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Oxford Martin Associate, The Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre


Alan Mears

Complex Programme Manager, Lockheed Martin

Alan Mears served for 25 years in the Regular Army with the Royal Artillery, and continues to serve as a reservist with the Specialist Group Royal Signals; reservist operational deployments included mobilised service in Iraq in 2003, and Afghanistan in 2006 where he filled key joint fires and targeting appointments.

Since 2002 Alan has been immersed in the Defence agenda of what started as Network Enabled Capability through his roles at the NITEworks partnership, and as  the operations lead for the MOD Command and Control Battlelab (C2BL): as one of the C2BL co-founders, Alan played a key role in shaping and delivering MOD’s C4ISR  and Attack-the Network capabilities for Afghanistan which has set the tone the MOD’s future programmes.

Involved with Lockheed Martin’s cyber capabilities since 2011, Alan is currently playing a lead role in shaping and delivering Lockheed Martin’s Computer Network Operations cyber portfolio to defence:  in this arena Alan brings with him a pragmatism that is informed through having successfully delivered complex information related concepts and ideas into culturally and financially challenging environments.  A practitioner’s view of the issues involved in developing, building, delivering and supporting complex capabilities across large enterprises where people and process are often more important than the technology is supported by exposure to the legal complexities that surround the operating of many of these capabilities within a defence context.  Alan is currently supporting Lockheed Martin’s contribution into the Defence Cyber Protection Partnership (DCPP).

Alan is a member of the Cybersecurity Advisory Panel of the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre. For more information visit: http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/cybersecurity