Robert E. (Rob) Mullins

Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development


Rob Mullins is senior vice president of Corporate Strategy and Development for Lockheed Martin Corporation. As part of his role in leading the corporation’s enterprise strategy and mergers and acquisitions activities, Dr. Mullins is responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive organic and inorganic strategies that will position Lockheed Martin for predictable and sustainable business growth.

Dr. Mullins joined Lockheed Martin in March 2018 as the vice president of Strategy and Business Development for Lockheed Martin’s Space business area.

With more than 20 years of experience in aerospace and defense strategy and business development, Dr. Mullins has successfully led corporate strategy and development organizations for several public companies.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, he served as executive vice president, Corporate Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions, at Cobham plc, a United Kingdom-based aerospace and defense company. Before joining Cobham, Dr. Mullins was senior vice president, Corporate Strategy, for Alliant Techsystems (ATK), a Fortune 500 aerospace and defense firm that is now part of Northrop Grumman Corporation following the completion of its acquisition of OrbitalATK.  

Earlier in his career, Dr. Mullins also held a variety of corporate and operational leadership roles with Northrop Grumman.  While a member of the permanent research staff at the RAND Corporation, he completed a two-year assignment in the U.S. Department of Defense as special assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff, Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force.

A specialist in the strategic behaviors of organizations and nation states, Dr. Mullins has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and a book (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) that examines the impact of organizational culture on strategic and force structure choices in military institutions.  

Dr. Mullins has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Franklin & Marshall College and a Master of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2000, he received his Doctor of Philosophy in War Studies from King’s College, University of London.