BETHESDA, Md. – There are many ways people can serve their country without joining the military. One is to develop technologies that can be used to defend their nation against adversaries. That's what Steve Walker has been doing his entire career. IEEE Spectrum reports. Continue reading original article
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18 Oct. 2021 -- The IEEE senior member worked for more than 30 years in the U.S. civil service, first for the Air Force Research Laboratory, and then for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Department of Defense's research arm. Last year Walker joined the private sector as vice president and chief technology officer at defense contractor Lockheed Martin.
Although Walker is not fighting on the front lines, for nearly three decades he has been working behind the scenes to fund a variety of important projects for the military and civilians. The projects have developed fast bombers and fighter jets, inexpensive launch vehicles for satellites, and the mRNA technology used in coronavirus vaccines. He is continuing his focus on military technologies at Lockheed Martin. At DARPA he focused on hypersonics and related technologies.
At Lockheed Martin, Walker is responsible for the company's technology strategy, global research, mission development, and emerging operations technologies. Some of the projects he's involved with include building a 5G network for the military using commercial off-the-shelf technologies. Other priorities for Lockheed Martin are to develop artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.
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