Release: August 11, 1995
Catherine E. Watson
John H. Harris III
RELEASE NO. 95-78
Aerospace Executive to Discuss the Future of U.S. Technological
A top Lockheed Martin executive will discuss the effects of
international competition in the aerospace industry and the
importance of a strong partnership between government and industry
to maintain U.S. technological leadership. James A.
"Micky"Blackwell, president of Lockheed Martin's Aeronautics
Sector, will present "The Future of Aeronautics"at the next NASA
Langley colloquium to be held Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. at the
H.J.E. Reid Conference Center.
While America's focus and priority is on reducing federal
budgets, concerns have been raised that the U.S. will voluntarily
surrender its technological advantages and capabilities.
International competition for aeronautics research and contracts
has never been stronger, and this could lead to severe and lasting
results for the U.S. aeronautics industry. Blackwell will examine
these challenges as two separate faces of aeronautics.
Blackwell's Lockheed experience began in 1969 when he joined the
former Lockheed-Georgia Co. as a research engineer. In 1984 he
became director for engineering research and technology of Lockheed
Advanced Aeronautics Co. In 1986, he returned to Georgia operations
as vice-president of engineering. Lockheed-Georgia and
Lockheed-California consolidated into Lockheed Aeronautical Systems
Corp. (LASC) in December 1987. Following the consolidation, he
became vice-president and assistant general manager for research,
technology and engineering. Since December 1990, Blackwell has
served as LASC's vice president and general manager of the F-22
Team Program Office. In 1993, he was named president of LASC.
The colloquium begins at 2 p.m., with a media briefing at 1:15
p.m. in the Wythe Room of the H.J.E. Reid Conference Center, 14
Langley Blvd., Hampton, Va. The colloquium will be broadcast live
on NASA Television. NASA TV is available through the Spacenet -2
satellite system, transponder 5, channel 9, at 69 degrees West
longitude, frequency 3880.0 MHz, audio 6.8 MHz. Media who wish to
attend the 1:15 p.m. briefing should contact Michael Finneran at
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