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Having retired from the Royal Navy in June 2009, following thirty-six years as a weapons engineer, David Jarvis CBE CEng FIET joined Lockheed Martin UK Ampthill as a Strategic Systems Advisor.
His last post in the service was as the chief strategic systems executive, being both the UK project officer for the Polaris Sales Agreement and responsible for the assurance of continuous at-sea deterrence.
Concurrently he held the post of director of Strategic Weapons Systems in the DE&S, (now the Strategic Weapons Project Team), charged with the provision and support of the UK Trident II D5 system.
He had previously created and led a specialist expert team in conducting the preliminary research into nuclear deterrence options - the findings of which informed the Government's White Paper. He thereby became part of the initial programme for a potential successor SSBN. He also created and directed a Deterrence Customer Group in the MoD's Equipment Capability area for the current and future deterrent.
Prior to that he served at US Strategic Command in Omaha Nebraska as the UK and NATO targeting officer, was the assistant director for nuclear policy in the MoD, and spent time at sea in Polaris-, Chevaline- and Trident-equipped SSBNs.