MST Brings People, Technology Together
Lockheed Martin combines strong program development, training teams to form new business
From shooting down missiles in space to mapping the sea bottom with autonomous submersibles, today’s technologies can accomplish great things – if the people operating them know how to use them.
Too often a product fails to deliver its full promise when the operator does not receive proper training. Lockheed Martin took a significant step in addressing that disconnect with the creation of its new Mission Systems and Training (MST) business on Dec. 31.
The company combined its Mission Systems & Sensors (MS2) business that included programs such as Aegis, Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), MH-60 helicopter and various radar systems with a portion of its Global Training and Logistics (GTL) unit that focused on training, simulation and sustainment.
The restructuring, which included expanding the Missiles and Fire Control business with the remaining parts of GTL, will save the company more than $50 million annually. More importantly for MST, it creates an organization that can increase the integration and support of its products.
“We spend a lot of time developing hardware and software and integrating them to bring tremendous capability to the warfighter, but our products can’t reach their full potential if we don’t properly train the operators,” said Dale Bennett, MST’s executive vice president who had previously served as president of both MS2 and GTL. “We have now brought the technical and people sides of the business together, which will enable us to serve our customers better.”
With more than 18,000 employees, MST has in excess of 500 programs for U.S. military, government, industrial and research customers around the world. With the complementary nature of the new business’ expertise, Bennett sees increased opportunities internationally and in the sustainment of programs such as the LCS and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
“Our Training and Logistics Solutions (formerly GTL) business already has a strong international footprint,” Bennett said. “This will help us leverage some of our technology in a commercial way. That group thinks a little differently and goes to market a little differently that a traditional defense contractor. For commercial business, you have to go at the speed of the market. We’re better positioned to do that now.”
Posted on January 4, 2013