Lockheed Martin Awarded $30.8 Million to Develop Next Phase of National Cyber Range
ORLANDO, Fla., 02/03/2010 --
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) was awarded a $30.8 million contract for Phase II of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) National Cyber Range (NCR) program. It follows completion of a $5.4 million contract for the initial development phase of the NCR awarded in early 2009. DARPA's NCR is part of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, a major government-wide effort to increase the nation's defenses against electronic attack.
In Phase I of the NCR program, DARPA and its industry team created initial conceptual designs, concepts of operation, and detailed engineering and system demonstration plans. In Phase II, DARPA will work with Lockheed Martin and the Johns Hopkins University - Applied Physics Laboratory to build and evaluate prototype ranges and their corresponding technology. The NCR will support large-scale cyber testing, providing fully automated range management and test management suites to assess and validate leap-ahead cyber research technologies and systems, and to help DARPA identify new research directions.Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training & Support will lead a team of experienced cyber technologists from across the Corporation, including talent from Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories and Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Services.
"Our nation needs to accelerate the development and deployment of highly effective cyber weapons and defenses to secure our homeland and sustain our military advantage," said Debra Palmer, vice president of STS Enterprise Logistics Solutions. "The Flexible Adaptive Cyber Technology Range Initial Operating Capability we are developing under NCR Phase II will provide DARPA a robust demonstrator of how of high fidelity, automated test technology will enable leap ahead advances in cyber security and cyber warfare capabilities to address a critical global security challenge."
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2009 sales of $45.2 billion.