The Graduate team on the loose in the United States

One week is of course not enough to completely understand how to do business with and in the United States. However, one week was perfect for us graduates as a team to get an introduction to Saab’s units and activities in the country as well as the relationship between Sweden and the U.S. We also had the opportunity to experience some true American culture outside of work. Let us, Johanna and Cajsa, tell you all about it!

Johanna and Dominic in Syracuse just after ordering the best BBQ you could imagine.

The week started off in Syracuse, NY, which is where Saab has its North American head office. We had the opportunity to meet a lot of cool people there, talking about the American Defense Industry. But it is not all about defense in Syracuse: it also houses the headquarter of Saab’s Air Traffic Management solutions. We were truly impressed with their offerings and way of doing business in the civil market!

Of course we made sure to keep busy during the evenings as well. We ate an all-American dinner at our fellow graduate Dominic’s parents’ house, travel around the beautiful Finger Lakes, and a quick trip to the Niagara Falls.

After some interesting, and rainy days (even from a Swede’s point of view…), in Syracuse we made our way to Washington D.C where we were invited to a conference at the House of Sweden on the topic of cooperation between U.S. and Swedish defense companies and their governments. For example, we listened to representatives from both the American and Swedish defense procurement agencies talking about their strategies and future demands as well as other defense companies and what they do. As Saab employees/nerds, we were naturally very excited to hear about the teamwork between Saab and Boeing on the T-X jet trainer selected by the U.S Air Force. It is a great example of successful industrial cooperation between Sweden and the U.S!

Of course, we took some time for sightseeing in D.C. and visited famous landmarks such as the White House and Capitol Hill, and made sure to get some goofy pictures – sometimes you can’t take life too seriously. What we will miss the most about the U.S is probably the warm and welcoming people we got the opportunity to meet, and for sure the endless supply of delicious mac ’n’ cheese.

We would like to thank everyone involved in making our team week in the U.S such a learning and memorable experience!

If you look carefully at the picture, you do not only see Adrian and Cajsa laughing at something, like always, but also spot both of us (Johanna and Cajsa) having that wonderful mac ’n’ cheese for dinner as per usual.

//Johanna Hallstedt & Cajsa Rimås