SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 28 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin has started a technology initiative to expand its collaboration with Silicon Valley companies to meet U.S. government technology needs.
Lockheed said the Lockheed Martin Silicon Valley Alliance technology hub will give the government better visibility into innovative technology being developed locally -- including software -- and is inviting companies to join in it.
By doing so, the companies would achieve greater access to the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA and other government agencies. Lockheed would facilitate partnerships that mature the technological innovations into products for government.
"Lockheed Martin has played an ultra-high-tech role in the Silicon Valley story since 1956 when we opened our facility in Sunnyvale, adjacent to Moffett Field," said Tory Bruno, Lockheed Martin's president of Strategic and Missile Defense Systems.
"The government market catalyzed the initial growth of all high-tech industries in the San Francisco Bay Area. Now, through the Lockheed Martin Silicon Valley Alliance, we can help to reconnect today's companies to that market, which continues to be substantial despite a challenging economy."