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Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin is a major US weapons developer with sites in the Massachusetts towns of Andover, Chelmsford, Burlington, Lexington, Pittsfield, Bedford, Marlborough, and Lowell, as well as subsidiary sites in Boston (Cybereason IncLightmatter Inc), and Acton (Newlands Inc). Lockheed Martin has made over $600 billion to date through the sale of its weapons and technologies to the US military, the Israeli military, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), US police forces, and other US state and federal agencies.

Support for the Israeli military

As reported by AFSC Investigate, Lockheed Martin has armed Israel with F-16 fighter jets, Longbow Hellfire missiles, AH-64 Apache Longbow helicopters parts, C-130 and C-130J Hercules transport aircraft, the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) (which provides mobile surface-to-surface rocket launch capabilities), as well as a broad array of radars, rockets, laser pointers, rocket pods, and fire control and guidance systems. Of particular note, Israel purchased 50 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets through the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program, in a 2010 deal worth $2.7 billion. Israel spends a significant portion of the $3.8 billion of “military aid” it receives from the US annually on Lockheed Martin weaponry (US aid to Israel includes stipulations that Israel must spend a large portion of the aid on products from US companies).

As reported by AFSC Investigate, Israel has used Lockheed Martin's fighter jets, Apache helicopters, Hellfire missiles, and other weapons systems repeatedly in its attacks on Palestinians (see: here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here) as well as its attacks on the people of Lebanon (see: here, here, and here). During these attacks, Israel slaughtered many thousands of people and repeated destroyed essential civilian infrastructure such as power plants and water and sewage systems, causing large-scale death, illness, and suffering.

Lockheed Martin also maintains company facilities in Israel, and claims it plans to expand its "footprint" in Israel in the near future. Per Lockheed Martin's website:

In late 2014, Lockheed Martin Israel doubled its office space at the Museum Tower in Tel Aviv. The company is continuing to expand its operations in several areas, as part of its long term plan to expand the local team and to develop businesses in new areas, in addition to its previous activity in the defense industry. This will be accomplished primarily by creating collaborations with industry and academia in Israel in the areas of cyber, education, research and development and more." Lockheed proceeds to brag about its support for Israeli army: "Lockheed Martin has also assisted in strengthening the IDF ground forces. The Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) manufactured by Lockheed Martin is used by the IDF ground forces and introduced new capabilities in the 1980s for providing artillery assistance in the battlefield. Lockheed Martin has also supplied radars, rockets, fire control and guidance systems, laser pointers and pods, while also lending support to training, air traffic control and weather forecasting, to name but a few of our diverse activities.

Support for the US military and US empire

To date, Lockheed Martin has received contracts from the US Department of Defense (DoD) worth a combined $540.82 billion for the provision of its products and services to the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, and other branches of the US armed services. In fiscal year 2020 alone, Lockheed Martin received US DoD contracts worth $76.6 billion, making Lockheed Martin far and away the largest recipient of DoD spending that year. Lockheed Martin is also a member of the Pentagon-funded consortium FlexTech Alliance, announced in 2015. A DoD press release on the FlexTech Alliance states that it aims is to "accelerate military technology development cycles and focus on critical Department of Defense needs while also creating new commercial opportunities." The DoD press release further notes that "backed by companies as diverse as Apple and Lockheed Martin and major research universities including Stanford and MIT," the FlexTech Alliance "represents the next chapter in the long-standing public-private partnerships between the Pentagon and tech community."

Support for US policing and violence against migrants

Lockheed Martin also sells its weapons and technologies to the local, state, and federal agencies which police Black and Brown communities across the US, and which track, detain, and deport Black and Brown migrants.

In 2009, Lockheed Martin partnered with The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), "a membership organization of police chiefs and sheriffs" that "has been actively exploring ways to harness technology to help advance the field of law enforcement," to carry out a "Law Enforcement Technology Needs Assessment." According to Lockheed Martin and PERF, this Needs Assessment aimed "to identify, evaluate, and prioritize cutting-edge, relevant technologies that hold the greatest priority for policing," in order to develop a "prioritized list of technologies to develop for law enforcement," and in order to understand and overcome "[b]arriers to the introduction of technology in the LEA community." Lockheed Martin provided funding for the completion of this Needs Assessment, which Lockheed surely viewed as a fruitful investment which would yield increased sales of its weaponry and technologies to police and other security forces across the US.

As reported by AFSC Investigate, "From 2005 to 2021, Lockheed Martin signed almost 3,000 contracts with the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) collectively worth at least $4.8 billion and 70% of which were awarded by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) (a sub-agency of DHS) and the Transportation and Security Administration." Through these contracts, Lockheed Martin has equipped US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with "P-3 Orion Airborne Early Warning reconnaissance planes," which CBP uses for its surveillance operations along the US-Mexico border. Lockheed Martin also provides CBP with "data processing services," which allow CBP to organize and streamline information the agency uses to run its regime of tracking, detentions, and deportations of Black and Brown migrants. Lockheed Martin subsidiary Sikorsky also provides CBP with UH-60 Black Hawk and Sikorsky S-76 helicopters.

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