Research Innovations, Inc.


Jack harrington appointed new ceo of
research innovations, Inc.



Alexandria, VA, August 11, 2017 – Research Innovations, Inc. announced the appointment of Jack Harrington as its new CEO. He will assume responsibilities immediately and will succeed Rich Briggs, founder, who will continue as Chief Technology Officer and Chairman of the Board.

In 1994, Harrington and Briggs cofounded Virtual Technology Corporation, which was acquired in 2006 by Raytheon Company, after which Harrington has been leading $800M-$1B businesses for the past 11 years.

Harrington was most recently Vice President of Cybersecurity and Special Missions (CSM), a business of Raytheon Company’s Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS), providing full scale cyber solutions across global markets. Prior to his IIS role, Harrington served as CEO of Thales Raytheon Systems (specializing in command and control systems, 3D air defense radars, battlefield and weapon locating radars) headquartered in Massy, France.

“I’m thrilled to have Jack join Research Innovations and to lead the evolution of the organization as we scale and continue to focus on delivering amazing value to our customers with innovative solutions that have a true impact on our national security. Jack has been a great business partner throughout my career and his industry expertise, leadership abilities and integrity are second to none. I’m looking forward to working side by side with Jack to evolve our amazing culture and to create magical capabilities for our customers”, said Rich Briggs.

Verne Harnish, CEO of Gazelles and author of “Scaling Up” said “As an entrepreneurial business leader, I'm excited that Rich and Jack are joining forces again. These two have proven they know what it takes to scale rapidly, attract and unleash amazing talent, and constantly innovate to help make the world safer.”

“Rich and I have always shared the same core values and customer focus, and he is a technical visionary.  I am looking forward to continuing to build a special company that is truly focused on innovation to solve the hardest challenges our customers’ face.”  said Harrington.

Harrington graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from George Mason University. He is a graduate of the distinguished Birthing of Giants entrepreneurial program and Raytheon’s Executive Leadership Summit. Harrington serves on the Advisory Boards for both the George Mason University Volgeneau School of Engineering and the Patriot Club.


RII develops cutting-edge software for the government and military.  Through its work with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO), and the Department of the Army, RII has developed a reputation for rapidly delivering transformative technology to service members.