2010-06-26: Aerospace Giant Lockheed Martin Donating $3.5 Million Training Package to the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology (SIIT) in Saskatoon (Drones)
UPDATE: this initiative has been significantly expanded to include more Government money and other public institutions.
- 2010-11-01 Saskatchewan Aviation Learning Centre (Saskatoon Airport) Grand Opening. Lockheed Martin’s “products” not itemized (UAVs (Drones), cluster munitions, DU (Depleted Uranium) weapons, land mines).
UPDATE (Lockheed Martin continues to increase its presence in Saskatchewan:
- 2014-12-11 U.S. Torture: ADDENDUM, Letter to University, end relationship with Lockheed Martin, ‘contract interrogators’
- 2014-10-20 Lockheed Martin Participation in Solar Energy Project in Swift Current
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We in Saskatoon are now part of the unmanned drones launched by computer-game-whiz kids. You are dreaming in technicolour if you think that bombs won’t one day be coming at us from UAV’s in the sky. Lockheed Martin was fined $13 million in one year alone for contravention of U.S. Arms Export Control laws. They do not care to whom they sell their wares, be they cluster munitions, weapons with depleted uranium, etc.
(2) LOCKHEED MARTIN DONATES $3.5 MILLION TO SIIT, SASKATOON STAR PHOENIX, June 26, 2010
(3) SIIT WEBSITE – LOCKHEED MARTIN DONATES CA $3.5 MILLION TRAINING PACKAGE TO SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGIES, June 25
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June 26, 2010 announcement SSP: Lockheed Martin is donating $3.5 million to SIIT (Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology on 3rd Ave in downtown Saskatoon).
It is not mentioned in the Star Phoenix article what kind of “aerospace” technology we are talking about. It seems reasonable to assume that it’s the same being talked about at White Cap: an unmanned vehicle for military .. use. If you marry the two articles, add in “aerospace”, it would seem that indeed we are talking about unmanned drones that drop bombs on real live people, but ones that live far away.
” … the advanced technology area of aircraft engineering and sustainment,”Tom Digan, president of Lockheed Martin Canada said …
And so, the American military-industrial-congressional complex is imported by quislings who rely on ignorance, into Canada. We now have “inter-operability” with the Americans, “compatible doctrine” and other goodies like lots of money to expand the military-industrial economy that is dependent on the making of war. Thank-you, Stephen and all our politicians! Where is the opposition?
Lockheed Martin – – unmanned drones launched by computer-game whiz kids from military installations in the desert in Nevada against targets in Yemen and elsewhere. Civilian deaths – – and more hatred to stoke the fires of terrorists. We in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan put our hands in the gloves of the people responsible for UAVs, the latest outrage against humanity, not to mention their earlier outrages. The tactics of the Nazis were marginally less immoral than those of Lockheed Martin.
But it’s not over yet. We will stop Lockheed Martin. Non-cooperation (non-violent resistance, the weapon of Ghandi) with the May 2011 Census so long as Lockheed Martin has a role in it, is one part of it.
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“The center is an expression of a successful public private partnership with Industrial and Regional Benefits related to military defence procurement at the core.”
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(2) LOCKHEED MARTIN DONATES $3.5 MILLION TO SIIT, SASKATOON STAR PHOENIX, June 26, 2010
Lockheed Martin donates $3.5M to SIIT
Published: Saturday, June 26, 2010
Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin is donating a $3.5-million “training package” to the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology (SIIT).
The donation, announced at the school’s main campus in downtown Saskatoon Friday morning, includes a package of training materials for the school’s Aviation Maintenance and Engineering (AME) faculty.
The announcement folllows other previously announced partnerships between the company and SIIT. It was made at the school’s Saskatoon campus by company and school officials, as well as Saskatoon Blackstrap MP and Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Lynne Yelich, Saskatchewan Advanced Education, Employment and Labour Minister Rob Norris and Saskatchewan Minister of First Nations and Metis Relations Bill Hutchinson.
- The company will supply the training materials and the two-year course to become a “certified aircraft maintenance engineer” will be taught by SIIT instructors.
Last month, Lockheed Martin donated $100,000 to support the AME program and announced the continued collaboration with SIIT to develop and implement courseware and instructors’ materials for training in more than three dozen engineering disciplines including systems engineering, quality assurance, logistics and interface engineering management.
The advanced modules are similar to those used internally by the corporation and are based on decades of lessons learned in aerospace and systems engineering on major, complex programs.
“We believe this program will enable post-secondary students to enhance their knowledge and skills in the advanced technology area of aircraft engineering and sustainment,” Tom Digan, president of Lockheed Martin Canada said in a statement.
© The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon) 2010
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(3) SIIT WEBSITE – – LOCKHEED MARTIN DONATES CA $3.5 MILLION TRAINING PACKAGE TO SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGIES, June 25
(bottom of this article: it is written by Lockheed Martin.)
Lockheed Martin Donates CA$3.5 Million Training Package to Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies
SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN – June 25, 2010 – Lockheed Martin announced a CA$3.5 million donation of a package of training materials to the school’s Aviation Maintenance and Engineering (AME) faculty.
The announcement, which builds on its relationship with the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies, was made at the school’s Saskatoon campus in partnership with the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.
Lockheed Martin last month donated CA$100,000 to support the AME program and announced at that time the continued collaboration with faculty administration to develop and implement courseware and instructor’s materials for training in more than three-dozen engineering disciplines including systems engineering, quality assurance, logistics and interface engineering management. The advanced modules are similar to those used internally by the corporation and are based on decades of lessons learned in aerospace and systems engineering on major, complex programs.
“We believe this program will enable post-secondary students to enhance their knowledge and skills in the advanced technology area of aircraft engineering and sustainment,” said Tom Digan, president of Lockheed Martin Canada. “Leveraging lessons-learned from decades of work on complex engineering programs, the courseware will build upon the student’s existing curriculum and help ensure that the Canadian aviation industry has the skill force for the future.
“We are honored to have a partnership with Lockheed Martin Canada,” said Randell Morris, President and CEO of the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies. “The responsiveness on the part of this world class defence contractor to the needs of a growing institution such as SIIT is remarkable. We will implement this training package within our Aviation Learning Center, a new training facility site located at the Saskatoon Airport. The center is an expression of a successful public-private partnership with Industrial and Regional Benefits related to military defence procurement at the core. The new facility and these types of training tools provided through Lockheed Martin Canada are the conduit to working more closely with industry and our First Nation communities. I am very grateful to Lockheed Martin for this investment as it showcases how a First Nation post-secondary institution can partner with industry and work together to grow the western economy.”
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors (MS2) is donating the courseware, valued at more than CA$3.5M, as part of the company’s commitment to the Canadian government to satisfy industrial and regional benefits associated with its role as prime contractor for the mid-life modernization of the combat systems on board the Navy’s Halifax Class frigate. The CA$1.6 billion program was awarded in late 2008 to Lockheed Martin Canada.
In the first 12 months of the contract, Lockheed Martin has provided more than CA$200 million in economic and regional benefits though strategic industrial partnerships and investments in research and development. The government’s Department of Western Economic Diversification has added its support to this initiative.
“This program will create jobs and opportunity for Aboriginal students,” said the Honourable Lynne Yelich. “We are pleased to see partnerships like this that will help build a stronger, more diversified economy.”
Earlier this year, the Saskatchewan government announced a CA$350,000 investment in the AME program including an operating grant and donated aircraft to enhance the post-secondary training opportunities for Saskatchewan students.
“The provincial government is pleased to be part of this exciting initiative that will help meet the strong labour market demand for aviation maintenance engineering,” Advanced Education, Employment and Labour Minister Rob Norris said. “This program allows students to receive this specialized training right here in Saskatchewan and be part of our growing workforce.”
Lockheed Martin Canada has about 500 employees principally located in the Ottawa head office, Montreal and Dartmouth. Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 136,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2009 sales of $45.2 billion US.
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