BELOIT, Wis.–(COMMERCIAL WIRE)–Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD), a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management (Arcline), is redefining the technological limits of national security with the establishment of its Technology Center of Excellence, an initiative designed to consolidate the vast technological resources of the company under a single platform to maximize its capabilities.
“Most of the companies acquired by FMD in recent years have technology development on their roadmap, but it’s spread across the individual businesses,” said FMD CEO George Whittier. “By consolidating these initiatives within a dedicated center of excellence, we can take full advantage of our wealth of experience to benefit our customers in a way that will improve reliability, improve performance and reduce their life cycle costs.”
FMD’s technology portfolio focuses on emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), digital defenses, SMART engineering solutions, unmanned mission management and FM OnBoard. While the company’s near-term focus is on technology solutions supporting autonomy, electrification and augmented reality, it plans to round out its technology portfolio, through organic growth and future acquisitions, with unmanned systems and AI solutions. .
The new division will be led by Keith Haasl, vice president and general manager of Fairbanks Morse Technology. Haasl, a veteran of the US Army, joined Fairbanks Morse Defense in 1994 and has established a reputation as a solutions-focused consultant to the defense contractor’s major naval clients, as well as domestic and international commercial clients.
“We are in constant conversations with our customers, and all trends point to a future where their missions will be completed autonomously and with reduced human interaction,” said Haasl. “Our Technology Center of Excellence positions us to provide our customers with advanced artificial intelligence, augmented reality, autonomy, electrification and unmanned solutions to ensure future mission readiness.”
About Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD)
Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD) builds, maintains and services the most reliable naval power and propulsion systems on the planet. For over 100 years, FMD has been the premier supplier of a growing variety of leading marine technologies, OEM parts, and turnkey services to the US Navy, US Coast Guard, the Military Sealift Command and the Canadian Coast Guard. FMD is ready to quickly support the systems that power military fleets without compromising safety or quality. In times of peace and war, FMD’s experienced engineers, sailors, and technicians demonstrate our commitment to supporting the mission and vision of critical global naval operations where and when needed. FMD is a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management.
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