U.S. Dept. of Defense Teaches Lockheed Martin the Importance of Digital Threads

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By Michael Larner | 4Q 2020 | IN-5958


Compensation Is Worth US$71 Million


Lockheed Martin is the lead contractor for the U.S. Dept. of Defense’s F-35 Lightning II Stealth Joint Fighter program. The Defense Contract Management Agency has come to an informal agreement with Lockheed to provide services at a value of US$71 million as compensation for providing parts, dating back from 2015 until early 2020, that did not include their history or information regarding their remaining service life. The issue was uncovered during the Pentagon’s inspector general’s 2019 audit.

The announcement is an example of how seriously final customers take traceability and that failure to comply with contractual terms will result in mediation being sought. Manufacturers need to ensure transparency throughout their supply chains by creating a digital thread of relevant information pertaining to individual parts.

Parts Could Not Be Installed on the Aircraft


The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is the fifth-generation stealth fighter and is deployed by the U.S Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S.…

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