Stephen Justice

Santa Clarita, CA


Steve Justice retired as Director for Integrated Systems at Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works operation. In this role, he was responsible for the coordinating emerging program strategies across the Advanced Systems organization.


A native, of Nashville, Tennessee, he is a 1978 graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering.

Steve began his career in defense aerospace as a structural designer in Texas with the General Dynamics Fort Worth Division. In that role, he was member of the F-111, F-16, and F-16XL teams as well as other programs. His responsibilities included aircraft conceptual design and systems engineering and integration.


He joined Lockheed Martin’ Skunk Works in 1984, holding roles of increasing responsibility on programs including the F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter and YF-22 Stealth Air Superiority Fighter.


Steve’s aeronautical experience bridges from operations analysis-based requirements derivation through system flight test. This engineering breadth is complimented by leadership roles as configuration lead, chief engineer, program manager, proposal capture team lead, advanced design group manager, program manager, campaign director, and advanced programs portfolio director.


Steve has 2 awarded patents and 5 classified patent disclosures. He represented Lockheed on the AIAA Committee for Aircraft Design in 1989-90. Steve is the recipient of the Kelly Johnson Inventor of the Year award in 1993 and 1999 and the Engineers Council award for Engineering Merit and Project Achievement in 1996 and 1999.   In 2005, he received the LM Aeronautics Company AeroStar award and Corporate NOVA award for leadership. In 2007, Steve was a member of the National Academy of Sciences panel for the study of methods to reduce aircraft fuel consumption.


Steve was one of the organization’s historians and custodian of reports and artifacts that document ADP’s achievements. He was also an instructor for the Lockheed Martin Technical Institute for Aircraft Configuration Development, Structural Design, Systems Design, Low Observables technology integration. Steve was past director of the LightSpeed youth motivational program sponsored by the Skunk Works.