Posted by John McHaleWASHINGTON, 30 Oct. 2010. Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) has invested in and developed a warfighter-conceived, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) cloud capability that enables soldiers and intelligence operators to more easily collect and disseminate information. The new Green Thunder intelligence system closes the gap between the needs of users on the tactical edge and the cloud computing environment the U.S. Army is moving toward.A modular, deployable ISR capability, Green Thunder is targeted at brigade combat teams and below, but it is scalable for higher echelons. It provides a better collection and dissemination capability in a smaller footprint than the Army's current capabilities, Raytheon officials say. Affordable and compatible with the Army's current infrastructure, Green Thunder was created by Raytheon after interviews with warfighters and intelligence operators in Afghanistan."Threats from insurgents are changing faster than acquisition systems can adapt," says Galen Jackman, vice president for Army programs at Raytheon. "We have responded to Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Ashton Carter's call for capabilities that are deployment-ready and can have an immediate effect in the war we are fighting. "With Green Thunder, no additional development cycle is necessary," Jackman continues. "We invested in a solution that fits and can be easily integrated into the current architecture. This mitigates risk to our customer. Green Thunder is ready to go to Afghanistan today."Green Thunder provides ISR capabilities through the Distributed Common Ground system (DCGS) enterprise. It provides imagery and streaming video exploitation; human intelligence analysis; situational awareness; and reach-back from the brigade combat teams and below to feed intelligence to an entire DCGS Integration Backbone federation."We invested and developed Green Thunder based on end-user feedback to ensure warfighters get what they need to win the counter-insurgency war in Afghanistan," says Mark Bigham, a vice president for Defense and Civil Mission Solutions in Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems.