Kimberly Ponders: Military Exercise, Tech Investment, Public-Private Partnership Key to Multidomain System Connectivity

Kimberly Ponders

Kimberly Ponders, head of business development at Lockheed Martin's C4ISR division, has said technological investments, wargames and private-public initiatives are essential to facilitate connectivity between systems across land, air, space, sea and cyber domains.

She told Air Force Technology in an interview published Wednesday defense forces should learn how to operate in both contested and permissive environments, and that multidomain operations should leverage technologies that allow “sensing, sharing and action” on a single platform.

Ponders noted that Lockheed explores open architecture, machine learning, automation, pattern recognition and artificial intelligence concepts in a push identify sharing, connectivity and learning methods for disparate systems.

“We are working to link traditionally stove-piped systems and, in order to support the vision of the modern battlespace, developing new technologies with the capacity to expand or flex to ever-changing mission needs,” she added.

She cited the importance of updating legacy platforms and securing new systems to bolster defense against sophisticated threats.

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