Center for Innovation


The Lighthouse

The Center for Innovation (also known as The Lighthouse) represents the intersection of Lockheed Martin’s commitment to national defense and passion for innovation.

The center provides both a physical and virtual portal into the vast network of Lockheed Martin’s laboratories, research centers and engineering facilities.

Designed as a 50,000 square foot, high-end operations center, it is part of Lockheed Martin’s investment in global research and development programs and infrastructure.

It is this unique infrastructure, optimized for collaborative experimentation and analysis, which has facilitated numerous Cooperative Research And Development Agreements (CRADA), as well as Human In The Loop (HITL) experiments and analytical efforts, between Lockheed Martin and its government, international, academic and industry partners.


What We Do

We are the center for defense tech, multidomain integration, experimentation, wargaming, tabletop exercises, modeling and simulation, and decision analysis in both real and synthetic environments. We bring engineers and operators together to create Innovation. 

We partner with government and industry teams to tackle complex problems and develop new concepts and capabilities.



New warfighting concepts are explored within conceptually immersive environments, generating decisions, actions, and interactions amongst players.

Tabletop Exercises

Tabletop exercises (TTX) broaden understanding of complex topics by providing insight that drives informed decisions.

Analytical Workshops

Analytical workshops derive insight from data gathered during specific activities designed to generate and capture brainstorming between event participants.

Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) Experimentation

LVC experiments are designed to exercise and assess the performance of various combinations of organization, procedures and enabling technologies under realistic, repeatable conditions in a tailored experimental environment.



Complex, Tailored Demonstration

Tailored demonstrations of concept platform, system, or system of systems performance are executed for each target audience of decision makers, influencers, customers and/or industry partners.



Modeling and Simulation

Modeling and simulation capabilities are shared through access to corporate and government networks into a single collaborative environment. This capability is highly agile and designed to support the rapid pace of innovation.




What's Inside

  • 50,000 sq ft of reconfigurable space designed to immerse customers in an operations environment to address their most challenging missions

  • A resource available to government, industry, academia and international partners

  • Advanced suite of collaboration, analysis and decision support tools

  • Connectivity to secure government, academic and commercial high bandwidth networks

  • Numerous spaces to support break-out meetings and small workgroups

  • Live and virtual brainstorming capabilities

  • Immersive simulations and simulators, high-definition visualization, interactive video walls, and secure video teleconferencing

  • Exterior vehicle equipment pads and adjacent 6-acre cantonment area

  • Knowledge of both domestic and international protocol

  • Event logistics expertise (agendas, catering, hotels, transportation, etc.)




Who We Are

Our People

The Lighthouse team is staffed by trained specialists in operations analysis, information technology and audio visual, security, engineering, and operational domains.



Where We Are


The Lighthouse is strategically situated in close proximity to the largest concentrations of 3- and 4-star operational commands representing all U.S. military service branches. 

These commands are tasked with manning, training, equipping, providing operational forces, concept development, doctrine, and conducting research and development.

8000 Harborview Boulevard 
Suffolk, Virginia 23435


Located near the heart of Hampton Roads and the government partners chartered with examining the future through innovation, collaboration and experimentation.

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We're engineering a better tomorrow.

Your individual skills play a critical role in changing the way the world works and helping us develop products that make it a safer place to achieve your goals. Our teams are made up of diverse employees from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds, working together to tackle complex challenges and push the boundaries of innovation.

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