Lockheed Martin Australia has announced the establishment of a relationship with Clearbox Systems to assist the small, innovative high-tech company to successfully compete for future prime and subcontractor contracts in both local and global supply chains.
The mentor-protégé relationship, being overseen by Lockheed Martin Australia’s Office of Australian Industrial Participation, is based on a highly successful US program where Lockheed Martin will act as a mentor to Clearbox Systems to provide dedicated assistance and market advice to open opportunities for technology transfer, innovation and local skilled jobs.
The Mentor Protégé Program will see Lockheed Martin provide subject matter expertise and mentoring to Clearbox in areas such as competitive intelligence, ethics, human resources and workforce planning, cyber security and product management. Upon graduation, Clearbox will have undertaken world-class and contemporary training that will provide them the foundations to take the company even further on the global stage.
Clearbox Systems is a leading Australian player in the field of secure communications. In 2018, they came to Lockheed Martin Australia’s attention during industry briefings held to inform small to medium enterprises (SMEs) about partnership opportunities on the development of future joint battle management capabilities for the Australian Defence Force.
Chief executive of Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand Vince Di Pietro said the relationship, a first for Australia, is at the heart of the company’s enduring commitment and Australian presence as an industry partner and sovereign capability enabler.
"At Lockheed Martin Australia, we work with like-minded industry partners, such as Clearbox Systems, to provide meaningful guidance and support to raise the technology base in Australia and to help develop these businesses to grow sovereign capability to ensure our Australia defence capability remains at the cutting edge," he said.
Executive director of Clearbox Systems Jeremy Hallett said it was a privilege to be selected as the first Australian company to have this unique relationship with Lockheed Martin Australia, saying, "Receiving mentoring and training from the world’s largest Defence company means we will be better placed to continue deliver sovereign capability to the Australian Defence Force. We also believe this will be an opportunity for us to become more competitive on the world stage, positioning us for more export opportunities."
Headquartered in Canberra, Lockheed Martin Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation. The company employs more than 1,000 people in Australia working on a wide range of major programs spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors.
Clearbox Systems is an Australian-owned SME delivering technology solutions for the operations and management of communications networks and the electromagnetic spectrum.