As part of its ongoing commitment to the development of Australian industry capability, Lockheed Martin Australia has confirmed Australian communications networks and electromagnetic spectrum operations technology leader Clearbox Systems as the inaugural international graduate of the Mentor Protégé Program (MPP). As the first company outside of the United States (US) to participate in, and complete, the MPP, Clearbox Systems received extensive mentoring from top Lockheed Martin executives in Australia and the US over a 13-month period, covering best practice human resource processes, business ethics, product management, competitive intelligence and cyber security readiness.
Lockheed Martin Australia Chief Executive Joe North presented Clearbox Systems Executive Director Jeremy Hallett with a commemorative plaque acknowledging the achievement at Lockheed Martin’s state-of-the-art Endeavour Centre, Canberra. He congratulated Hallett and the Clearbox team, referencing the MPP as a further example of the company’s ability to support and develop Australian defence industry capability. “As an Australian defence prime we take our responsibility to provide tools to enable the rapid growth of innovative Australian companies through improved capacity and capability very seriously,” he said. “The Mentor Protégé Program is as intense as it is extensive, and we congratulate Clearbox Systems as the program’s inaugural international industry graduate,” he said. “We are proud to contribute to Australia’s sovereign defence capabilities and the Mentor Protégé Program will provide further opportunities to partner with local industry and boost skills while creating jobs and providing greater access to global supply chains.”
Commenting at the Canberra event, Hallett thanked the Lockheed Martin mentors and highlighted the extraordinary breadth of knowledge his team had been exposed to over the 13-month program. “We are proud to be the first company outside of the US to complete the prestigious Lockheed Martin Mentor Protégé Program. It was a privilege to be selected and I am extremely grateful to the Lockheed Martin team for their support and willingness to increase our capacity with the capabilities we need to make us more internationally competitive,” he said. “Clearbox Systems has already started to benefit from the program and, as we have more than doubled our workforce and continue to innovate with new intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and electronic warfare and space domain awareness technologies, we look forward to the possibility of future partnership opportunities with Lockheed Martin.”