Croom joins new Lockheed unit

Former DISA chief to lead strategy at new cyber security center; former DHS exec Holcomb to lead technology effort.

Retired Lt. Gen. Charles Croom, former director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, has joined a newly established unit of Lockheed Martin, to lead the corporation's cybersecurity strategy, the company announced today.

Croom, who retired in July as commander of the Joint Task Force for Global Network Operations and head of DISA, will drive the company's cybersecurity initiatives through a newly created unit called the Center for Cyber Security Innovation. Croom will have the title of vice president of cybersecurity solutions, the company said.

The company described the new cybersecurity center as an evolutionary step.

'This evolution does not change what we do in cybersecurity, but how we do it,' said Rick Johnson, chief technology officer of Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Services. 'We intend to uniformly execute the delivery of our cybersecurity solutions across the company to benefit our customers long-term.'

Also playing a lead role at the new unit is former Senior Executive Service official Lee Holcomb, who was appointed vice president to lead the center and manage technology solution development, process excellence and talent development.

Holcomb was formerly chief technology officer for the Homeland Security Department and will be responsible for shaping technology initiatives and for strategic research and development.

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