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Monday, September 29, 2014

Lockheed Martin CEO Highlights Tech Initiatives in Difficult Times

Juliet Van Wagenen

Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson
Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson. Photo: Lockheed Martin

[Avionics Today 09-29-2014] Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson shared her vision for the future in a speech to 500 of the aerospace and defense manufacturer’s engineering, technical and scientific professionals on Wednesday.

In her speech, Hewson outlined the company’s technology initiatives, touching on the growing demand for resources and increasing cyber security, which she highlighted as a growing necessity.

“Conflicts in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa are cause for global concern. And terrorism continues to be a major threat to our nation and to our allies. Cyber security is a massive and evolving danger. Hackers have the potential to steal our most important data, to shut down major infrastructure, and to cripple economies, governments and nations,” Hewson said, encouraging employees to focus efforts on protecting against these rising threats.

Hewson also touched on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education efforts and encouraged the audience to collaborate across the globe, connect technology development efforts to meet future customer needs and help inspire the next generation of technical leaders.

“These are challenging times, and we face increasingly constrained resources. We must work together to relentlessly prioritize our investments in support of our common vision. I need your help to inform our investment decisions, and prioritize our research and development so that we can have the biggest impact for our customers,” Hewson said, noting the finite pool of research and development funding available and stressing that company collaboration would be necessary to stretch the budget as far as possible.

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