BETHESDA, Md. – The American defense contractor Lockheed Martin announced today that it will be bringing world-renowned scientist Jonathan Pollard on to head the company’s stealth fighter program. “We are very excited to have Mr. Pollard with us. Given his extensive knowledge of U.S. intelligence and weapons systems, we feel he’ll make an excellent addition to the Lockheed Martin team,” said company CEO Marilyn Hewson.
An American-Israeli citizen, the sixty-year-old Pollard previously worked as a Navy intelligence analyst before taking a thirty-year sabbatical at a monastery in the Himalayas where he underwent a “period of deep self-reflection.” Pollard said with the help his bunk-mate, ‘Spider,’ he was able to reach his inner being and discover his life’s purpose. “Spider really helped me understand that my destiny is to help the U.S. develop advanced stealth fighter aircraft.”
Lockheed Martin has been working in conjunction with Boeing to develop a proposal for a Long Range Strike Bomber for the Department of Defense. The U.S. Air Force has said it plans to purchase a minimum of eighty LRS-B aircraft at $550 million each. The two companies are competing against Northrop Grumman for the contract.
Mr. Pollard will be given a high-level security clearance and unrestricted access to Lockheed’s research division where he will oversee the development of the Long Range Strike Bomber as well as other ongoing projects, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Pollard is set to assume his new position on November 21st of this year.