The Missile Defense All-Stars: Making a Difference When Every Second Counts
Have you ever contributed to an international shield of defense; developed technologies akin to stopping a bullet with a bullet; or strengthened the layered systems that help keep citizens, infrastructure and deployed forces safe?
These don’t sound like any ordinary day jobs, but at Lockheed Martin – we’re engineering the technology that does just that. Every day, the brightest minds from around our company work hand in hand to design, develop and produce missile defense solutions that meet high-stakes situations with the highest degrees of agility, accuracy and precision.
Making Every Second Count
Kevin Silvia, a systems engineer who works on Lockheed Martin’s Command and Control Battle Management Communications (C2BMC) System, knows just how crucial a split second can be. C2BMC is the cornerstone of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), connecting autonomous sensors, weapon systems, and fire control to create a global network capable of intercepting and destroying missiles – twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
So where does Kevin fit into this picture? Leveraging decades of experience, he focuses on developing the operational concepts behind C2BMC and transforming the Missile Defense Agency’s requirements into reality.
“Working at Lockheed Martin has given me the opportunity to contribute to advanced, leading edge technologies that are vitally important to the U.S. and our allies,” said Kevin. “The various missile defense programs we have available empower me to help build systems, which if needed, will one day save the lives of our citizens and the lives of our soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen operating around the world.”
Sharpening the Cutting Edge
Andrea Hellwig, a mechanical engineer with unique experiences in the development of missile defense platforms, is most comfortable when she’s on the cutting edge, exploring endless possibilities and discovering innovative answers. Andrea’s experiences have spanned across the missile defense spectrum, but she has spent a considerable amount of time on programs like the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) System.
“The exciting part of development is you don’t have the final answer yet. You have an idea of where you want to go, and you continually push the envelope of what is possible until you reach a solution,” said Andrea. “My job enables me to work on detailed components or step back and look at the larger picture of the entire weapon system – there’s a new challenge every day.”
Stepping Up to the Challenge
For Jack VanHook, displaying intuitive data for warfighters and simulation experts around the world is his mission. As a software engineer, Jack writes the visualizations and algorithms that help transform vast amounts of missile defense data into digestible, actionable visuals for the end user.
“The industry is heading into a realm where decision makers need answers quickly, and visual data plays a vital role in those scenarios,” said Jack. “When a new threat is found, we’re able to get answers quickly by having reliable data that is clearly presented.”
Every day, Jack and his team step up to the challenge and work side by side to develop these crucial technologies.
“We work on an agile team – we work together and come up with solutions, collaborate, voice opinions, draw on whiteboards and hammer out ideas,” Jack said.
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