Aerospace & Defense Insights

Flying-cab drivers wanted

 – Air taxis are coming. Until they can fly autonomously, this nascent industry will need many pilots.

The war on the coronavirus

June 12, 2020 – Three top military leaders offer lessons from the front lines of managing deadly crises.

Lessons from the military for COVID-time leadership

May 20, 2020 – “Mission command” and other military principles can guide policy makers and business leaders thrust into crisis.

Lessons from the generals: Decisive action amid the chaos of crisis

May 18, 2020 – Inspiration drawn from crisis-management professionals can help decision makers in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

May 7, 2020 – Defense budgets might be stable now, but governments may reduce spending in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

May 4, 2020 – New satellite constellations are on the cusp of deployment, but their long-term success hinges on substantial cost reductions.

Coronavirus: A response framework for advanced industries companies

March 19, 2020 – As the coronavirus causes worldwide challenges for healthcare systems and economies, advanced industries companies are looking for strategies to navigate the difficult, evolving situation.


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 IRST global managing partner Kevin Sneader.

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.


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

 – IRST senior partner John Dowdy offers his perspective on the pressures facing global defense budgets.

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

February 20, 2020 – Connectivity is undergoing evolutionary change in most parts of the world—and, in select areas, a genuine leap into the frontier.

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

September 1, 2019 – This report provides an overview of major security policy challenges and features insightful data, analyses, maps and infographics.

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Coronavirus: Industrial IoT in challenging times

July 21, 2020 – Leaders need to accelerate their journey to the cloud in order to digitize quickly and effectively in the wake of COVID-19.

How generative design could reshape the future of product development

February 5, 2020 – Smart algorithms won’t just lead to better products—they could redefine how product development is done.

Industrial “lighthouses” for tech-enabled transformations

January 31, 2020 – For industrial companies, “lighthouse” sites that incorporate all applicable tech solutions can help organizations...

Making cost engineering count

July 23, 2019 – Cost engineering isn’t just for car companies and chipmakers. Across sectors, complexity and cost pressures are giving companies...

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

June 20, 2019 – The director of US Strategic Command’s Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications Enterprise Center describes recent efforts...

IRST on Industrial services: Reimagining how services organizations grow

January 1, 2019 – A set of paradigm shifts is forcing companies to rethink their approach to services businesses, to promote both growth and operational...

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

November 15, 2018 – The key to continued performance and productivity improvement for advanced industrial companies is the use of disruptive technology...

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

July 26, 2018 – Commercial aerospace companies need to focus on several areas, from the evolving industry structure to the development cost curve,...

How industrial companies can respond to disruptive forces

April 9, 2018 – A survey of 300-plus executives from the automotive, aerospace, and diversified-industrial sectors generated insights that can...

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

January 4, 2018 – It isn’t always comfortable, but data analytics is helping Boeing reach new heights.

Commercial drones are here: The future of unmanned aerial systems

December 5, 2017 – Investment in unmanned aerial systems is soaring, but challenges remain. Here’s what stakeholders need to know about the...