Peterson, Lockheed Martin focus on defense

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* Name: Robert G. Peterson

* Organization: Lockheed Martin Corporate Business Development

* Position: Vice president, Space Programs, Corporate Business Development, and Director of Colorado Springs Office

* Hometown: Vandalia, Ohio

* How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: Six months this time after a five-year assignment in Los Angeles, Calif. However, I previously lived in Colorado Springs for nine years from 1990 to 1999.

* Education: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics and certificates in meteorology and sea-air interaction

* A few words about your company: Lockheed Martin’s vision is to be the world’s best advanced technology systems integrator. We have almost 9,000 employees in Colorado with 2,400 in Colorado Springs working on nationally significant programs like the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle, Space Based Infrared System, Combatant Commanders Integrated Command and Control System, Theater Battle Management Core System and the Global Positioning System, to name a few, for our government customers.

* Recent accomplishments: I was just promoted to vice president and moved from Los Angeles to Colorado Springs

* Biggest career break: Getting hired by Lockheed Corp. when I retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1993.

* The toughest part of your job: Staying abreast of all the current business being performed by Lockheed Martin and ahead of all the new business opportunities available from our customers.

* Someone you admire: Gen. Lance Lord, commander, Air Force Space Command, a visionary leader who takes care of his people.

* About your family: My wife, Susie, and I have three sons, Tyler, Todd and Tim, and two daughters-in-law, Gretchen and Teri. Tyler lives in Fort Collins and works for Hewlett-Packard. Todd serves with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Carson as a Blackhawk pilot and recently returned from Operation Iraqi Freedom. Our youngest son, Tim, works for Lockheed Martin in Denver.

* Something else you’d like to accomplish: Break 80 on the golf course!

* How your business will change in the next decade: The U.S. military’s rapidly increasing interest in net-centric operations is one major change. To us, that means helping America’s men and women in uniform turn data into knowledge and knowledge into action that makes a difference in battle. We are working closely with the U.S. Department of Defense to develop these new capabilities so our forces can make better combat decisions faster.

* What book are you currently reading? “The Pentagon’s New Map-War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century” by Thomas P.M. Barnett

* What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? I loved living here during the 1990s and it’s been great since I returned several months ago, so there’s not a lot I would recommend changing. But perhaps dedicating some more funding to the road system to relieve some of the traffic bottlenecks would be something to consider.