Advisor to Defense Science Board
Former EVP / General Manager of Skunk Works
Frank Cappuccio brings four decades of diverse experience in management, engineering, and strategic development and a profound desire to utilize these skills and his wisdom to serve his country. He is currently a senior advisor to the U.S. DOD Defense Science Board and to the National Academy of Science and is a fellow at the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics. He currently serves as CEO and President of Cappuccio & Associates LLC, which specializes in Strategic Planning, Program Management, and Technical Due Diligence Services provided across aerospace and energy industries.
Mr. Cappuccio was the EVP and GM of Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs (Skunk Works) and Strategic Planning for the Aeronautics Company. Mr. Cappuccio led the development of new program initiatives, growing Skunk Works at a year-over-year rate of 25% for over ten years. His achievements include fielding the first operating survivable UAV, prototyping the first P-791 Hybrid Airship, and launching numerous innovations to existing programs including F35, F16, F22, and C130.
Mr. Cappuccio was Vice President of the Joint Strike Fighter Program (JSF). Under his leadership, Lockheed Martin won the JSF contract, the largest contract ever awarded. The capture of the follow-on engineering, manufacturing, and development phase was valued at $20 billion. The key to his success was the technical and financial integration of BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman into a seamless team.
He served both as Vice President for Program and Technology and Vice President, Surveillance and Command for Lockheed Martin’s Aeronautics Company when he first joined Lockheed Martin as part of the Rockwell International merger. While at Rockwell International, he served as Vice President of Advanced Programs, and was responsible for expanding the corporation’s aerospace markets in operations analysis, radar-signature suppression, and advanced weapon system design.
Prior to Rockwell, Mr. Cappuccio served as Program Director of Advanced Development and Technology Operations for Martin Marietta’s Skunk Works. As Program Director, he led rapid-prototyping projects, including smart sub-munitions, dual-mode sensors, radar and sonar systems, and advanced missiles.
Mr. Cappuccio joined Skunk Works on the F117 program, eventually serving as Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the Research, Technology and Development. Prior to Lockheed, Mr. Cappuccio held various positions with Hamilton Standard’s Arma Division and Sikorsky Aircraft.
Mr. Cappuccio’s lifetime honors and awards include the President Bush Innovation Award, Lockheed Martin President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the National Engineers Council “Kelly Johnson Award” and many more.
M.B.A., Adelphi University
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University