems integrator for U.S. missile defense and Department of Home land Security; NASA's largest contractor; and a global leader in launch services.

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