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Lockheed Martin Corp. CEO Robert Stevens, who turns 59 years old tomorrow, says he learns every day from the new generation at the defense company he heads — although he still doesn’t IM.
The son of a Pennsylvania steelworker who enlisted in the Marines instead of college, later completing his education on the GI program, says, “I am one of the luckiest people you are going to meet.”
President Barack Obama was quite blunt earlier this year about a new fleet of presidential helicopters being built by Lockheed Martin Corp., citing it as an example of the procurement process “gone amok.”
And he axed the program, forcing the defense contractor to stop development of the helicopter in mid-air, so to speak.
In a time of shrinking budgets and fears for the future, one of the biggest questions of this year’s Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit was what will happen with the F-22 fighter jet that is made by Lockheed Grumman.
Lockheed Chief Executive Robert Stevens is really the guy we wanted to ask that question and he didn’t shrink from giving a pretty full defense of the jet.