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Ground-Based Midcourse Defence Division Gains new VP

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Lockheed Martin Space Systems
: 04 February, 2010  (Company News)
Experienced professional involved in missile defence systems takes Vice President Position in Lockheed Martin Space Systems in charge of Ground-Based Midcourse Defence (GMD)
Lockheed Martin Space Systems has named Mathew Joyce vice president and program manager for Ground-Based Midcourse Defence (GMD).

'Lockheed Martin is committed to helping our Missile Defence Agency customer meet its objectives for GMD Development and Sustainment,' said Joanne Maguire, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. 'Mat Joyce brings the requisite experience and track record necessary to assume the on-going GMD operations and sustainment challenges as well as future development and production requirements.'

The Missile Defence Agency issued a draft request for proposals (RFP) Jan. 19 for the Development and Sustainment Contract for the GMD system and associated facilities. The agency has announced that it expects to award the contract in 2011 to continue GMD development, manufacturing, test, training, operations support and sustainment support. Work will be performed in: Huntsville, Alabama; Alaska at Fort Greely and Eareckson Air Station; Colorado at Schriever Air Force Base; and California at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

'To this new position, Mat brings a proven track record in leading outstanding missile defence and strategic weapon system programs,' said retired Major Gen. John Holly, vice president, Missile Defence Systems, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, to whom Joyce now reports. 'Mat contributes extraordinary expertise in all aspects of development, production, testing, and operations and sustainment as we prepare to bid for the Missile Defence Agency's GMD Development and Sustainment Contract. He will be responsible for the day-to-day execution of the program, directing the team of Lockheed Martin employees and subcontractors dedicated to delivering consistent, performance-based outcomes across the GMD life cycle.' Joyce will relocate from Sunnyvale, Calif., to Huntsville, where the Lockheed Martin GMD Program Office will be located.

Joyce's experience in missile defence and strategic weapons systems includes program management, engineering management, bid and proposal management, strategic planning and supplier management. Most recently, he was Lockheed Martin's vice president and program manager for the missile element of the Missile Defence Agency's Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system, which has achieved 100-percent mission success in six intercept flight tests since 2005. In addition, he previously served as chief systems engineer for the THAAD missile. Joyce also has held key Lockheed Martin leadership positions for the US Navy's Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) program, which has achieved 130 successful consecutive flight tests of the Trident II D5 missile since 1989. His FBM assignments included program manager for the FBM Production and Deployed System Support Contract, leading missile production and support across four Navy sites, and resident director at Strategic Weapons Facility Atlantic in Kings Bay, Ga., leading missile assembly, testing and delivery, as well as operations and sustainment services. Joyce, who holds a BSc degree in chemistry from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., joined Lockheed Martin in 1984.
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