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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Lockheed Martin Developing Integrated MDA Solution

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Leveraging its systems integration expertise, Lockheed Martin [LMT] this year expects to roll out a maritime security solution that takes advantage of an existing suite of products used for such things as vessel traffic management, vessel threat assessments and critical infrastructure monitoring, and integrate them for use by ports authorities and other government and commercial customers.

The Maritime Integrated Domain Awareness Solution (MIDAS) Suite would serve the aims of Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) and Integrated Port Security, says Shawn James, Lockheed Martin's vice president for Maritime Security and Domain Awareness.

Currently the products within the MIDAS Suite by themselves improve situational awareness in U.S., and to a lesser degree foreign, port zones, but integrated and fused they provide a more comprehensive picture that can benefit various maritime law enforcement authorities, port security needs, maritime safety and asset protection while helping maintain the efficient flow of commerce.

"What we're developing as our first spiral would be the integrated port security concept," says James.

One goal is to make MIDAS scaleable to fit the budgets and needs of a variety of potential customers, says James. The solution will also be tailored to meet the needs of customers that have different levels of access to classified information, he says.

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