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skunkworks

A project undertaken by a highly motivated group of people who are given autonomy to work without the normal company restrictions. Typically referring to projects for software or electronics that are sometimes developed in secrecy, the term was derived from the Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Program "Skunk Works" and popularized by Tom Peters and Nancy Austin in their 1984 book "A Passion for Excellence."
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Our compact fusion concept combines several alternative magnetic confinement approaches, taking the best parts of each, and offers a 90 percent size reduction over previous concepts, said Tom McGuire, compact fusion lead for the Skunk Works Revolutionary Technology Programs.
With the Pentagon now under growing pressure to bring programs to fruition faster and cheaper, it is understandable why Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, is turning to Skunk Works for inspiration.
When he retired in 1975, he had turned down Lockheed's presidency three times and was head of Advanced Development Projects, otherwise known as the Skunk Works.
That resulted in tearing down the walls between the three locations, as well as those that had built up around the Skunk Works itself.
He went on to say, "Calian is extremely proud to have been selected by the Skunk Works from a prestigious list of competitors.
The Skunk Works team tackled the time-limited task by implementing an impressive BIM workflow and brand-new technologies.
Glasglow earned the 1994 Inventor of the Year Award for the Skunk Works and 2003 Engineer of the Year Award from the San Fernando Engineer's Council.
Lockheed Martin Skunk Works and Gulfstream share a competitive drive to be the best and the first in our respective fields.
Skunk Work Technologies' affiliate Clean Water Research & Technology, LLC, has a break-through technology whereby CWRT's system can raise the level of dissolved oxygen naturally as high as 10-18 parts per million in a body of water.
The Skunk Works has a history of developing cutting-edge aircraft, including the U-2 spy plane and the F-117 stealth fighter.
Lockheed Martin's Palmdale site, home of the Skunk Works, was also recommended for AS 9100 registration in June, marking the completion of companywide certification.
Lockheed Martin's renowned Skunk Works officially marks its 60th Anniversary today.