Lockheed Martin Donation Strengthens Naval Academy’s Cyber Security Program
Lockheed Martin has donated $1.5 million to the United States Naval Academy Foundation to build the Lockheed Martin Cyber Operations Center. On Friday, October 21, the Naval Academy formally broke ground on Hopper Hall, which will house the new center that will provide a space for research, project collaboration and hands-on learning for midshipmen and faculty in Cyber Security Studies and related disciplines.
The Cyber Operations Center will be part of a state-of-the-art facility that will allow the Naval Academy to better facilitate the Cyber Operations major, which had its first class of graduates in 2016, and provide world-class education to midshipmen.
“Cyber security is one of the most critical challenges of our time, both at the global infrastructure and within mission-specific systems,” said Deon Viergutz, vice president of Cyber Solutions for Lockheed Martin. “As a global security company, cyber security is at the core of our business, and the Lockheed Martin Cyber Operations Center is an investment in the talent that will one day protect the networks and infrastructures critical to the community.”
This initiative is part of Lockheed Martin’s commitment to inspire students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics, which are critical to our national security and economic strength.
“Hopper Hall, the first new academic building on the Naval Academy Yard in more than 40 years, represents a critical next step in providing midshipmen and faculty with the resources they need to use cutting-edge technology, explore classified materials, participate in real-time attack and defend exercises and engage in the types of interdisciplinary collaboration that empowers first-rate learning and research,” said John Rudder ’78, senior director of development at the Naval Academy Foundation, which raises all private gifts in support of the Academy. “The Lockheed Martin Cyber Operations Center will be a vital, versatile and innovative component of this exceptional facility.”
Source: USNA Alumni Association and Foundation
31 October 2016