Lockheed Martin and Microsoft have announced a landmark expansion of their strategic relationship to help power the next generation of technology for the Department of Defense (DOD).
The agreement will focus on four critical areas for the DOD as follows.
1) Classified Cloud Innovations (Microsoft’s latest secure framework will make Lockheed Martin the first non-government entity to independently operate inside the Microsoft Azure Government Secret cloud ushering in a new era of cloud opportunities for the industry)
2) Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML), Modeling, and Simulation Capabilities (Lockheed Martin and Microsoft have entered a two-year collaborative research and development (R&D) program that will advance AI/ML and modeling and simulation capabilities for the DOD).
3) 5G.MIL Programs (The R&D agreement also expands the companies’ existing collaboration to deliver advanced networking and secure5G capabilities at the tactical edge)
4) Digital Transformation ( Microsoft Azure will power Lockheed Martin’s digital transformation journey, accelerating enterprise-wide productivity gains to deliver innovation at scale, enhance choice and flexibility, and create the next generation of defense technologies)
Lockheed Martin and Microsoft will continue to develop each of the four critical areas and demonstrate a series of progressively more complex capabilities throughout 2023. The capabilities unlocked by this collaboration will apply to a range of defense applications across all domains: land, sea, air, space and cyber.