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Lockheed Martin-Microsoft Agreement to Bring Better Training to Warfighters 2009.12.05

Intellectual property license enables Lockheed Martin to build simulations based on Microsoft ESP technology. ORLANDO, Fla. - Nov. 30, 2009 - Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Microsoft Corp. entered into an intellectual property (IP) licensing agreement that allows Lockheed Martin to further develop the Microsoft ESP PC-based visual simulation software platform to better train warfighters for battle.

Microsoft ESP technology allows users to operate realistic vehicle models that incorporate real-world physics to enhance realism, such as in the interior and instrumentation of a Boeing 747-400 shown here.
Photo: Microsoft
 
ORLANDO, Fla. - Nov. 30, 2009 - Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Microsoft Corp. entered into an intellectual property (IP) licensing agreement that allows Lockheed Martin to further develop the Microsoft ESP PC-based visual simulation software platform to better train warfighters for battle.

The agreement provides Lockheed Martin with access to the ESP technology portfolio enabling the company to build cost-effective simulation solutions for customized training for its worldwide customers.
Lockheed Martin’s software development teams will extend the current capabilities of ESP to enable a whole new suite of innovative ESP-based solutions that will evolve beyond flight training to include ground and civil agency applications.

“The training needs of our military and civil government customers continue to expand,” said Chester Kennedy, vice president of Engineering at Lockheed Martin’s Simulation, Training & Support business unit.
“Seeking out and developing new innovative solutions such as this one based on the proven Microsoft ESP technology allows Lockheed Martin to provide our customers with new and tailored training systems more quickly and cost efficiently.”

A Bell 206B JetRanger police helicopter flying over an urban downtown is one example of how Microsoft ESP enables pilots to navigate through a wide variety of highly-realistic static and animated objects including ground and air vehicles, buildings, and other structures.
Photo: Microsoft
 
“Solutions built on Microsoft ESP can engage users in immersive experiences with very realistic environments, making them ideal tools for training, evaluating and preparing personnel for optimal performance in the real world,” said Chris Cortez, general manager of Strategic Programs at Microsoft and a retired Marine Corps major general.
“ESP models the entire world and will allow Lockheed Martin’s developers to easily add their own content, objects, scenery, simulation functionality and scenarios to create custom training solutions.”

The Microsoft ESP IP licensing agreement builds on the existing Microsoft/Lockheed Martin Strategic Alliance to bring meaningful information technology services and products to market and continue to fuel innovation.
It is also an example of Microsoft’s broader efforts to collaborate with industry through IP licensing.

Microsoft ESP is a visual simulation software development platform that brings immersive games-based technology to training and decision support for commercial, government and education organizations.

Visitors to the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation & Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando this week can see Lockheed Martin’s first ESP-based solution on display in booth 2049.

The Pilatus PC-12 desktop trainer showcases the affordable, powerful training and mission rehearsal capabilities ESP will bring to Lockheed Martin’s customers.

 
 

About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 146,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
The corporation reported 2008 sales of $42.7 billion.


 
 

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
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http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/contactpr.mspx  


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Christopher E. Kubasik
Executive Vice President of the Lockheed Martin Electronic Systems Business Area


Christopher E. Kubasik
Photo: Lockheed Martin
 
Christopher E. Kubasik is Executive Vice President of the Lockheed Martin Electronic Systems Business Area.
Mr. Kubasik was appointed to his current position on September 1, 2007.
He previously served as the Corporation’s Chief Financial Officer.
In that capacity, to which he was appointed in February 2001, Mr. Kubasik was responsible for all aspects of the Corporation’s financial strategies, processes and operations.

Mr. Kubasik is Chairman of the Board of Sandia Corporation and is on the Board of Directors of Lockheed Martin UK Holdings, Ltd., Lockheed Martin España S.A, and Lockheed Martin Australia, Ltd.
He previously was the vice chairman of the Lockheed Martin Diversity Council, chairman of the Ethics and Business Conduct Steering Committee, and chairman of the Lockheed Martin Investment Management Company (LMIMCo).

Mr. Kubasik also serves on the Board of Trustees of The Marsico Investment Fund, the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Council of Trustees, and the University of Maryland College Park Foundation Board of Trustees.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in 1999, Mr. Kubasik was with Ernst & Young, LLP where he was admitted to the partnership in 1996.

Mr. Kubasik received an Executive Engineering Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008 and, in 2004, completed the Systems Acquisition Management Course for Flag Officers at the Defense Acquisition University, Fort Belvoir.
In 1997, Mr. Kubasik attended an Executive Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business.
He received his bachelor's degree (magna cum laude) from the University of Maryland in 1983.

http://www.lockheedmartin.com/aboutus/bios/kubasik.html

 



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