This morning, space-based surveillance firm HawkEye 360 announced its “Strategic Cooperative Agreement” with weapons giant Lockheed Martin “on delivering sophisticated RF [radio-frequency] intelligence systems globally”. HawkEye’s current constellation of 21 satellites is trained to locate the sources of electromagnetic emissions with wavelengths ranging from roughly 2 meters down to 2 centimeters, with “Signals of Interest” including satellite phones, walkie-talkies, cellular towers, and GPS.
The announcement of HawkEye’s partnership with Lockheed came as part of a $10 million addition to HawkEye 360’s fourth major investment round — known as a “Series D” — with Lockheed Martin Ventures named as the primary additional investor, alongside unnamed “company insiders”. Despite not being a household name, HawkEye has long been considered one of the six most influential U.S. defense technology companies, as evidenced by serving as the ‘H’ in the popular defense tech acronym ‘ SHARPE’, alongside data-fusion giant Palantir’s ‘P’.
In addition to former Texas Congressman Lamar Smith having formally lobbied for the company, former U.S. counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke has been a special assistant to HawkEye CEO John Serafini. And the company’s advisory board has been packed with three former members of Congress as well as former high-level military officials, including former National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers and John Abizaid, the former head of Central Command who subsequently became Donald Trump’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. President Biden’s departed National Cyber Director, Chris Inglis, was similarly an early member, and HawkEye’s board of directors previously included the former Chief Technologist of Google Federal, Rob Painter.