Lockheed Martin and Microsoft announce landmark agreement on advanced technologies and classified clouds

Strategic insight

Yvonne Hodge, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Business and Digital Transformation, and Chief Information Officer, Lockheed Martin:

“Through this historic agreement, Lockheed Martin and Microsoft are breaking new ground in classified cloud, artificial intelligence and 5G.MIL® capabilities for the Department of Defense. We are creating faster 21st century security solutions, safer and more affordable systems that infuse immersive experiences and other advanced commercial technologies into the most capable defense systems. We are confident that this unique combination of capabilities will help our customers stay ahead of new threats and new challenges.

Jason Zander, Executive Vice President, Missions and Strategic Technologies, Microsoft:

“Our national security leaders need an unassailable information advantage, which is why we’re bringing the power of the hyperscale cloud to accelerate their national security missions. In partnership with Lockheed Martin, we’re demonstrating how the base defense industry can bring classified data to the cloud securely while providing advanced 5G connectivity, critical data processing and analytics, and immersive experiences are brought to the edge to support decision making where it’s needed, when it’s needed.Lockheed Martin is a valued partner in this effort, and we will continue to innovate and explore the art to make it possible to support national security.”

Additional context

Classified Cloud Innovations

Lockheed Martin is the first member of the Defense Industrial Base to use Microsoft’s all-new National Industrial Security Program (NISP) cloud framework after a year-long pilot. Development work for the classified and unclassified cloud environments is already underway, with expectations that the project will be operational in 2023.

Microsoft’s first-of-its-kind technology will enable Lockheed Martin to dynamically scale computing needs under authorized guidelines and directly serve mission workloads inside Azure Government Secret, including programs with very limited specialties.

This allows Lockheed Martin to:

  • Modernize its legacy classified on-premises systems to owned and operated Azure Government Secret cloud tenants
  • Empower near-real-time cybersecurity reporting and compliance monitoring.
  • Quickly create authorized mission workloads
  • Improve the company’s computing and research and development capabilities
  • Develop business efficiency
  • Host autonomous cloud administration for the enterprise, centralized collaboration and
  • Secure control on a large scale.

AI/ML, modeling and simulation capabilities

As part of the agreement, Lockheed Martin will partner with Microsoft to leverage Microsoft’s advanced gaming, training, modeling and simulation (GEMS) and emulation solutions to bring planning and military coordination through immersive environments. Using GEMS technology, Lockheed Martin and its customers can test military platforms and technologies that drive joint operations in all domains on a digital platform. Such capabilities have the potential to reduce costs for DOD and minimize risk to service members by providing a digital alternative to certain military exercises.

5G.MIL programs

Using Microsoft Azure solutions and Lockheed Martin’s 5G.MIL technologies, companies will continue to develop secure and resilient communications systems that are interoperable with and seamlessly connect to existing DOD networks. Key developments include a 5G tactical core, managing and orchestrating large-scale applications and networks, and cloud-native security. The companies will also promote space domain connections for tight and infrastructure light environments.

Advancing Lockheed Martin’s digital transformation

With Azure as a foundation, Lockheed Martin will advance its business and digital transformation called 1LMX. By transforming its end-to-end business processes and systems, Lockheed Martin is creating a model-driven enterprise with a fully integrated digital thread throughout the entire product lifecycle (design, build and sustain). 1LMX improves the company’s speed, agility, insight and competitiveness in delivering the next generation of Department of Defense systems. As part of this transformation, Lockheed Martin will become a multi-cloud environment in the unclassified space with Microsoft Azure as its cloud provider.

Lockheed Martin’s adoption of the Azure cloud will provide unmatched protection across devices, clouds, apps and platforms. Microsoft’s industry-leading cybersecurity is built on massive signal depth and diversity of over 24 trillion per day, combined with industry-leading AI/ML and a global team of security experts.

What is new ?

Lockheed Martin and Microsoft will continue to develop each of the four critical areas and demonstrate a series of progressively more complex capabilities through 2023. The capabilities opened up by this collaboration will apply to a variety of defense applications in all domains: land, sea, air , space and cybernetics.


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