Skunk Works

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Skunk′ Works`

1. Trademark. engineering, technical, consulting, and advisory services with respect to designing, building, equipping, and testing commercial and military aircraft and related equipment at Lockheed Martin Corporation.
2. (usu. l.c.) Also, skunk′works`. Slang. an often secret experimental laboratory or facility for producing innovative products, as in the computer or aerospace field.
[1943 for definition 1, 1965–70 for definition 2; after the Skonk Works, an illicit distillery in Al Capp's comic strip Li'l Abner]
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Air Force's vision for seamless integration across its aircraft, ground and space systems, Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) Skunk Works participated in the Northern Edge military exercise to show how open systems architecture enables unprecedented battlespace awareness to reduce the data-to-decision timeline for the warfighter.
Steve Pace's coffee-table-size book pays tribute to the aviation creativity of engineers--or more accurately, geniuses--at the Skunk Works.
Now Pentagon officials are considering resurrecting the business practices of Skunk Works to inject innovation into weapon programs and cull bureaucratic bloat.
He operated Skunk Works as an autonomous organization within Lockheed, which meant having his own accountants under his control, writing his own contracts, choosing what work he did and for whom, streamlining purchasing to get parts and supplies when needed rather than from the lowest bidder, and adding an unparalleled engineering staff that worked hand-in-hand with the mechanics who built the aircraft.
Out of the Skunk Works came the Model 14 Electra, a wartime bomber for the British; the XP-80 jet in 1944; the F-80 Shooting Star, the first U.
SCOTS internet trading group Keltic Skunk Works have had to change their name after clashing with the world's biggest defence firm.
In 1994, Little, Brown published Skunk Works, "A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed" co-authored by Ben R.
After some general consulting and teaching assignments, Digital Equipment Corporation engaged Hertrich Consulting in a skunk works product development role in 1972.
The Lockheed Martin Skunk Works team is working on a new compact fusion reactor (CFR) that can be developed and deployed in as little as ten years.
s Advanced Development Programs unit, commonly known as the Skunk Works, the airplane is testing technologies that could be used in future long-range strike and reconnaissance aircraft.
Of all the organizations established to develop products quickly and creatively, the lockheed Martin Skunk works probably is the most famous.