Aerospace & Defense


Defense outlook 2017: A global survey of defense-industry executives

– Business leaders are growing more optimistic and think they can head off challenges from commercial firms.

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McKinsey on Defense, Number 9

– As austerity settles in, our latest collection explains the ways that defense ministries, NATO, and defense companies are adapting.

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How aerospace should deal with Brexit

– McKinsey senior partner John Dowdy offers his perspective on how Britain’s vote to leave the European Union may affect the aerospace... sector.

International defense sales: Opportunities, but not for all

– Most defense contractors expect to find growth in international sales and noncore businesses. Only a few are likely to succeed.... Five actions can improve their chances.

Five principles to manage change in the military

– Two change-management experts offer guidance on moving from the what to the how.

Global defense spending: The shifting center of gravity

– An understanding of the past century gives context to today’s uncertainty.

How NATO trains for an uncertain future

– In an interview, Major General Erhard Bühler explains why being lean and agile will be critical.

Reform as an imperative: An interview with Vice Admiral Eric Chaplet

– The new head of performance discusses the pace of change in the French military and the differences between management and command.

Defense offsets: From ‘contractual burden’ to competitive weapon

– Western defense companies looking to new markets often view “offsets” as a burden in international sales. Yet there... is value in these industrial compensation arrangements with foreign governments.
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Fiscal shock, combat awe

– The United States has traditionally cut defense costs in the wrong ways. In this edited extract from a new Aspen Strategy Group... book, McKinsey’s John Dowdy and Diana Farrell explain how the country can preserve its fighting power in the age of austerity.
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Brazil’s path to inclusive growth

– To raise incomes and living standards, Brazil must accelerate productivity growth. Building new connections with the rest of the... global economy could provide the opening to do just that.

Enlisting productivity to reinforce European defense

– In an era of fiscal restraint, the defense future of Europe will depend on how well it can bring productivity into the equation.

The US growth opportunity in trading knowledge-intensive products

– Susan Schwab, professor at the University of Maryland and an adviser to the law firm Mayer Brown, examines the role that trade... in knowledge-intensive products such as airplanes and automobiles plays in economic growth and job creation and explores policy changes that can boost exports in these sectors.

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