Lockheed Martin CEO Bob Stevens

CEO Bob Stevens warned against the consequences to U.S. national security and the economy of the automatic cuts known as sequestration, calling on Congress to find a better solution to address US fiscal challenges. “Every month that goes by without a solution is a month of additional uncertainty, deferred investment, lost talent and ultimately, increased cost,” Stevens said. “Respectfully, I urge you to take action to stop the sequestration process and ask that you do so soon.” Lockheed Martin reduced its workforce by 18 percent, or 26,000 employees, since 2009. Based on the limited information available on how sequestration will be implemented, the company roughly calculated that they could be required to lay off as many as 10,000 employees.

“But which 10,000? And when? That is difficult to determine without additional guidance from the Government that allows us to narrow the potential impacts,” Stevens said. “We are very hungry for more guidance, very hungry for more information so we can narrow this and behave responsibly.” Stevens outlined Lockheed Martin’s recent cost-cutting efforts resulting in billions of dollars in reductions over the past three years, removing 1.5 million square feet in its facilities’ footprint, with another 2.9 million square feet reduction before the end of 2014.

“Most tragically, we feel we will be unable to provide the equipment and support needed by our military forces, and we are unable to reliably estimate how many employees are going to lose their jobs and how many families are going to be disrupted.” Stevens cautioned.

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