Publications

  • Winning in the New Normal of Government Services

    April 26, 2017 | Bain Brief

    Learn to balance scope, speed and rate to grow in a challenging environment.

  • Chinese aerospace: We are sorry to announce

    November 05, 2016 | Aerospace, Defense & Government Services | The Economist | Media mention

    Over the next 20 years both the European and the American aerospace giants forecast that China will become their biggest single market due to demand for new aircraft by Chinese airlines keen to meet the rising middle classes' desire for air travel. Boeing estimates that China will need 6,810 jets

  • It's time for tough choices

    November 04, 2013 | Aerospace, Defense & Government Services | Aviation Week

    It's time for governments to make tough surgical decisions about where to cut the budget. If that means killing programs, so be it, but don’t undermine all programs to avoid killing a few.

  • Defense contractors look for life rafts

    October 25, 2010 | Aerospace Daily & Defense Report | Media mention

    On the same day it announced a 23% drop in operating profit in its defense business amid shrinking margins, Boeing received some good news. U.S. officials announced a $60 billion set of Foreign Military Sales to Saudi Arabia that includes updated Boeing F-15 fighter jets.

  • Lockheed buyouts raise questions as industry downsizes

    September 19, 2010 | Aviation Week | Media mention

    It was a bit surprising when Lockheed Martin Corp. announced this month that 600 of its executives - 25% of the total - have applied to accept buyout packages.

  • Weaker euro equals stronger airbus

    June 09, 2010 | Aviation Week | Media mention

    A decline of more than 20% in the value of the euro against the U.S. dollar is bolstering the competitiveness of Airbus and other European aerospace manufacturers while eroding a pricing advantage that a weak dollar has provided to Boeing and U.S. suppliers for several years.

  • Diversification for dummies

    January 17, 2010 | Bain Corporate Strategy, Industrial Machinery | Aviation Week

    Even as recession-battered companies in many industries are starting to feel some lift, the aerospace and defense (A&D) sector is being buffeted by new challenges that threaten to stall their growth.

  • Invest today, lead tomorrow

    May 03, 2009 | Industrial Machinery | Aviation Week

    Like most businesses, aerospace and defense (A&D) companies are battling some broad economic headwinds. They also are being buffeted by powerful industry-specific downdrafts as governments tighten budgets, defer or cancel new programs, and revamp acquisition practices.

  • Finding opportunity in dollar's decline

    February 17, 2008 | Airlines & Transportation | Aviation Week

    Aerospace and defense companies thrive by engineering aircraft that can cruise through turbulence and by building battlefield-hardened weapons systems. But now their biggest challenge may be how well they can weather the currency-market wind shears that have pushed the U.S.

  • About Face

    September 07, 2003 | The Deal

    When they're in the throes of a corporate bottoming-out, most executives aren't looking to produce a banner year; they'll settle for stabilizing the company's performance.