Michael Fleming

FlemingPaper: Cutting Costs and Establishing an Affordable Program

Abstract: Cost is a defining metric for every program or project. However, in recent years as programs have stretched far beyond original projections, reducing costs has gained entirely new importance.

Biography: Michael Arthur Fleming is the Director of the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) program at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.  In this capacity, he is responsible for the development of the LRASM product and conduct of flight demonstrations for DARPA, the U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Navy customers.

Mr. Fleming joined Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, then General Dynamics, in 1984 as a systems engineer.  He worked as an Aircraft Integration Engineer and IPT Lead on numerous F-16 upgrade programs, for both U.S. Air Force and FMS customers, integrating numerous weapons, sensors, and communication subsystems into the aircraft.  He also worked avionics modernization IRADs and participated in several successful new business pursuits.

Mr. Fleming transferred to Missiles and Fire Control in 1999.  He led the Have Lite AGM-142 modernization IRAD to a successful flight demonstration in 2002.  He then filled various technical and program management roles on the Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser (WCMD) program.  Mr. Fleming became Capture Manager, and subsequently Program Manager, of the Assault Breaching Countermine System development program in 2007.  His current assignment is Program Director for the Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) development program.

Mr. Fleming earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from the State University of New York, and an MBA degree in Engineering Management from the College of Business at the University of Dallas.

He and his wife, Pamela, live in Orlando, Florida and have one daughter and one son.