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Leveraging C4ISR Expertise to Help US Navy Improve Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Effectiveness

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Honolulu HI (SPX) May 05, 2011
Lockheed Martin has been selected to help the U.S. Navy develop technologies that will accelerate the ability of military, government, and civilian agencies to respond more effectively to natural and man-made disasters.

The Naval Air Systems Command, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to support U.S. Marine Corps, Pacific, in developing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief technologies. This two year effort is valued at $1.9 million.

"We are excited to work with the Naval Air Systems Command to improve disaster response capabilities - so that life-saving assistance can be focused where it is most needed," said Jim Quinn, vice president of C4ISR Systems with Lockheed Martin's IS and GS-Defense.

"We'll leverage our C4ISR expertise to determine how these technologies can be used to improve responsiveness and effectiveness during crisis relief operations."

Using the knowledge it has in information management communications, analysis, and dissemination, Lockheed Martin will help identify and integrate C4ISR technologies and software applications that can provide networking, collaboration and communications tools to first responders.

The goal is to develop tools that would give responders additional sensors in the affected environment during complex crisis situations through activities such as providing first-hand information, assisting with evacuation plans and directing the distribution of supplies. Capabilities developed will be demonstrated during exercises with the Third Marine Regiment and during multi-national Pacific Endeavor humanitarian workshops sponsored by the U.S. Pacific Command.

Lockheed Martin will work with a humanitarian assistance/disaster relief collaboration and communications focus group led by the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, Experimentation Center, the Office of Naval Research, and the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance.

Work on the humanitarian assistance/disaster relief C4 project will be performed at the Lockheed Martin facility adjacent to Honolulu International Airport and at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii.




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