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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.
Report

Value creation in industrials

– The industrials sector is vital to global economic health. What factors help top companies stand out from the pack and generate the greatest value?
Article

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.
Article

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.
Article

To take off, flying vehicles first need places to land

– The buzz about vehicles flying above hides the infrastructure challenge below.
Article

Organizing for speed in advanced industries

– Faced with the COVID-19 crisis, companies in advanced industries have become more nimble and accelerated decision making. How can they retain this speed once the pandemic abates?
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Risk, resilience, and rebalancing in global value chains

– Companies need an understanding of their exposure, vulnerabilities, and potential losses to inform resilience strategies.

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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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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.
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Opinion: Defense Is Unscathed By COVID-19? Think Again.

– McKinsey senior partner John Dowdy offers his perspective on the pressures facing global defense budgets.
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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Article - McKinsey Global Institute

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.
Commentary

Aerospace and defense spending: What will be the next normal?

– Defense budgets might be stable now, but governments may reduce spending in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Article

Large LEO satellite constellations: Will it be different this time?

– New satellite constellations are on the cusp of deployment, but their long-term success hinges on substantial cost reductions.
Article

Why now is the time to stress-test your industrial supply chain

– An effective way to increase supply-chain resilience is to understand the impact a crisis could have, well before it happens.
Podcast - McKinsey Quarterly

The war on the coronavirus

– Three top military leaders offer lessons from the front lines of managing deadly crises.
Article

Coronavirus: Industrial IoT in challenging times

– The Industrial Internet of Things can help companies navigate the current crisis and emerge stronger once operations ramp up again.
Article

The importance of talent and culture in tech-enabled transformations

– The right combination of talent and culture can help industrial companies set up effective technology functions.
Article

How generative design could reshape the future of product development

– Smart algorithms won’t just lead to better products—they could redefine how product development is done.
Article

Industrial “lighthouses” for tech-enabled transformations

– For industrial companies, “lighthouse” sites that incorporate all applicable tech solutions can help organizations... transition from trials to sustainable change.
Article

Making cost engineering count

– Cost engineering isn’t just for car companies and chipmakers. Across sectors, complexity and cost pressures are giving companies... good reason to follow a more disciplined approach to finding savings.
Interview

Modernizing the US nuclear deterrent: An interview with Elizabeth Durham-Ruiz

– The director of US Strategic Command’s Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications Enterprise Center describes recent efforts... to engage the private sector in modernizing the US nuclear deterrent.
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