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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.
Debate

Debate: Will delivery UAVs scale by 2030?

– Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, are a hot topic of debate. McKinsey asked two professionals close to the issue to weigh in on whether they believe UAVs will gain traction and claim a significant share of urban deliveries by 2030.
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Air-mobility solutions: What they’ll need to take off

– Innovators are designing air taxis and delivery drones. But these won’t take flight unless stakeholders accelerate investment in air-mobility infrastructure.
Article

A new approach to Accelerated Performance Transformation

– New technologies are transforming industrial, technology, and consumer companies. How can they improve their margins and growth while funding innovation?
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Eliminating roadblocks to Accelerated Performance Transformation

– A three-step Accelerated Performance Transformation can help industrial, technology, and consumer companies obtain benefits that eluded them in the past.

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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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Issue

McKinsey on Industrial services: Reimagining how services organizations grow

– A set of paradigm shifts is forcing companies to rethink their approach to services businesses, to promote both growth and operational efficiency.

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Munich Security Report 2019: The Great Puzzle: Who Will Pick Up the Pieces?

– This report provides an overview of major security policy challenges and features insightful data, analyses, maps and infographics.
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More European, more connected, more capable: Building the European armed forces of the future

– This report presents five key choices for European leaders to create connected and capable armed forces for the future.

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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.
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The next horizon for industrial manufacturing: Adopting disruptive digital technologies in making and delivering

– The key to continued performance and productivity improvement for advanced industrial companies is the use of disruptive technology... in the manufacturing value chain.
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How industrial companies can respond to disruptive forces

– A survey of 300-plus executives from the automotive, aerospace, and diversified-industrial sectors generated insights that can... help traditional players reckon with change.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Data as jet fuel: An interview with Boeing’s CIO

– It isn’t always comfortable, but data analytics is helping Boeing reach new heights.
Article

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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Refining the flight path: Seven priorities for commercial aerospace leaders through 2020

– Commercial aerospace companies need to focus on several areas, from the evolving industry structure to the development cost curve,... to stay competitive.
Interview

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.
Article

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.
Book Excerpt

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.
Article

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

– A renewed focus on investment calls for A&D companies to unlock significant amounts of cash. The key will be knowing where... to look and what measures can free it up.
Interview

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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