The first company to move into the newly opened Tech Complex at Port San Antonio will be Lockheed Martin, which plans to launch its Cyber Solutions operations within more than 15,000 square feet of workspace beginning in early 2019.
The Tech Complex is the first milestone in Port San Antonio’s Project Tech conceptual plan and serves as a cornerstone in the cybersecurity ecosystem at the Port, where over 1,000 cyber professionals work currently. The Port designed the new 90,000-square-foot Tech Complex as a specialized cyber-capable building to support the growth of the region’s cybersecurity and other advanced technology sectors.
The state-of-the-art facility can be customized to meet specific needs of the growing number of cyber operations at the Port. Those organizations and companies require secure spaces (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility or SCIF) with special requirements for power, security, and communications, as well as office space to facilitate public- and private-sector clients and partners working on-site.
“We are inspired by our customers’ missions and seek to partner with them to make the world a safer place,” stated Deon Viergutz, Lockheed Martin vice president of Cyber Solutions. “By increasing our investment in the area of cyberspace mission support, we are better-positioned to support the growing needs of organizations on or near the Port, such as the 24th and 25th Air Forces and the National Security Agency.”
Port San Antonio interim president and CEO Jim Perschbach said this advances the Port’s vision to grow San Antonio’s applied technology platform—specifically, with the Port connecting cybersecurity, defense, aviation, and other mature industries in the region.
“We’re trying to position San Antonio as a center of value, where you satisfy customer needs in one place,” Perschbach told Startups San Antonio. “We’re implementing the technology approach of working on an innovation challenge from ‘nose to tail’ as it is done now in the aviation world, where you place the problem solvers near the challenge to be addressed.”
Lockheed Martin expects the new space will trigger the growth of over 100 new jobs to support its cybersecurity-related work, according to David C. Hathaway, business development lead for Lockheed Martin’s Cyber Solutions Division. Hathaway is responsible for leading and managing the company’s cyber support for the U.S. Air Force and other Department of Defense (DoD) clients.
Lockheed Martin’s local team will include systems engineers, software developers, and cyber architects who will mostly work on development and testing of full spectrum cyber tools and platforms such as Henosis™, the Lockheed Martin prototype for the U.S. Air Force’s Unified Platform. The Henosis™ tools and platforms enable users to perform all offensive and defensive cyber operations using a single user interface—hence, the “unified platform” for the Air Force.
Expanding into the Project Tech complex will give Lockheed Martin the ability to customize the new space and “build it out to security standards right from the get-go rather than retrofit a facility that doesn’t meet standards” to better serve its Air Force and DoD customers, Hathaway said. Lockheed Martin is currently hiring and anticipates about 15 cyber professionals in its new San Antonio location. Hathaway added he expects that number to grow upward to about 100 employees and plans to tap into the local cybersecurity talent pool for staffing needs.
“We have found that it is critical, especially working in classified spaces, to be near our customers,” Hathaway told Startups San Antonio. “We want to make sure we are located in close enough proximity to coordinate and give our best value to the government.”
As for Port San Antonio, building a $20 million specialized facility has paid off. Perschbach said the Tech Complex has a fully redundant critical infrastructure, with two different substations and redundant fiber-optic connections.
“The Port is the home of cybersecurity and these stakeholders need this kind of specialized space, so we placed a bet there was an unmet demand for this,” Perschbach told Startups San Antonio.
The Port built the 90,000-square-foot building on speculation based on the demonstrated demand for such specialized cybersecurity space and recent growth in Port-based cyber companies, such as IPSecure’s tripling of its footprint, according to Port officials.
Lockheed Martin is the first of what the Port expects to be more companies moving into the Tech Complex in the coming months.
“The building could accommodate 300 or more employees, it all depends on how space is configured, as the building layout is flexible,” Perschbach told Startups San Antonio. “We have more interest in the building than we have space, so it all depends on which tenants get into the building and what they decide to do with their spaces.”
As for building more facilities to meet the unmet demand for specialized spaces, Perschbach said the Port was considering its options. The Port may build a significant number of additional cyber buildings and other facilities “where you can model cybersecurity platform integration for an entire industrial control system or a factory floor to make sure you can secure all that data,” Perschbach added.
“Part of this Tech Port concept is connecting ideas, people, and industries to the customers,” Perschbach told Startups San Antonio. “If you can close that market loop we can have tremendous growth in San Antonio.”
Featured image is of the view from the new Project Tech building overlooking Port San Antonio. Photo credit: Iris Gonzalez.