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Thomas C. Walker

Colorado Springs Corporate Lead 

Lockheed Martin Government Affairs

Dr. Tom Walker is the Colorado Springs Corporate Lead for Lockheed Martin Government Affairs. In this capacity, Dr. Walker supports all Lockheed Martin business activities in the Rocky Mountain region. His responsibilities include the development and continuation of customer and business relations with Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) NORAD- NORTHCOM, Army Strategic Command, and Lockheed Martin business elements. His portfolio includes precision, navigation, and timing; space protection and space situational awareness; space fence; weather; and the space launch and range infrastructure. Dr. Walker joined Lockheed Martin in October 2015.


Dr. Walker served over 30 years in the US Air Force, both active duty and civil service. He retired as a Colonel with more than 20 years of Air Force operational, technical, staff, and executive experience in space systems. Dr. Walker entered the Air Force in 1983 as a graduate of Texas A&M University. He served in various assignments to include Headquarters United States Air Force, Operations Officer, 2nd Space Launch Squadron, and then as Commander, 30th Operations Support Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, Calif. He attended Air War College as a student and upon graduation became a professor in the Department of Future Conflicts at Maxwell AFB, Ala. Following an assignment as Executive Officer to the Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command, he was selected as Director, AFSPC Commander’s Action Group and Commander of Thule Air Base, Greenland.


Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Dr. Walker was the Chief of the Global Warning and Defense Division within the Directorate of Requirements, Headquarters Air Force Space Command. He was responsible for documenting all capability requirements for the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS); Early Warning Radars (EWR) and Upgraded EWRs (UEWR); the US NUDET Detection System (USNDS); Integrated Tactical Warning & Attack Assessment Command and Control System; and the Command’s space and terrestrial Environmental Monitoring programs to include the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) and the Weather Satellite Follow-on (WSF).


Dr. Walker graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Industrial Engineering, a Master’s degree in Engineering Administration from The George Washington University, and Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

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Kay Sears 

Vice President and General Manager - Military Space 

Lockheed Martin Space

Kay Sears is the Vice President and General Manager of the Military Space line of business for Lockheed Martin Space. In this capacity, Kay has general management responsibility for critical national security space programs including Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF), Defense Meteorological Space Program (DMSP), Global Positioning System (GPS), Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), Space Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS), Space Protection and other Department of Defense space programs.


Previously, Kay was the Vice President of Strategy and Business Development where she was responsible for growing the Space business with a comprehensive strategy to develop new markets and expand core mission areas. She also led strategic planning, advanced technology concepts and new business acquisition efforts for each of the Space lines of business.


Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Kay served as president of Intelsat General. In this role, Kay was responsible for implementing the company’s strategic and operational plans and for the overall mission of providing a range of sustainable, cost-effective and secure communication solutions to government and commercial customers.


Before joining Intelsat, Kay helped launch government services business units at both G2 Satellite Solutions and Verestar. With nearly three decades of experience, Kay is a respected leader in the space and satellite communications industry and has extensive experience in rapid-response solutions for both military and civil agencies of the U.S. government.


In 2009, Kay was appointed to the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee to provide information, technical expertise, advice and guidance regarding issues that may affect national security telecommunications capabilities.

Kay has a B.S. in marketing and economics from the University of Richmond and an MBA in Information Systems from George Washington University.

  

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Donna Clardy

Supplier Diversity Manager & Material Cost Estimating Manager

Lockheed Martin Space

Donna Clardy is the Supplier Diversity Manager and Material Cost Estimating Manager for Lockheed Martin Space. She is also a Mentor Protégé Program Manager/Subject Matter Expert. In 2014, Donna won the coveted Department of Defense (DoD) Nunn Perry Award for her outstanding leadership of a DoD Missile Defense Agency Mentor Protégé Program. 


Her responsibilities include effective customer relations, exemplary customer service, both internally and externally, leading diverse teams, developing relationships with small businesses, identifying outstanding suppliers for proposal efforts and immediate program needs, and working closely with Lockheed Martin’s Small Business Innovation Research team to identify and develop technically innovative small businesses. In addition, she is an Officer for the Missile Defense Agency Small Business Advisory Council and a Member of the NASA Small Business Advisory Council.


Donna has more than 25 years of experience in the Department of Defense, Aerospace and Legal arenas. She has held key positions throughout her career, including Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Personnel Management, Program Management, Program Integration and Paralegal. 


Donna holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Athens State University and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development from the Florida Institute of Technology.  She is an active member of several internal and external organizations, including the African American Council for Excellence, Women’s Impact Network, Allies for Inclusion, Able & Allies, People Respecting Individuality, Diversity and Equality (PRIDE), Women in Defense the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

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