ROCKVILLE, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nicole Suveges, a BAE Systems political scientist, was killed Tuesday in a bombing in Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq. She was supporting the U.S. Army’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 4th Infantry Division, as part of the Human Terrain System (HTS) program.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Nicole Suveges,” said Doug Belair, president of the company’s Technology Solutions & Services (TSS) line of business. “She came to us to give freely of herself in an effort to make a better world. Nicole was a leading academic who studied for years on how to improve conditions for others. She also believed in translating what she learned into action. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and colleagues.”
Suveges began her current tour in Iraq in April of this year. Before joining BAE Systems, she had worked in Iraq for one year as a civilian contractor. Previously, Suveges served as a U.S. Army reservist in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, supporting the multinational SFOR/NATO Combined Joint Psychological Operations Task Force.
She held a Master of Arts in political science from The George Washington University. Suveges was soon to complete her Ph.D. in political science with an emphasis on international relations from Johns Hopkins University, where she also served as managing editor for the “Review of International Political Economy.” Her dissertation was on “Markets & Mullahs: Global Networks, Transnational Ideas and the Deep Play of Political Culture.” She presented numerous papers to international relations organizations and served as a graduate teaching assistant.
During her time with the 3rd BCT, she brought a wealth of skill and knowledge to support the mission in Iraq. Her experience in Bosnia-Herzegovina, coupled with her academic credentials contributed materially to the success of the brigade in reducing the level of violence in the local community and in improving critical infrastructure. She worked closely with her HTS team members to help Iraqis achieve peace, stability and prosperity.
BAE Systems is the prime contractor to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command to provide training, programmatic and staffing support to the HTS program. This program is designed to improve brigade and division commanders’ level of understanding of the highly complex local socio-cultural environment in areas where U.S. Army troops are deployed.
TSS provides services and solutions that support Department of Defense and Federal Agency customers with innovative solutions, anywhere in their product life-cycle, anywhere in the world.
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