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Decarbonizing defense: Imperative and opportunity

– Defense organizations are a major source of carbon emissions. How can they operate more sustainably while preserving mission-critical capabilities?
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Simon Pryce of Ultra Electronics on growth

– Here’s how he turned an aggregation of acquisitions into a cohesive innovation engine.
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Reducing aviation emissions over the long and short haul

– Aviation emissions occur across all lengths of flight, including short haul, where novel, green propulsion can be part of the decarbonization solution.
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Up in the air: How do consumers view advanced air mobility?

– Our new global survey shows that consumers are ready to take advantage of advanced air mobility, but concerns remain.
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Digital: The next horizon for global aerospace and defense

– Digital can help A&D become more resilient, efficient, and innovative. Here’s how.
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Implementing a digital transformation at industrial companies

– Six building blocks can help industrial companies create a strong digital strategy and generate top value from digitization.
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Right in your backyard: Regional airports are an accessible and underused resource for future air mobility

– As travel begins to rise in the wake of COVID-19, regional airports can help promote green transport and ignite a new wave of regional air transport.
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How air travel is evolving postpandemic

– The COVID-19 pandemic decimated airlines in 2020, yet there are reasons for optimism as the industry looks to recovery.
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Creating strong digital B2B channels at industrial companies

– The digital solutions common at many companies are new to most industrials. How can digitization take root in this complex industry?
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Wall Street to Mission Control: Can space tourism pay off?

– With the COVID-19 pandemic curtailing earthly travel, space tourism may seem like a far-fetched dream—but some companies are betting on high demand.
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Rethinking inventory management in defense

– Defense companies will have difficulty unlocking cash as their balance sheets become increasingly burdened with unbilled receivables. A new inventory-management approach can help.

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Future Air Mobility blog

Perspectives and analyses on urban air mobility, drones, electric aviation, and more

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General James Mattis on leading in a crisis and thriving in the next normal

– The former US defense secretary shares lessons on how to emerge from the pandemic and prepare for what comes next, in a conversation with McKinsey global managing partner Kevin Sneader.
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A former European defense chief offers leadership lessons for tackling coronavirus

– The former chief of defense of the Netherlands armed forces, Tom Middendorp, describes his approach to crisis management amid a complex situation like the coronavirus outbreak.

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Building a more competitive US manufacturing sector

– A fresh sense of urgency and new opportunities could give the sector momentum.
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The state of AI in 2020

– Our 2020 AI survey shows artificial intelligence has become more of a revenue driver. Companies earning the most from AI plan to invest in it more in response to COVID-19.
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

Connected world: An evolution in connectivity beyond the 5G revolution

– Connectivity is undergoing evolutionary change in most parts of the world—and, in select areas, a genuine leap into the frontier.

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Seizing the moment: Talent challenges and opportunities in aerospace and defense

– Aerospace and defense companies face tough competition when recruiting talent. How can they reinvigorate the pipeline?
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Smart quality in advanced industries

– Advanced-industries companies have the unique opportunity to implement an approach to quality that goes well beyond execution... and compliance.
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CEO dialogue: Perspectives on reimagining industrial supply chains

– After seeing the COVID-19 pandemic generate unprecedented disruptions to global supply chains, CEOs are taking innovative approaches... to build resilient, digitally infused operations.
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Clearing the air on cloud: How industrial companies can capture cloud technology’s full business value

– The industrial application of cloud technology is widely seen as very promising, so we went to the front lines and conducted a... large-scale survey to find out what really works.
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The next wave of M&A in advanced industries: Are you prepared?

– This may not seem like a promising time for M&A, but industrial companies that act now may emerge stronger after the COVID-19... pandemic.
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Reenergizing an exhausted organization: A conversation with Admiral John Richardson

– The former chief of naval operations suggests strategies for leaders to avoid burnout and prevent pandemic fatigue.
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Scaling sustainable aviation fuel today for clean skies tomorrow

– The move to sustainable aviation is now an imperative.
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Making the cloud pay: How industrial companies can accelerate impact from the cloud

– The cloud’s real value goes far beyond IT: it can help industrial companies reinvent how they develop, deliver, sell, and service... their products.
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Modernizing military acquisition and sustainment for the 21st century

– A strategy with five ingredients can help acquisition systems deal with stretched budgets, time overruns, and the COVID-19 crisis.
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COVID-19 and climate change expose dangers of unstable supply chains

– With the world undergoing its second “once in a generation” disruption in 12 years, a reappraisal of supply chains is in order.
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Call to action: How A&D companies can build the workforce of the future

– In light of the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the aerospace and defense sector is reimagining talent management... to boost critical digital skills.
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