Scouting A New Era of Defense
In the early days of defense, it was up to a small team of daring scouts to survey the surrounding scene and offer valuable information about environmental features and dangers ahead. Today, Lockheed Martin is taking a similar approach for a broader and more integrated battlefield.
Vice President of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Advanced Programs Jason Reynolds leads a team of bright professionals dedicated to scouting advanced technologies that will tackle 21st Century Security challenges.
“As the battlespace becomes increasingly complex, it’s no longer enough to know what our customers want but to anticipate what they don’t even know they need for the future,” said Jason. “Advanced Programs is out in front of Lockheed Martin’s traditional product solutions to make sure we’re on the right path.”
“Advanced Programs is the place where things happen unexpectedly, and Scouts have to be comfortable in that environment,” said Jason. “The goal is not always to get it right the first time but to try, fail fast, learn, try again and repeat that process until we succeed.”
In the past decade alone, our Scouts have leveraged tools and best practices from our customers and across the enterprise to design and demonstrate next generation technologies that have defied expectations. From exploring synchronized capabilities across warfighting domains to scaling Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, the team is discovering ways to continue building on the learned knowledge from existing frameworks and legacy hardware to tap into a new arsenal of capabilities.
“Instead of focusing on what we don’t know, we have to start with what we do and leverage data as a strategic asset,” said Jason. “We’re now seeing how we’re adding to our core capabilities to deliver for our customers in ways that haven’t been done before.”
To sift through decades of data, our Scouts are integrating artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning into their processes, technologies and tools. By doing so, they’re able to gain insights that set our programs on a fast-track to fielding.
“Adopting a digitally connected, model-based enterprise is the first step to delivering reliable, affordable solutions to our customers,” said Vice President of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Advanced Programs Execution and Transition Steven Botwinik. “In fact, many of the discriminating technologies that protect the U.S. military forces and its allies today came from forward-looking research and development efforts in Advanced Programs.”
“Lockheed Martin’s mission is to ensure that the U.S. military and its allies remain ahead of the evolving threat environment” said Steven. “One way we’re making this happen is by implementing rapid prototyping and investing in advanced computing capabilities that promise fast, formidable and decisive action.”
The seamless infusion of digital engineering into the fabric of Lockheed Martin enables our teams to efficiently develop cost-effective solutions that better protect warfighters and preserve global threat deterrence.
“At Lockheed Martin, we’re always anticipating what’s next and partnering with our customers to look for the next generation of capabilities,” said Jason.
Realizing the 21st Century Security vision relies on a team of Scouts determined to pioneer new approaches that will help keep U.S. and allied forces ahead of ready. By bringing in today’s top talent, Lockheed Martin is able to deliver sustainable solutions to tomorrow’s toughest challenges.
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