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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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Munich Security Report 2017: Post-Truth, Post-West, Post-Order

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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.
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– Business leaders are growing more optimistic and think they can head off challenges from commercial firms.
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Global defense spending: The shifting center of gravity

– An understanding of the past century gives context to today’s uncertainty.
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How NATO trains for an uncertain future

– In an interview, Major General Erhard Bühler explains why being lean and agile will be critical.
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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.
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Defense offsets: From ‘contractual burden’ to competitive weapon

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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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