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09 Aug 04. Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]announced the formation of a Focused Logistics Enterprise to align the Corporation’s capabilities in logistics management to support defense net-centric transformation objectives. Peter M. Cuviello has been named vice president and managing director for the enterprise, which will be part of Lockheed Martin’s Integrated Systems & Solutions (IS&S) business area, established last year to support growing customer requirements for net-centric solutions.

“Our Focused Logistics Enterprise will more closely align our Corporation’s logistics capabilities and management processes to address our defense customers’ challenging operational requirements,” said Stan Sloane, Executive Vice President for IS&S.

Cuviello’s team will identify and integrate best management practices throughout the Corporation to provide customers ‘best value’ across all solutions. “Our ultimate objective is to leverage Lockheed Martin’s considerable strengths to provide innovative logistics management solutions that don’t exist today,” said Sloane. “We are committed to delivering new solutions and capabilities that will address ‘factory to foxhole’ challenges faced by our defense customers.”

On 11th August Lockheed Martin received a Revolutionary Approach to Time-critical Long Range Strike (RATTLRS) phase-two contract award from the Office of Naval Research on July 20. RATTLRS is part of the National Aerospace Initiative and is a demonstration program to increase capabilities and performance for expendable supersonic vehicles. In total, this is a five-year (base and options) Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract with a ceiling of $175 million.

Lockheed Martin is teamed with Allison Advanced Development Company (AADC) to develop technologies that will provide an advanced Mach 4+ integrated propulsion system in an operationally traceable airframe. The AADC YJ102R engine provides the supersonic cruise capability of the legendary SR-71 spy plane in a simple and inexpensive engine suitable for an expendable missile. Advances in turbine cooling technology in the 40 years since the SR-71 first flew allow the YJ102R to provide more than six times the specific thrust of the SR-71 engines, allowing the RATTLRS vehicle to cruise at similar Mach numbers without the high fuel consumption of afterburning engines.
August 9, 2004

In addition Lockheed Martin has announced a strategic business relationship with ESRI, the world leader in geographic information systems (GIS) software, to jointly develop and market system solutions and services for defense, intelligence and homeland security.

The arrangement will enable Lockheed Martin and ESRI to support key customer initiatives involving GIS with a special focus on geospatial-intelligence analysis and production, multi-intelligence data fusion and exploitation, and horizontal integration. Lockheed Martin is the first federal systems integrator in ESRI’s Authorized Systems Integrator Program.

“We’re delighted to formalize this strategic relationship with ESRI,” said Mike Thomas, Vice President, Lockheed Martin’s Geospatial-Intelligence Solutions business. “Lockheed Martin has been an industry leader in providing integrated end-to-end geospatial-intelligence solutions to our customers, while ESRI has long been an industry leader in commercial-off-the-shelf geospatial solutions. A strong business relationship with ESRI supports our ability to continue delivering mission-critical solutions to our customers.”

The relationship enhances Lockheed Martin’s system integration work in the area of geospatial-intelligence systems and enables expansion of ESRI’s commercial-off-the-shelf product line, integrating it with national defense, intelligence and public safety systems. This collaboration enhances support for geospatial database architecture development and integration, system architecture design, and customer needs assessments.

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