HUNTSVILLE, AL (WSFA) - Lockheed Martin announced Wednesday that it is partnering with three universities to establish a program in Huntsville, Ala., that will support small businesses and universities participating in federal technology programs. The universitys include Auburn University, Tuskegee University and the University of Alabama at Huntsville.
Called the Lockheed Martin Innovation Marketplace, the program will support private sector and academic sector technologists in participating in the Department of Defense's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Technology Transfer (STTR) and Mentor Protege programs.
"Working together, Lockheed Martin and our university partners will further increase our active support of Department of Defense programs for small business and academic technology research," said John W. Holly, vice president of Missile Defense Systems, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. "This local-level initiative will provide national-level benefits by helping bring more cutting-edge technologies into the systems our war fighters rely upon to defend our country."
The Lockheed Martin Innovation Marketplace will focus on supporting emerging technology for missile defense applications. As part of the program, Lockheed Martin will provide a center on its Bradford Drive campus in Huntsville. The center will open by the end of this year and initially will provide researchers with a conference room with meeting and work space, as well as high-speed network connections to similar Lockheed Martin centers such as those in Washington, D.C., and San Diego, Calif.
INFORMATION SOURCE: Lockheed Martin