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Lockheed Martin Skunk Works setting the standard for innovation

About Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company. The company is primarily involved in the research, design, manufacture, integration, and maintenance of advanced technology systems, products, and services.

The Idea and Implementation

Skunk Works,  is an official pseudonym for Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs, formerly called Lockheed Advanced Development Projects. It was a secret Lockheed R&D division, that was tasked with building a jet fighter for the United States during World War II. When the Air Tactical Service Command of the United States Army approached the company about the military’s need for jet fighters to oppose Nazi Germany’s airpower, Kelly Johnson, Lockheed’s Chief Engineer was assigned to lead the project. Kelly and his team completed building the XP-80 Shooting Star jet fighter seven days ahead of schedule. Kelly’s positive attitude is recognized in the project’s pace and success.

The Skunk Works division over the years constructed the world’s most experimental aircraft and revolutionary technologies. The semisecret Google X lab and the lab built by Steve Jobs to build the Macintosh computer are two prominent examples of Skunk Works projects.

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