PR up in the air at Lockheed Martin

FORT WORTH, TX: Lockheed Martin is reviewing its internal PR teams

following its successful bid to build the Joint Strike Fighter


Currently, there are no plans to retain a PR agency to help handle the

enormous contract, which is valued at about $200 billion, but

"that doesn't mean we won't need to use (an agency) from time to time,"

conceded Sam Grizzle, director of program communications and media

relations. "We sometimes reach out to consultants, but it's just too

early now."

Grizzle reports to Mary Jo Polidore, VP of communications and head of

the department. There are three sites - in Fort Worth, TX, Marietta, GA,

and Bethesda, MD - staffed with PR divisions.

The PR manager of the JSF program is John Smith, and he will initially

have a team of two people working for him at the Fort Worth site, where

the program is headquartered.

An offsite meeting is planned to look at the communications needs for

the program. Grizzle said the company might eventually hire additional

PR staff, but he emphasized that it is equally likely that PR staff

employed in other divisions would be moved to work on the JSF team.

The company has also set up a website at to provide

information to the many job hunters eager to join the team.

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