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:
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.