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DARPA Calls on Lockheed Martin to Develop 
New Type of Communications Network

Muphen R. Whitney, 
July 20, 2004

(Akron, Ohio) - Muphen R. Whitney - East Coast Correspondent, HDS 
Lockheed Martin has been selected by DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, to develop and demonstrate a prototype network combining the speed of laser-based communications with the dependability of radio frequency communications under a contract worth an initial $15 million. This new type of network -- the Optical and Radio frequency Combined Link Experiment (ORCLE) -- will support the information-sharing needs of military commanders and will adapt to changing environmental conditions and data needs..

Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor on the ORCLE team. Other contractors -- each of whom brings specialized technologies to the project -- include ITT, L3Com, BAE Systems, Adaptive Optics Associates, Accipiter Systems, EMS, and Dayton Aerospace. Deliverables include a range test in approximately 18 months and an option for a flight test after 30 months.

Lockheed Martin, which is headquartered in Bethesda, MD, employs more than 125,000 people worldwide. The companies principal activities are research, design, development, manufacture, and integration of advanced technology systems, products, and services.

Muphen R. Whitney

Miss Whitney brings a background in systems analysis, journalism, and marketing/communications to her work with ECON. For more than three decades she has provided marketing/communications consulting services and writing/editing services to companies in the high tech, biotech, financial, medical, and legal fields. 

Her recent work as Acting Executive Director of the Alliance for Homeland Security gave her invaluable background, experience, and contacts in the areas of homeland defense and security. Miss Whitney’s degree in Economics is from Columbia University (she began as a Biology major, however, and has maintained a lifelong interest in science, technology, and medicine).


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