Tucson’s biggest employer is moving across town. Raytheon Missiles & Defense plans to set up at the University of Arizona’s Tech Park. It’s a 14,000 square foot office space in the 65-acre park. Raytheon has over 13,000 workers in Tucson, AZ. but this moves puts them even closer to younger, tech talent. The university has made shifts over the years with its aerospace engineering programs and capabilities, making this a natural move for Raytheon.

“The Refinery provides us the much-needed space where we can continue to collaborate with our university partners and government agencies to develop next-generation technology,” said Wes Kremer, president of Raytheon Missiles & Defense in prepared remarks.

“It will also help us continue to develop the local workforce for future careers in aerospace and enable us to expand our research due to the proximity to the University of Arizona’s engineering facilities,” Kremer said.

Layoffs: Boeing

Despite a recent hiring announcement, Boeing says they have plans to trim their headcount internally. HR and finance will be the ones hit as the company plans to reduce support staff headcount by 2,000, according to a Seattle Times report confirmed by the company. Boeing announced that they’ll be outsourcing to a consulting company and plan to push for ways to simplify their corporate structure.

Hiring: U.S. Army

The U.S. Army is also hoping to scoop off laid off tech talent – just like other government agencies. Cyber Excepted Service (CES) is the new personnel system that will help the DoD be more flexible with recruiting and retaining cyber professionals. It’ll take until the end of FY23 to get the Army fully transitioned to this new system. Due to a cyber headquarters move and the size of the organization, the Army took more time to migrate. Ronald Pontius, deputy to the commanding general at U.S. Army Cyber Command shared with Signal magazine, “It’s interesting that we’re very much still hiring as the big tech companies are doing some massive layoffs right now.”

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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.