How 21st Century Warfare is Coming into Focus

How Lockheed Martin is Helping 21st Century Warfare
Come into Focus for the U.S. Air Force

Military assets of the 21st century perform best together – across air, sea, land, space and cyber and across allied nations. As the U.S. Air Force continues to make progress toward a vision known as Joint All-Domain Operations (JADO) that connects all existing and future platforms to bring a joint operational concept to reality, Lockheed Martin will be there every step of the way.

Step one begins with a focus inward on mission-driven transformation. We’re bringing speed, connectivity and intelligence capabilities to the fight today with the future force in mind. And how we’re doing that is by helping the U.S. Air Force maintain its vision for the World’s Greatest Air Force – Powered by Airmen, Fueled by Innovation and the U.S. Space Force Guardians’ mission to defend the freedom to operate in space.

Here are some of the ways we’re empowering 21st century Airmen and Guardians on their steps on that journey: 

Data Dominance

We’re maximizing connectivity across the total force to help our warfighters win from every domain. Our 21 st Century Warfare vision increases access to information and intelligence to empower warfighters with the data needed to quickly make decisions that drive action. By leveraging technologies like open systems architecture (OSA), directed energy, artificial intelligence and machine learning, we can use data as a strategic asset in the joint battlespace and ensure mission success.  
One way to increase connectivity is with our advanced 5G.MIL™ technology that securely connects all assets in the joint battlespace and enables prompt and decisive action. 5G.MIL technologies will bring greater connectivity, faster and more reliable networks, and new data capabilities to navigate the complexity of 21 st century battlefields. As a result, warfighters can expect better operations in contested and denied environments to perform their missions anywhere in the world.
The F-35 plays an essential role in 21 st Century Warfare, using its advanced sensors and connectivity to gather, analyze and seamlessly share critical information across platforms, services and allied nations. The 5 th Generation fighter has been a critical part of a series of demonstrations that began in 2013 to demonstrate the power of OSA in connecting and rapidly fielding new capabilities when they are needed most.
We’re combining more than 60 years of proven tanker performance with the latest technologies to deliver the LMXT for the U.S. Air Force. The strategic tanker will be equipped with state-of-the-art communications and situational awareness capabilities to support JADO.
Bringing more data to pilots, our Legion Pod® equipped with IRST21® technology, now has a dedicated datalink available for pod-to-pod communication, establishing near instantaneous range to targets and reducing the workload for pilots. Legion Pod’s datalink allows pilots to share infrared data across a secure network, further reducing the timeline for pilots to engage a weapon, if needed, without sacrificing time.
We’re developing the TPY-4 – a next gen radar for next gen threats. The radar provides air defense surveillance, even in contested environments, so the warfighter can detect and track current and emerging threats better and farther. TPY-4 offers multi-mission capabilities, such as early warning, situational awareness, tactical ballistic missile surveillance and air defense. In a JADO environment, TPY-4 uses its connected architecture to scan the intricate battlefield and deliver robust data that informs decisions in real time.
In addition to collecting, analyzing and sharing data, protecting the information is equally as important. That’s why for all of our products, cyber is intentionally designed in from the component up to the overall system architecture level. Lockheed Martin’s Hardened Security is one example of this type of defense, providing edge to cloud protection of vital information and defense against complex threats, further enabling the full power of secure 5G.MIL networks.

From the early stages of conceptual design through maintenance and sustainment, we’re infusing digital approaches and disruptive innovation in our processes, technology and tools to drive faster deliveries, agile responsiveness and data-driven insights for our customers around the globe.

Our solution for the Stand-in Attack Weapon (SiAW) is one example of how we are partnering with the U.S. Air Force to transform our approach to digital acquisitions. Our SiAW offering leverages designs from some of our highly matured deep strike weapon technologies and internal investments, while incorporating agile software, model-based digital environments and OSA to keep pace with evolving threats. That digital thread will continue as we integrate SiAW onto the F-35, adding more multi-role mission capabilities and new integrated technologies for JADO – further asserting the F-35 as the most lethal and survivable aircraft in the world.

With Project StarDrive, our Skunk Works® team is building on lessons learned on CHARLIE and POLARIS to develop and design current and future systems in a fully integrated digital environment. Using the digital thread, we have been able to bring in manufacturing simulation and planning much earlier in the product lifecycle, getting ahead of potential issues and reducing redlines during prototyping.

SDA Transport Layer Tranche 0 is another great example of how we’re using digital engineering to help us meet rapid acquisition timelines while delivering high-rate production to keep pace with threats, technology and innovation. Tranche 0 is the first step toward building an interoperable, connected secure mesh network to enable JADO.

Our clear vision from the top is transforming the way we work to enable 21st Century Warfighting in a 5G world. Strategic investments in emerging technologies and digital infrastructure are delivering results, such as with SiAW, StarDrive and more. We are lowering aircraft cost, improving quality, and reducing time-to-market to deliver mission-driven solutions and equip the warfighter with the tools needed to succeed in the network-connected battlespace.