MVSU Alumnus Everett H. Thomas, Major General (Ret.) USAF, has been named as the Director of Air Force Strategic Programs (AFSP) at Lockheed Martin. In this role, Thomas will strengthen and expand Lockheed Martin’s partnership with the U.S. Air Force strategic missile customer.
Thomas retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2013 after a distinguished career that spanned over 20 years, and he brings a strong passion and commitment to this critical mission area. His most recent assignments included Vice Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale A.F.B., Louisiana and Director of the USAF Nuclear Weapons Center, Kirtland A.F.B., New Mexico. His professional experience includes oversight of ICBM development activities, operations and sustainment.
“He is uniquely suited to perform this new role,” said Doug Graham, Vice President of Advanced Programs, Lockheed Martin. “I will be looking to Everett to support and expand our interactions with senior U.S. Government officials, in particular the U.S. Air Force, in an effort to deepen our customer intimacy and partnership. Specifically, he will be supporting our efforts to expand our role under the new FISAC acquisition construct; position for the future Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent initiative; shape and capture opportunities in conventional prompt strike; and support the broader Space Systems leadership role in the Lockheed Martin nuclear weapons enterprise, including support to Missiles and Fire Control on the LRSO program.”
He has earned master’s degrees in National Security Strategy from the US Naval War College and Industrial Safety/Business Management from Central Missouri University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in environmental health from Mississippi Valley State University.