Lockheed Martin has named retired Gen. Howard Yellen vice president of Special Operations Support Contractor Logistics Support Services, the company announced yesterday.
Yellen’s main responsibility is executing a 10-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract, potentially worth $5 billion, providing logistics support to U.S. Special Operations Forces around the world.
“Howard’s background encompasses a military and corporate career spanning nearly 40 years,” said Dale Bennett, president of Lockheed Martin Global Training and Logistics. “He is recognized both within and outside the SOF community as an expert in cross-functional team building and focused leadership, strategic communications, change management, organizational development, and performance improvement.”
Before joining Lockheed Martin, Yellen was executive vice president for private-equity firm Patriarch Partners. He served 34 years in the U.S. Army; initially as an infantryman, then transitioning into aviation and culminating his career in special operations, retiring as a brigadier general. His final assignment involved serving as deputy commanding general for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will repair and maintain the fleet of special operations aircraft, ground vehicles, weaponry and electronics equipment, to include managing a global supply chain of parts, warehouses and depots. Lockheed Martin will also manage and upgrade the command’s critical infrastructure, from secure IT networks to worldwide facilities.