Our Approach

We create solutions to global challenges for a better tomorrow.

Our Sustainability mission

To foster innovation, integrity and security to protect the environment, strengthen communities and propel responsible growth.

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At Lockheed Martin, the Science of Citizenship means engineering solutions that enable safe, resilient, modern societies for generations to come. We apply sound science and forward thinking to improve and defend critical transportation, communication and energy infrastructure on behalf of governments and commercial entities.

As a large-scale aerospace and defense company, we are uniquely positioned to develop technology and apply systems thinking to address society’s sustainability and resiliency challenges. We enable some of the smartest thinkers on the planet to deliver innovative products and services backed by unwavering ethics, strong governance and a commitment to safety and security for our stakeholders and communities.

GROWING POPULATIONS IN AT-RISK AREAS

About 3.9 billion people worldwide live in urban areas. This number is expected to surpass six billion by 2045, with most growth happening in the developing world.1

Many of the world’s largest cities are in low-lying, disaster-prone coastal areas, which amplifies risk, especially for the most vulnerable population sectors.2

INCREASING NATURAL DISASTERS AND ADVERSE WEATHER INCIDENTS

In 2017, earthquakes, landslides, floods and hurricanes wreaked havoc in every region of the world. Since 1970, the number of disasters worldwide has more than quadrupled to around 400 per year.

The U.S. alone has sustained 219 weather and climate disasters since 1980 where overall damages and costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. The total cost of these 219 events exceeds $1.5 trillion.3

LIMITED RESOURCES FOR NATURAL DISASTER RESPONSE

In 2017, the U.S. experienced the most expensive hurricane season ever.4 There were 16 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each, resulting in the deaths of 362 people and a cumulative cost of $306.2 billion, a new U.S. annual record.5

LOCKHEED MARTIN PROVIDES SOLUTIONS

 
 

Extreme weather preparedness

We designed and built the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S) weather satellite, which will dramatically improve the speed, accuracy and detail of weather forecasts, including improved hurricane tracking and intensity forecasts and increased thunderstorm and tornado warning lead time.

 

outcome

Enhanced climate risk modeling through better satellite data.

 
 

ADVANCED AERIAL MEDICAL CARE

The Sikorsky S-76D emergency medical service helicopter provides in-flight medical services while flying in diverse environmental conditions. One of the safest and most fuel-efficient helicopters of its kind, the S-76D is designed to aid in medical emergencies and search-and-rescue missions.

 

outcome

Military-grade aircraft used for medical evacuation and rescue missions.

 
 

REMOTE RELIEF AND CARGO DELIVERY

The C-130J can land in remote and disaster-torn areas, delivering more than 40,000 pounds of relief aid. Its spacious cabin is equipped to stabilize and medevac 97 injured survivors to safety. The Hybrid Airship is designed to land on grass, sand, water or ice, delivering up to 200 tons of supplies and equipment to the most remote locations.

 

outcome

Humanitarian relief and rescue missions reach remote, low-infrastructure areas.

 
 

CLEAN ENERGY AND GRID STABILITY

Our advanced gasification system converts biowaste into synthetic gas, providing low-emission energy for industrial processes. Our Grid Star™ energy storage solutions help regulate periods of peak energy demand, alleviating stress on electric grids and lowering energy costs for customers.

 

outcome

More resilient electric grids and better integration of renewable energy leads to less outages.

 
 

RESCUE MISSIONS

Indago 2, our five-pound unmanned aerial system (UAS), enhances search and rescue missions. It can cover up to seven miles, using infrared sensors to find high-risk individuals and people lost in low-visibility environments.

 

outcome

Quicker response times with lower safety risks during rescue efforts.

Sources: 1 www.un.org 2 www.economist.com 3 www.ncdc.noaa.gov 4 Sullivan, B. 2017. “The Most Expensive U.S. Hurricane Season Ever: By the Numbers” Bloomberg. 26 November 2017. 5 www.ncdc.noaa.gov
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