Linking the Lowcountry: Lockheed Martin Opens Research and Innovation Center in Charleston, S.C.

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Lockheed Martin leaders are joined by South Carolina Congressman James E. Clyburn and North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey to commemorate the Charleston Center of Information Dominance’s grand opening on April 6.

Adding to Lockheed Martin’s growing network of research and innovation centers, the Charleston Center for Information Dominance (CCID) will strengthen partnerships with South Carolina academia, customers and industry following its grand opening ceremony on April 6.

The ceremony gathered customers and leaders in academia and government to the 2400-square-foot center at 4055 Faber Place Drive in North Charleston. The event included remarks from Rep. James E. Clyburn and North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, and also featured product demonstrations from Lockheed Martin experts whose topics ranged from battle space awareness to virtual technology testing environments.

The CCID connects the corporation’s operations in Charleston to Lockheed Martin’s worldwide innovation centers and the most knowledgeable subject matter experts in cybersecurity, electronic warfare and C4ISR technologies.

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“Leveraging Lockheed Martin’s international network of innovation centers ensures rapid knowledge transfer to further develop information dominance capabilities,” said Mark Martin, director of information dominance programs at Lockheed Martin. “As a leader in STEM outreach, we look forward to partnering with academia so the next generation of technology leaders can strengthen their scientific acumen and refine their skills.”

The CCID houses stand-alone equipment racks that can be quickly outfitted to host any customer’s software and hardware requirements. The center features two 80-inch television screens linked to a video teleconferencing system for conferences with other Global Innovation Centers around the globe. During the grand opening, guests were also briefed by live presenters in the United Arab Emirates and Australia.

All Lockheed Martin Global Innovation Centers are flexible to adjust to the fast pace environment that customers experience. The CCID differs in that the primary focus is the support to local customer’s needs and requirements. The center will deliver access to our corporation’s advanced technology through a single point of access, connecting the Charleston region to the rest of the corporation.

“It’s very important to have both public and private partnerships,” said Rep. Clyburn. “I think all of us are aware that when it comes to issues like cybersecurity, no one separates the two, because we know any security violation in one area affects both areas.”

“Cybersecurity is major in everything we do,” said Summey. “We’re glad to see you’re moving more operations here and getting engaged in our area because it gives the region such an opportunity to prepare our people in the many industries we have here.”

April 8, 2015