Lockheed Martin has opened its development center in Port San Antonio‘s new cybersecurity-centric building known as Project Tech. The largest U.S. defense contractor is leasing 15,000 square feet in the 90,000-square-foot cybersecurity-focused facility located on the Port’s campus across the street from the 24th Air Force’s cyber command.
The first tenant to sign a lease in the Project Tech building, Lockheed Martin has designed the space to serve as laboratories for the exploratory work they do for clients such as the 24th and 25th Air Force in San Antonio and the National Security Agency (NSA) location in Texas, according to Lockheed Martin vice president of spectrum convergence, Deon Viergutz. His division is one of two (the other being cyber solutions) teams that will work at the new San Antonio site.
The new office inside Port San Antonio’s Project Tech building represents one of several facilities Lockheed has built close to government clients. Other sites include Ft. Meade, Maryland; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
Over 1,000 cyber professionals work at Port San Antonio. Port leadership designed the new Project Tech complex as a specialized cyber-capable building to support the collaboration between the U.S. Department of Defense contractors and the government sector.
The Project Tech building is set up to facilitate top-secret and higher clearance-level conversations within specialized spaces called Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities or SCIFs. Such spaces have special requirements for power, security, and communications. The Project Tech building has two power substations and redundant fiber-optic connections, akin to a data center, according to Port officials.
The Port is already looking at doubling the size of the second new cyber facility to be built as part of its proposed innovation campus, which would make it as large as 180,000 square feet of specialized spaces for secure work, Port CEO and president Jim Perschbach said.
Lockheed Martin Reorganizes to Support Need for Integrated Capabilities
The U.S. Air Force is implementing a broader plan for integrated multidomain operations across air, space, and cyber. In response, last year Lockheed Martin reorganized and created a new market segment called spectrum convergence after recognizing the need for integrated capabilities that account for cyber consequences, signals intelligence, and electronic warfare effects as the three military disciplines often overlap.
Lockheed Martin conducts cyberwarfare exercises to test potential scenarios for offensive and defensive cybersecurity training and currently employs 15 cybersecurity workers in federal and military facilities in San Antonio. The company plans to hire 100 or more systems engineers, software developers and cyber architects locally over the next five years, Viergutz said.
The development center’s work would include assessing the cyber hardening of weapons systems, cyber mission training, and outfitting cyber warriors with technology for their missions, Viergutz said.
“We’ve seen a significant increase in the cyber mission and demands from our customers,” Viergutz said. “We are counted on to address the most complex offensive and defensive challenges that our customer faces.”
Lockheed Martin’s local team 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 give its users the ability to perform all offensive and defensive cyber operations using a single user interface—hence, the “unified platform” for the Air Force.
“Being co-located is important,” Viergutz said. “This will be an innovative environment that we envision over the coming years will be a place where Lockheed Martin and our customers are able to come together to collaborate in a single place where the mission is executed.”
Lockheed Martin leadership also shared plans to partner with local science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) stakeholders so as to inspire students to join the company’s local workforce.
“Having Lockheed as a first major tenant in a brand new facility is no small statement,” Port San Antonio cybersecurity vice president Will Garrett said. “They plan to invest in our community and build a talent pipeline which makes this an exciting day.”
Featured image is of Lockheed Martin’s name on the new Project Tech building at Port San Antonio. Photo credit: Startups San Antonio.