On Tuesday, Boeing announced the intent to streamline its Defense, Space, and Security unit “by eliminating a layer of executive oversight.” In total, about 50 executive positions will be affected by the reorganization, which will take effect on July 1.

Under the new structure, the Boeing Military Aircraft and Network and Space Systems segments will split into four different entities. The new Autonomous Systems unit will include vertical lift unmanned systems, the Insitu and Liquid Robotics subsidiaries, and other software and hardware groups related to autonomy. The Space and Missile Systems group will involve Boeing’s share in the United Launch Alliance and the International Space Station, along with all satellite and space weapon groups. The Strike, Surveillance, and Mobility group will cover military aircraft including the F-15 and F/A-18 fighters, while the Vertical Lift group will cover helicopters such as the Apache and Chinook.

All of these groups will report to Boeing’s Defense, Space, and Security President and CEO Leanne Caret.

"We need to be an agile organization that is more responsive to customers' needs and committed to continually improving productivity," Caret said in a press release. "We are fundamentally addressing how we compete, win, and grow in Boeing's second century."

Caret also oversees the Development, Global Operations, and Phantom Works segments, which will see minimal changes.

Executives assigned to individual groups are as follows:

  • Autonomous Systems, Chris Raymond
  • Space and Missile Systems, Jim Chilton
  • Strike, Surveillance and Mobility, Shelley Lavender
  • Vertical Lift, David Koopersmith