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Release: August 11, 1995

Catherine E. Watson
(804) 864-6122

John H. Harris III
(804) 864-6122

RELEASE NO. 95-78

Aerospace Executive to Discuss the Future of U.S. Technological Leadership

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 (804) 864-8150.

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