ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Lockheed Martin publicly upped the ante in its bid to continue running Sandia National Laboratories by announcing Monday that it had partnered with New Mexico State University, the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and Indiana’s Purdue University in the bid it submitted earlier.
Lockheed, which touts two decades of direct experience running Sandia, can now point to enhanced capability in research and development, a steady pipeline of fresh talent from New Mexico academia to staff the lab and university expertise in transferring cutting-edge technology into commercial markets.
The National Nuclear Security Agency has said it will consider all those things when evaluating bids to operate Sandia, which interested competitors submitted to the government on July 13.
Until Monday, only a competing team led by The Boeing Co. and Battelle had publicly announced the inclusion of university partnerships in its bid. The Battelle-Boeing team includes the University of New Mexico, the University of Texas System and the Texas A&M University System.