A composite material skin (42) is attached to a composite material support structure (26) by a plurality of metal lock bolts (64). A foraminous metal material (44) is embedded in the matrix of the outer layer of the skin (42) and positioned outwardly of reinforcing graphite fibers. The metal (44) is preferably copper in a knitted, woven, or expanded metal configuration. The metal (44) is in direct electrical contact with the graphite fibers to disperse current throughout the skin (42) and is sufficiently proximate to the lock bolts (64) to divert current away from the bolts (64). Each bolt (64) is surrounded by an expanded sleeve (74) and fits tightly within the sleeve (74) to provide good electrical contact between the bolt (64) and the skin (42).; The inner end (70) of the bolt (64) has parallel grooves (72) thereon, and a collar (76) is swaged onto the end (70) to prevent arc plasma from escaping into the interior of the aircraft. The inner end of a removable threaded fastener (28) is sealed by a dielectric cap (86). A ground stud (92) is provided with an expanded sleeve (74'') and a collar (76).