Raytheon Co. has agreed to acquire BBN Technologies, a privately held research and development firm providing solutions for national defense and security missions. BBN's portfolio encompasses a range of technologies including advanced networking, speech and language technologies, information technologies, sensor systems, and cybersecurity. BBN’s current offerings include the Boomerang acoustic-based shooter detection system currently deployed with U.S. forces and a broad range of technology development programs. Following the acquisition, BBN Technologies will become part of Raytheon Network Centric Systems. Based in Cambridge, MA, BBN employs 700 employees at seven U.S. locations.