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Thomas Bell on Leidos’ Tech Specialties, ‘North Star’ Vision

Thomas Bell on Leidos' Tech Specialties, 'North Star' Vision - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Leidos CEO Thomas Bell said the company is working on its “North Star” vision that would guide its strategic decisions as it approaches its first decade as an independent company.

“The North Star isn’t going to be that suddenly we’re going to go 90 degrees left or 90 degrees right. The North Star is going to be more of a direction of travel on the trajectory we’re already on, but crisping it up, making it clear for our people,” Bell told C4ISRNET in an interview published Tuesday.

The chief executive mentioned cyber, software engineering, artificial intelligence, electronic warfare, materials technology that enables hypersonics and signals processing as some of the technology specialties or “golden bolts” that differentiate Leidos from other vendors.

These are the kinds of things that we need to ensure we stay world class in because these are the things that are going to enable us to continue to serve our customers in a different way,” Bell told the publication.

He also shared his insights on hypersonics as a growth engine for the Reston, Virginia-based defense contractor.

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Written by Jane Edwards

is a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, where she writes for ExecutiveBiz about IT modernization, cybersecurity, space procurement and industry leaders’ perspectives on government technology trends.

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