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Lockheed Martin names deputy program manager for F-35

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A. Lee Graham Reporter lgraham@bizpress.net   Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., the Fort Worth-based aeronautics segment of Lockheed Martin Corp., has chosen Jeff Babione as vice president and deputy program manager of the F-35 Lightning II fighter program. Leading the F-16/F-22 Integrated Fighter Group in an acting capacity until a permanent successor is found will be Bridget Lauderdale, vice president and general manager of aeronautics operations. Both appointments are effective immediately. “Jeff’s experience of managing both the world’s first fifth-generation fighter program and the F-16, a complex, international multirole fighter program upon which the F-35 is modeled, makes him uniquely prepared to step into this new role and deliver an immediate impact from day one,” said Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president of aeronautics, commenting in a news release.   “Bridget is a proven leader capable of handling multiple priorities and delivering results,” Carvalho said. “Her past record leading F-16/F-2/T-50 and F-22 Product Development will be invaluable as she takes on the added responsibility of overseeing the IFG until a permanent successor is named in the coming weeks.” As vice president and general manager of the F-16/F-22 IFG, Babione was responsible for all aspects of the development, manufacture and sustainment of the F-16 Fighting Falcon multirole fighter and the F-22 Raptor air dominance fighter programs. He joined Lockheed Martin more than 20 years ago after working at Boeing Co. on the initial structural design analysis of the YF-22 prototype. Lockheed Martin Corp., based in Bethesda, Md., is a global security and aerospace company employing about 120,000 people worldwide. It designs, develops, builds and builds advanced technology systems, products and services.  More information is available atwww.lockheedmartin.com.    

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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