Engility celebrates anniversary, legacy

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Engility celebrates anniversary, legacyLeadership of Engility Corp. was on hand in Ridgecrest last week to celebrate not only the first anniversary of the company, but also the legacy of its predecessor in the IWV as well as its corporate commitment to supporting the mission of national defense.

CEO Tony Smeraglinolo noted that Engility — created by a spin-off of seven companies and 10 business units from L-3 Communications in 2012 — previously provided contractual support to China Lake through those legacy companies. Engility got its very name from its definitive trademarks of engineering and agility.

In an environment where employers nationwide are examining ways to accomplish more with less, Smeraglinolo said, Engility was formed to harness the highly technical and precision-oriented skills of the engineering discipline with increased flexibility and efficiency.

“Even though the defense budget is constrained, you always need great people with great processes who can offer their services at a competitive price,” said Smeragli-nolo.

“What we did was streamline the bureaucracy so that instead of 11 layers of management, you have two. The people who really benefit from that are the customers and our people in the field working alongside them.”

While the direct customer is the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at China Lake, where Engility engineers work on sensory integration and weaponization of the F-18, the contributions to that program indirectly benefit the country as a whole.

“We have 120 people here supporting the mission — keeping our nation safe and on the leading edge of technology,” he said. “We look at what China Lake is doing and we feel like it is in complete concert with Engility. That relationship of mutually treasuring community, defense and technology gives us a hand-and-glove relationship.

“I think that is a partnership that China Lake and Ridgecrest value as well.”

Smeraglinolo said that he sees the nation on a cusp where adapting to the new federal spending environment will yield an extremely bright future.

He referred to a report by financial and research and investment firm Moody’s, which predicted that in an environment of tight federal budgets, the landscape was ripe for a winner to emerge. “And that winner would be whoever could become the quickest and most efficient in a short amount of time. We transformed our company in four and a half months, cut 40 percent of our infrastructure and 30 percent of our indirect costs. Every dollar we saved, we gave back to the customer.

“The biggest inhibitor of success is bureaucracy. In facilitating an agile environment, we have removed that hurdle,” said Smeraglinolo.

“We are well positioned for the present, and we think the future is going to be even more exciting.”

Story First Published: 2013-09-11