Lockheed Martin is partnering with the U.S. Navy to integrate hypersonic strike capability onto surface ships. The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a contract worth more than $2 billion, if all options are exercised, to integrate the Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS) weapon system onto ZUMWALT-class guided missile destroyers (DDGs). CPS is a hypersonic boost-glide weapon system that enables long range missile flight at speeds greater than Mach 5, with high survivability against enemy defenses.

Under this contract, prime contractor Lockheed Martin will provide launcher systems, weapon control, All Up Rounds (AURs), which are the integrated missile components, and platform integration support for this naval platform. The company, along with industry partners including subcontractors Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics Mission Systems, is on track to provide the CPS surface-launched, sea-based hypersonic strike capability to sailors by the mid-2020s. The contract also provides for additional AURs plus canisters for the U.S. Army’s Long Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW)  testing, training and tactical employment.

Layoffs: KPMG

With a downturn in consulting, KPMG is one of the firms planning layoffs, according to the Financial Times. Carl Carande, vice-chair of KPMG’s U.S. advisory business said in a memo to staff that the cuts were needed to “better align our workforce with current and anticipated demand in the market.” The layoff will impact 2% of their U.S. staff, or roughly 700 people.

Hiring: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin is looking to beef up its hiring this year in Salina, NY. The aerospace contractor has plans to add 300 people in upstate New York, growing the campus to its largest size in the last 10 years. VP of radar and sensor systems at general manager for the plant at Lockheed Martin, Chandra Marshall, shared that they’ll be looking to hire for engineering and manufacturing positions. She said that most of the new jobs this year will be in software, systems, hardware, power, radio frequency, and mechanical engineering.

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Opportunity to Watch

The Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) just welcomed seven new members to their board of directors. Letitia Long leads the 18-member board. INSA is the leading nonpartisan association for driving public-private partnerships to advance intelligence and national security priorities.

Six directors were elected to serve three-year terms and one was appointed to fill a vacancy for a two-year term.

The new Board members are:

  • David Appel, Vice President, Amazon Web Services
  • Kelly Ferrell, Senior Vice President, Intelligence and Homeland Security Division, GDIT
  • Steve Homeyer, VP for Defense & Space Intelligence, BAE Systems (*appointed to a two-year term)
  • Jennifer Krischer, Vice President & General Manager for Intelligence Programs, Maxar Technologies
  • Todd Probert, President, National Security and Innovative Solutions Sector, CACI International
  • Vernon Saunders, CEO, Freedom Consulting Group
  • Jen Sovada, President, Public Sector, SandboxAQ

“We are privileged to have such a committed and talented group of leaders joining our board,” said INSA Chairwoman Letitia A. Long. “Already, we have a wealth of experience and expertise among our directors and with our newly welcomed colleagues, we are positioned for even greater success.”

Outgoing members from INSA’s board include the following: Tony Frazier, Maxar Technologies; Peder Jungck, BAE Systems; Michael LaRouche, SAIC; Leigh Palmer, Google; Teresa Shea; Jennifer Walsmith, Northrop Grumman; and Howard Weitzner.

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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.