Defining the Future of Flight: 1997 -- present

World Headquarters in Chicago

In March 2001, Boeing announced plans to move its headquarters office from Seattle, Wash., to an area separate from the bases of its various businesses. After an extensive site evaluation process, the company selected Chicago, Ill., and began operations in its new World Headquarters offices on Sept. 4, 2001.

On July 10, 2002, Boeing merged the company's space, defense, government, intelligence and communications capabilities into one business unit, headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., called Integrated Defense Systems.

Integrated Defense Systems products included the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, the F-15E Eagle, the AV-8B Harrier II Plus, the F-22 Raptor, the C-17 Globemaster III transport, the C-40A and C-32A transports, the T-45 Training System, 767 tankers, and the AC-130U Gunship. Rotorcraft included the RAH-66 Comanche (cancelled by the U.S. Army in 2004), the CH-47 Chinook, the AH-64D Apache Longbow and the V-22 Osprey.

Weapons programs included the Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM), the Harpoon antiship missile, the Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Response (SLAM-ER), the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS), and new technologies for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAV).

Space and communications products included AWACS, tacamoE-6 TACAMO, the International Space Station, Sea Launch, space shuttle orbiters and their main engines, and next-generation Global Positioning System satellites. Boeing also was prime contractor and lead systems integrator on the Global Missile Defense program for the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization.

Based in Seattle, Wash., Boeing Commercial Airplanes products included the 717, 737, 747, 757, 767 and 777 families of jetliners and the Boeing Business Jet. During 2002, Commercial Airplanes started to build two new longer range jetliners, the 747-400ER and the 777-300ER.

Based in Renton, Wash., the Boeing Capital Corporation, the financial services arm, was the asset-based leasing and lending organization. Based in Seattle, Wash., and Irvine, Calif., Connexion by Boeing; developed a global communications network and provided high-speed Internet and entertainment and data services to mobile platforms.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., and Bellevue, Wash., Boeing Air Traffic Management developed solutions for air traffic control and airport operations.

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