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INCOSE Orlando Chapter Meeting: F-35 FACO (Final Assembly & Check Out) & Wing Co-Production in Italy

  • Date:
    June 25, 2015 - 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
  • Address: 3100 Technology Parkway
  • Location: Orlando, FL USA
  • Venue:
    Partnership III, Room 233
Dinner & Networking: 5:45 PM - 6:15 PM
Chapter Business: 6:15 PM
Guest Speaker Presentation: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This presentation with provide an overview of the challenges, journey and successful evolution of a capability to produce F-35 Lightning II, joint forces and multinational aircraft and manufacture F-35 Wings in Italy.  While the assembly of F-35 jets and the manufacture of the F-35 wings was initially conducted in Ft Worth, the facility built in Italy has, in 4 years, gone from a greenfield to a fully functioning manufacturing and assembly operation that will also be the MRO&U for all European/Mediterranean-based F35s.  We will cover the magnitude of the challenges from the contracting, design and construction of the facilities to the onset of the operations, and the vision for the future.

Debra Palmer, Lockheed Martin Corporation, VP&GM, Italy F35 Programs

Debra is the Vice President and General Manager for the F35 Industrial Participation in Italy for the Aeronautics division of the Lockheed Martin Corporation to include the Italian FACO (Final Assembly & Check Out) and Wing Co-Production facilities at the Cameri Air Base in Northern Italy.

Debra previously served as the Vice President of the Enterprise Logistics Solutions (ELS) business area in Orlando, FL and included the development and sustainment of logistics systems such as the F-35 Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS), USMC Embedded Platform Logistics System (EPLS), the UK Joint Asset Management & Engineering Solution (JAMES) and the Navy's eCASS program.  Debra led the capture and subsequent management of extensive international efforts to include major operations in the UK, New Zealand, and Singapore.  Prior to assuming this position, she held leadership positions of progressive responsibility in the areas of Business Development, Program Management, Manufacturing, Quality, Engineering, and IT Operations with Lockheed Martin, United Technologies, and General Electric.  Debra also served as an Ordnance Officer in the U.S. Army prior to entering industry.

A 1975 graduate of Albany State University, she has BS degrees in Chemistry and Biology. In 1998, she graduated with an MBA from the Simon Business School, University of Rochester. Debra, and her husband Gary, have two grown sons and currently reside in Belgirate, Italy.

Please RSVP at by Tuesday, June 23th at 5 pm to be registered for our monthly meeting. There is no cost to attend and dinner is provided courtesy of INCOSE Orlando chapter with RSVP.

The meeting is open to all; you do not need to be an INCOSE member to attend. If you are not a member, we invite you to become a member of the Orlando Chapter of INCOSE at