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By Howard Wheeldon, FRAeS, Wheeldon Strategic Advisory Ltd.

09 Sep 13. Established in 1999 Lockheed Martin UK, part of the Bethesda, Maryland based Lockheed Martin Corporation is now extremely well known here as a leader in systems integration working on major programmes spanning defence, aerospace and various civil sector programmes. Working with over one hundred business partners and employing in excess of 2,000 highly skilled people across the country the success of LMUK in such a relatively short period of time is primarily because of the ability the company has to draw on a vast breadth of different technologies and capabilities across the corporation. Drawing innovation through a large supply chain LMUK is able to deliver high end technology product and services here to an important and ever growing list of UK customers.

A new contract for LMUK from the Ministry of Justice, highlighted in the Sunday Times yesterday, plus two others won in recent weeks are collectively worth an estimated £200 million and will provide a further boost to this fast growing UK based business. The UK Ministry of Justice contract award is for the provision of a range of information technology (IT) services all designed to introduce significant operational efficiencies and ensure security of information and communications within the government, defence and commercial sectors. As a direct result of the three contract awards together with organic based growth across other similar programmes the company has succeeded in growing its UK IT services and cyber security business by more than 40 per cent this year alone.

LMUK now intends to further expand its footprint through the creation of 200 new positions which will be based in London and the South West of England. The largest of the three individual contract awards is a five-year IT services based contract with the UK Ministry of Justice (MOJ). It is I understand one of the largest single IT service contract awards won by LMUK to date and it underpins the company’s growing position in the UK IT services sector. My understanding is that the Ministry of Justice currently provides IT services to approximately 90,000 users across the estate which includes more than 600 courts, assizes and tribunals and over 100 prisons. As the provider of Service Integration and Management (SIAM) services to the MOJ, Lockheed Martin will manage the transition of existing services to a new operational model and manage the day-to-day delivery of a wide range of supplier services. LMUK will work with the MOJ to ensure efficiencies are fully delivered, services are standardized and that enhanced service levels and targets are met regardless of which company is delivering them.

Lockheed Martin Corporation is already the US governments leading IT services provider and the ability of LMUK to reach back to expertise developed in the US and to work in partnership with the UK supply chain to deliver comprehensive and proven IT solutions leaves the company well placed to gain further business.

A second contract refers to a breakthrough award in the commercial sector from a pharmaceutical giant requires the LMUK Farnborough based information and communications technology team developing a range of cyber security systems that will protect the customers internal network from potential external security threats. LMUK will also be supplying similar cyber security services to NATO operations in Brussels and I understand that the company is also looking to secure a significantly larger contract for work associated with the new NATO headquarters building.

It is clear that key to the various successes so far are strong relationships and the ability to work with supply chain partners. IT service contracts such as these often have very complex requirements that require a combination of proven and developed advanced technology and the necessary skills and proven abili

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