Aerospace and defense

Strategy& offers aerospace and defense (A&D) clients an integrated, capability-based, and authoritative industry perspective combined with deep functional capabilities as the only dedicated A&D industry consulting team among the leading management consultancies. We help clients chart new territory in such sectors as commercial aviation, military aerospace, military land systems, shipbuilding, defense electronics, and space. We have decades of experience in helping the industry achieve clarity so clients can realize their goals even in turbulent times.

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Strategy& works with all types of megaproject stakeholders, including corporate owners, engineering procurement and construction (EPC) firms, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), governments, and major suppliers to improve the likelihood that megaproject scope will be delivered safely, on-time, on budget, and with high quality.

Our thought leadership

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As defense spending slows, aerospace and defense companies now have more engineers, and a different mix, than they need.
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In this article for Finance Monthly, Strategy& explores those challenges, and how companies can craft the right strategy to thrive in these market conditions.
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Governments in emerging markets are increasing their defense spending, often on integrated, end-to-end solutions that combine military and security equipment.
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Recent spending trends suggest that some of this dominance has eroded with the military customers becoming more reliant on less exquisite, commercially-derived solutions that can be fielded more affordably.
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In 2014, amid the cacophony of issues competing for senior leadership attention, knowing where to focus limited resources will be critical for the defense industry.
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The current economic pressures in Europe suggest that if defence companies are to remain competitive, they must remain vigilant and continue to take executive action.

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How we help our clients

Our strategy and leadership practice advises companies on growth and new market strategies, provides product portfolio analysis to ensure greater revenue diversification, and analyzes competitor capabilities to provide objective assessments of market strength and long-term positioning.

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We enable seamless transitions through our ability to facilitate postmerger integration and objective-driven change initiatives, helping clients improve their operational efficiency and competitiveness in an increasingly global industry.

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We can unlock our clients’ growth potential by helping develop integrated market and product/service strategies, enhancing technology and product innovation processes, and improving engineering productivity.

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Our megaprojects expertise provides unmatched insight into best practices in program management and performance. We partner with clients to identify how well their execution is aligned with that of top performers in the A&D industry, as well as identifying areas to improve profitability and customer affordability through cost transformation initiatives, organizational change, and operational efficiency.

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Our knowledge and experience in applying lean principles; sourcing expertise; and transparency across the disciplines of manufacturing, distribution, and transportation allow our clients to optimize their supply chain operations.

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We partner with our clients to create value in two important ways: by working with clients to reduce the cost of IT by aligning infrastructure, applications, and acquisitions to best practices; and by identifying opportunities to align IT with corporate strategy to increase competiveness and the ability to integrate with clients and partners, creating new growth opportunities over the long term.

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Client examples

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