is a multinational aerospace manufacturer, global security and advanced technology company formed in 1995 by the merger of Lockheed with Martin Marietta. It is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Lockheed Martin employs 146,000 people worldwide. Robert J. Stevens is the current Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer.
Lockheed Martin is the world's largest defense contractor by revenue in 2008. As of 2005[update], 95% of Lockheed Martin's revenues came from the United States Department of Defense, other U.S. federal government agencies, and foreign military customers.
A team led by prime contractor Lockheed Martin won the 2006 Collier Trophy for the development of the F-22 Raptor fighter jet.
Merger talks between Lockheed Corporation and Martin Marietta began in March 1994, with the companies announcing their $10 billion planned merge on August 30, 1994. The deal was finalized on March 15, 1995 when the two companies' shareholders approved the merger. The segments of the two companies not retained by the new company formed the basis for the present L-3 Communications, a mid-size defense contractor in its own right.
Both companies contributed important products to the new portfolio. Lockheed products included the Trident missile, P-3 Orion, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-22 Raptor, C-130 Hercules, A-4AR Fightinghawk and the DSCS-3 satellite. Martin Marietta products included Titan rockets, Sandia National Laboratories (management contract acquired in 1993), Space Shuttle External Tank, Viking 1 and Viking 2 landers, the Transfer Orbit Stage (under subcontract to Orbital Sciences Corporation) and various satellite models.
On April 22, 1996, Lockheed Martin completed the acquisition of Loral Corporation's defense electronics and system integration businesses for $9.1 billion, the deal having been announced in January. The remainder of Loral became Loral Space & Communications.
Lockheed Martin abandoned plans for a $8.3 billion merger with Northrop Grumman on July 16, 1998, due to government concerns over the potential strength of the new group; Lockheed/Northrop would have had control of 25% of the Department of Defense's procurement budget.
Lockheed Martin provided NASA with measurements in imperial force units when metric was required, resulting in the loss of the Mars Climate Orbiter at a cost of $125 million.
In May 2000, Lockheed Martin sold Lockheed Martin Control Systems to BAE Systems. On November 27, 2000, Lockheed completed the sale of its Aerospace Electronic Systems business to BAE Systems for $1.67 billion, a deal announced in July 2000. This group encompassed Sanders Associates, Fairchild Systems, and Lockheed Martin Space Electronics & Communications.
In 2001, Lockheed Martin won the contract to build the F-35 Lightning II; this was largest fighter aircraft procurement project since the F-16, with an initial order of 3,000 worth $200 billion before export orders.
In 2001, Lockheed Martin settled a nine year investigation conducted by NASA's Office of Inspector General with the assistance of the Defense Contract Audit Agency. The company paid the United States government $7.1 million based on allegations that its predecessor, Lockheed Engineering Science Corporation, submitted false lease costs claims to NASA.
On May 12, 2006, The Washington Post reported that when Robert Stevens took control of Lockheed Martin in 2004, he faced the dilemma that within 10 years 100,000 of the about 130,000 Lockheed Martin employees - more than three-quarters - would be retiring.
On August 31, 2006, Lockheed Martin won a $3.9 billion contract from NASA to design and build the CEV capsule, also known as Orion the next spacecraft for human flight for the Ares I rocket in the Constellation Program.
On August 13, 2008, Lockheed Martin acquires the government business unit of Nantero, Inc., a company that had developed methods and processes for incorporating carbon nanotubes in next-generation electronic devices.
 Canadian census
The Canadian website Vive le Canada ran a campaign from 2004 to 2006 to protest Lockheed Martin's involvement with the Canadian census. The campaign raised privacy concerns, noting that as an American company, all information gathered by Lockheed Martin can be collected by the US government under provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act, and with Lockheed Martin's implicit involvement with the war in Iraq. The campaign, called "Count Me Out", was a response to Statistic Canada's census campaign "Count Me In", and offered information on Lockheed's involvement with the census. It included an email form letter visitors could edit and send to Chief Statistician Ivan Fellegi opposing Lockheed's involvement, and prompted some to refuse to fill out the census forms.
 University of New Brunswick protest
On January 20, 2009, a group of students and community members from the Strax social justice group in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, saturated the University of New Brunswick campus with notices that Lockheed Martin, "the world's largest military contractor" would be coming to campus to recruit computer science and engineering students. The posters provided information about the manufacturing of internationally condemned cluster bombs by Lockheed Martin, and details its close relationship with the Bush administration. Lockheed Martin cancelled their recruitment session at the last minute, and stated that they wanted to "err on the side of caution."'
C-130 Hercules; in production since the 1950s, now as the C-130J
Lockheed Martin/BAE/Northrop Grumman X-35 (F-35 Prototype)
Submarine launch of a Lockheed Trident missile
* Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
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 Electronic Systems
* Lockheed Martin Canada
* Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors
* Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
* Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training and Support
* Lockheed Martin Systems Integration - Owego
* Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories
* Sandia Corporation
 Information Systems and Global Services
* Lockheed Martin IS&GS-Civil
* Lockheed Martin IS&GS-Defense
* Lockheed Martin IS&GS-Intelligence
* Lockheed Martin IS&GS-Global
* Lockheed Martin IS&GS Readiness & Stability Operations
* Lockheed Martin IS&GS Enterprise Integration
o Lockheed Martin Orincon
o Lockheed Martin STASYS
* Lockheed Martin Technology Ventures
* Lockheed Martin Space Systems
* LMC Properties
* Lockheed Martin Aircraft Argentina SA (formerly Fabrica Militar de Aviones)
* Lockheed Martin Enterprise Business Services
* Lockheed Martin Finance Corporation
* Lockheed Martin U.K.
 Joint ventures
* International Launch Services (with Khrunichev, RSC Energia)
* Lockheed Martin Alenia Tactical Transport Systems (with Finmeccanica-Alenia, now folded)
* MEADS International (with EADS and MBDA)
* Space Imaging (46%, remainder public)
* United Launch Alliance (with Boeing)
* United Space Alliance (with Boeing)
* Kelly Aviation Center (with GE and Rolls-Royce)
* Protector USV - an unmanned surface vehicle with RAFAEL Armament Development Authority and BAE Systems
* Defense Support Services (DS2) (with Day & Zimmermann) official site