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Five keys to digitizing aerospace and defense companies

– Most aerospace and defense companies have launched digital transformation efforts. Few of them are working out. Here’s how to get better results.
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Data as jet fuel: An interview with Boeing’s CIO

– It isn’t always comfortable, but data analytics is helping Boeing reach new heights.
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Commercial drones are here: The future of unmanned aerial systems

– Investment in unmanned aerial systems is soaring, but challenges remain. Here’s what stakeholders need to know about the evolving landscape.
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War and peace: Evolving challenges and strategies in the US military

– Five experts describe the technological, environmental, and other disruptions that are changing the way the US armed forces manage conflicts and pursue peace initiatives.
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More tooth, less tail: Getting beyond NATO’s 2 percent rule

– This excerpt from a new book published by Aspen Strategy Group offers a path to better and more meaningful metrics.

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How Airbus is navigating a digital transformation

– The aerospace and defense company is charting a course to software and services, focusing on creating new data-driven models to complement its hardware platforms.

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Supply-chain management in aerospace and defense: Cash is king—again

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Perspectives on the future of space exploration

– Five leaders from industry, academia, and business outline the realities of sending new technologies, research methodologies,... and business models into orbit.
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Agility in US national security

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How aerospace should deal with Brexit

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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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International defense sales: Opportunities, but not for all

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How NATO trains for an uncertain future

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

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