About Us

In 2012, Lockheed Martin launched the National Engineering Forum, then in partnership with the Council on Competitiveness and the National Academy of Engineering, which share a common vision for transforming the way we perceive, experience, and prioritize engineering in this country. NEF brings together leaders concerned about the sustainability of engineering in the United States and the impact on the nation’s security and prosperity. NEF is identifying solutions for challenges facing the U.S. engineering enterprise – capacity, capability, and competitiveness – the 3C’s.



Lockheed Martin Corporation

Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 112,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

 “The American engineering enterprise is the foundation of our country.  Engineers are the innovators, the problem solvers and the leaders who will ensure our national security and prosperity as we meet tomorrow’s challenges. The sustainability of the engineering enterprise is paramount to maintaining our national leadership in a global economy.”

Jeffrey J. Wilcox
Vice President for Engineering
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Council on Competitiveness

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Founded in 1986, the Council on Competitiveness is a non-partisan and non-governmental organization of CEOs, university presidents and labor leaders working to set an action agenda to drive U.S. productivity and leadership in world markets and to raise the standard of living for all Americans.

“America’s future productivity, prosperity and security is a function of the roles engineers and the engineering profession play in our society. In an era of turbulence, transition and transformation, engineering leadership will be critical in building a strong foundation for America’s long-term growth and competitiveness.”

The Honorable Deborah L. Wince-Smith
President and CEO
Council on Competitiveness

National Academy of Engineering


Founded in 1964, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. The NAE has more than 2,000 peer-elected members and foreign associates, senior professionals in business, academia, and government who are among the world’s most accomplished engineers. They provide the leadership and expertise for numerous projects focused on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life.

“Engineers are job creators. Through design, manufacturing, innovation, and entrepreneurship they meet challenges, field new products, and keep us competitive. Our nation must advance the quantity, quality, and diversity of its future engineering workforce to fuel our economy and advance U.S. leadership on the world stage.”

Dr. Charles M. Vest
Past President
National Academy of Engineering

The NEF Community

NEF regional dialogues are a cross-industry, action-oriented series of invitation-only discussions to define and chart the leadership role the U.S. engineering community must take in the global marketplace to secure our economic future. The dialogues bring together engineering business leaders who are concerned about the sustainability of the engineering field and the future engineering workforce in the United States with leaders in academia, policymakers, media, entrepreneurs, engineering societies, and relevant NGOs.