Lockheed Martin Corporation is an American global aerospace, defense and advanced technologies company with worldwide interests. It was formed by the merger of Lockheed Corporation with Martin Marietta in March 1995, it is headquartered in North Bethesda, Maryland, in the Washington, D. C. area. Lockheed Martin employs 110,000 people worldwide as of January 2020. Lockheed Martin is one of the largest companies in the aerospace, defense and technologies industry, it is the world's largest defense contractor, based on revenue for fiscal year 2014. In 2013, 78% of Lockheed Martin's revenues came from military sales. In 2009, US government contracts accounted for $38.4 billion, foreign government contracts for $5.8 billion, commercial and other contracts for $900 million. Lockheed Martin operates in four business segments: Aeronautics and Fire Control and Mission Systems, Space; the company has received the Collier Trophy six times, including in 2001 for being part of developing the X-35/F-35B LiftFan Propulsion System and most in 2018 for the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System.
Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 Lightning II and leads the international supply chain, leads the team for the development and implementation of technology solutions for the new USAF Space Fence, is the primary contractor for the development of the Orion command module. The company invests in healthcare systems, renewable energy systems, intelligent energy distribution, compact nuclear fusion. Merger talks between Lockheed Corporation and Martin Marietta began in March 1994, with the companies announcing their $10 billion planned merger on August 30, 1994; the headquarters for the combined companies would be at Martin Marietta headquarters in North Bethesda, Maryland. The deal was finalized on March 1995, when the two companies' shareholders approved the merger; the segments of the two companies not retained by the new company formed the basis for the L-3 Communications, a mid-size defense contractor in its own right. Lockheed Martin later spun off the materials company Martin Marietta Materials.
The company received billions of dollars in subsidies to complete the merger. Executives received large bonuses directly from the government as a result of the merger. Norman R. Augustine, at the time CEO of Martin Marietta received an $8.2 million bonus. This was opposed by Senator Bernie Sanders. Both companies contributed important products to the new portfolio. Lockheed products included the Trident missile, P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft, U-2 and SR-71 reconnaissance airplanes, F-117 Nighthawk, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-22 Raptor, C-130 Hercules, A-4AR Fightinghawk and the DSCS-3 satellite. Martin Marietta products included Titan rockets, Sandia National Laboratories, Space Shuttle External Tank, Viking 1 and Viking 2 landers, the Transfer Orbit Stage and various satellite models. On April 22, 1996, Lockheed Martin completed the acquisition of Loral Corporation's defense electronics and system integration businesses for $9.1 billion, the deal having been announced in January. The remainder of Loral became Loral Communications.
Lockheed Martin abandoned plans for an $8.3 billion merger with Northrop Grumman on July 16, 1998, due to government concerns over the potential strength of the new group. For the Mars Climate Orbiter, Lockheed Martin incorrectly provided NASA with software using measurements in US Customary force units when metric was expected; the development of the spacecraft cost $193.1 million. In addition to their military products, in the 1990s Lockheed Martin developed the texture mapping chip for the Sega Model 2 arcade system board and the entire graphics system for the Sega Model 3, which were used to power some of the most popular arcade games of the time. In May 2001, Lockheed Martin sold Lockheed Martin Control Systems to BAE Systems. On November 27, 2000, Lockheed completed the sale of its Aerospace Electronic Systems business to BAE Systems for $1.67 billion, a deal announced in July 2000. This group encompassed Sanders Associates, Fairchild Systems, Lockheed Martin Space Electronics & Communications.
In 2001, Lockheed Martin won the contract to build the F-35 Lightning II. In 2001, Lockheed Martin settled a nine–year investigation conducted by NASA's Office of Inspector General with the assistance of the Defense Contract Audit Agency; the company paid the United States government $7.1 million based on allegations that its predecessor, Lockheed Engineering Science Corporation, submitted false lease costs claims to NASA. On May 12, 2006, The Washington Post reported that when Robert Stevens took control of Lockheed Martin in 2004, he faced the dilemma that within 10 years, 100,000 of the about 130,000 Lockheed Martin employees – more than three-quarters – would be retiring. On August 31, 2006, Lockheed Martin won a $3.9 billion contract from NASA to design and build the CEV capsule named Orion for the Ares I rocket in the Constellation Program. In 2009, NASA reduced the capsule crew requirements from the initial six seats to four for transport to the International Space Station. On August 13, 2008, Lockheed Martin acquired the government business unit of Nantero, Inc. a company that had deve
Steven Dorian is an American singer best known as a tenor in the a cappella group Rockapella from 2010 to 2016. Born in Northbridge, Massachusetts to parents who were both teachers and musically involved, his father playing saxophone and clarinet and his mother a singer, Dorian has always been surrounded by music, began playing the guitar at age 13, his first gig was at a pub his high school science teacher owned, playing a duo show with his brother, Greg Asadoorian. Over the next 6 years and his brother continued to play shows both by themselves and with various bands on through their college years. Dorian credits this to be the experience. "I owe most of my musical knowledge to my brother during those years. He taught me so much, still does to this day." In high school, music always took a backseat to Dorian's interest in sports. Being a football and basketball player at Northbridge High School, his free time was scarce and playing trumpet in the school's marching band at the same time was near impossible.
After he graduated in 1996, Dorian continued to focus on sports and exercise more than music, seeing it as only a hobby, attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he played baseball and majored in Exercise Science on an athletic scholarship all four years. After obtaining his degree in 2000, Dorian moved to Florida and became a personal trainer, performing in bars around the Tampa Bay area on the side. In 2001, he auditioned for a job as a singer-guitarist in a rock and roll show at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay for the fun of it, was hired starting his performing career and ending his career as a personal trainer. For the next four years, Dorian perfected his stage presence through choreographed dancing and performing without a guitar in his hands. Seeking a new experience, he moved on from Busch Gardens to Carnival Cruise Lines, working for six months in two production shows that found him singing broadway and pop music in a cast of two singers, 18 dancers, a live show band. After his short stint in cruise ship entertainment, Dorian went to Branson, Missouri in 2005 and found a year of work in two tribute shows entitled Lost in the Fifties and Stuck in the Seventies.
He has stated it was this engagement where he learned to blend his singing and performing with others whom he shared the stage with. Coming back to Tampa from his time in Branson, Dorian found himself in various shows at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, a regional theater, auditioned for and got a part in his first show with the Walt Disney World Resort at the Polynesian Resort. From 2006 to 2008, he was cast in Mickey's Twas the Night Before Christmas Show, a part of the Magic Kingdom's Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Having proved himself to the company, Dorian acquired a much coveted spot in the Festival of the Lion King in Disney's Animal Kingdom from 2007 until 2009, when he first learned of the audition for his biggest break yet. After tenor Kevin Wright announced his leave from Rockapella in August 2009, the group began a nationwide search for their newest band member. Having sorted through over 150 singers, ten applicants were chosen to audition with the group in Boston in September of that year.
The band sent him three songs to learn: their original show opener "Tonight", their rendition of The Beatles' "Got To Get You Into My Life", a song titled "Imagination", a Temptations/John Lennon mash-up of "Just My Imagination" and "Imagine". "I worked for about two weeks to learn those songs, for me, it was new so I was busting my neck to learn them." Dorian was offered the job as tenor of Rockapella, began in January 2010 after the departure of Wright the previous holiday season. As a member of the nationally acclaimed group, Dorian has contributed two songs to the group's accumulation of songs: "Cupid", a Sam Cooke mashup of "Another Saturday Night", "Cupid", "You Send Me", "Malibu Grand Prix", an original written by Dorian and a friend that the group arranged into an a cappella recording for their 2010 album Bang. Dorian has 3 siblings: Greg and Rick, all of whom are musically involved and can play at least one instrument, while all of the 4 Asadoorian children can play the guitar. Dorian has said that their parents are their inspiration and influence for not only their music goals, but their lifelong goals.
His brother Rick Asadoorian was the first round pick to the Boston Red Sox in 1999. Dorian continued to do showings of the Festival of the Lion King at the Walt Disney World Resort, playing the role of Nakawa, while he lived in Orlando, FL and wasn't on tour with Rockapella. In the summer of 2012, Dorian moved to TN to expand his solo career. Steven Dorian official website
Washington County is a county in the U. S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 20,234, its county seat is Blair. Washington County is part of NE-IA Metropolitan Statistical Area. In the Nebraska license plate system, Washington County is represented by the prefix 29. Washington County is in eastern Nebraska on the Missouri River, it was explored as early as 1739 by Pierre Antoine and Paul Mallet, who were on a trapping expedition to Canada. In 1804, Lewis and Clark reported the establishment of the new United States government to a council of Indian chiefs near the present site of Fort Calhoun; as a result of this Council, Fort Atkinson was established in 1819 and served as a key midwestern outpost until 1827. The first permanent settlement in Washington County was in 1854. In that same year, the county was organized as one of the eight original counties proclaimed by acting Governor Thomas B. Cuming; the county seat has been in three different towns: Fort Calhoun, DeSoto, Blair, its present site since 1869.
The Fort Calhoun Nuclear Generating Station south of Blair, North America's smallest commercial nuclear reactor by rated capacity, was closed in October 2016 to begin decommissioning. An associated system of warning sirens was located in the southeastern part of the county for emergency notification in the event of a problem at the station. An Atlas missile launch site associated with Offutt Air Force Base and deactivated in the 1960s, lies east of Arlington. Washington County lies on the east side of Nebraska, its east boundary line abuts the west boundary line of the state of Iowa, across the Missouri River. The Elkhorn River flows southeastward along the county's southwest border, a smaller drainage, the Little Papillon River, flows southward through the center part of the county, discharging into Glenn Cunningham Reservoir south of the county; the county's terrain consists of low rolling hills sloping to the east, with several drainage channels eroded into its eastern portion sloping down to the river.
The county's planar areas are devoted to agriculture. The county has an area of 393 square miles, of which 390 square miles is land and 3.2 square miles is water. It is Nebraska's fifth-smallest county by area; as of the 2010 United States Census, there were 8,022 households in the county. The racial makeup of the county was 97.1% White, 0.8% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.2% from two or more races. 3.1% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 94.4% of the county was Non-Hispanic White. As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 18,780 people, 6,940 households, 5,149 families in the county; the population density was 48 people per square mile. There were 7,408 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 98.12% White, 0.34% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, 0.63% from two or more races. 1.08 % of the population were Latino of any race.
37.1 % were of 11.9 % Danish, 9.0 % Irish, 7.8 % American and 7.0 % English ancestry. There were 6,940 households out of which 36.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.00% were married couples living together, 7.00% had a female householder with no husband present, 25.80% were non-families. 21.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.10% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.09. The county population contained 27.10% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 26.70% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, 12.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.20 males. The median income for a household in the county was $48,500, the median income for a family was $56,429. Males had a median income of $36,901 versus $25,893 for females; the per capita income for the county was $21,055.
About 4.10% of families and 6.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.00% of those under age 18 and 7.50% of those age 65 or over. Washington County contains Blair Municipal Airport, several small owned grass airstrips, such as the Orum Aerodrome. Blair Fort Calhoun Fontanelle Washington County voters are reliably Republican. In only one national election since 1936 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate. Washington County Historical Association National Register of Historic Places listings in Washington County, Nebraska