Sunday, February 10, 2013

Transforming America’s Navy

We stood at the forefront of the 21st century
by Thomas G.

I started my Lockheed Martin career in 1968 with the legacy company UNIVAC located in Eagan, Minnesota. Our team developed command and control software for surface ships, and then for subsurface vessels. We interfaced the sensors and weapons and support systems and fighters with computers and software. We were on the forefront of transforming the United States from the World War II Navy to the Navy of recent years.

I worked on the Royal Australian Navy DDG Tactical Data System (AN/UYK-7 computers and the CMS-2 programming language). Once the initial work was completed at Eagan, I supported the products on site in Canberra, Australia. This was one of the first successful international programs for the Eagan-based enterprise.

Upon my return, I joined the design team for the AN/UYK-43 and AN/UYK-44 computers. These machines served on many and various naval vessels.

The next contract was the Canadian Patrol Frigate (CPF) program, a large program with significant international content employing hundreds of people with many coordination challenges between the engineering disciples at two international locations.

The United States Navy contracted us in 1989 to provide an upgrade to the P-3C with new and modern software and computing device. This was a legacy program. New high-order programming languages were introduced, and software engineering was transitioned to a quality process oriented discipline.
Then the generation of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software and hardware ended the long development phases and life span of product. Technology infusion is now planned and exercised from the very beginning of contract award.