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Flying-cab drivers wanted

– Air taxis are coming. Until they can fly autonomously, this nascent industry will need many pilots.
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The war on the coronavirus

– Three top military leaders offer lessons from the front lines of managing deadly crises.
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Lessons from the military for COVID-time leadership

– “Mission command” and other military principles can guide policy makers and business leaders thrust into crisis.
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Lessons from the generals: Decisive action amid the chaos of crisis

– Inspiration drawn from crisis-management professionals can help decision makers in the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Aerospace and defense spending: What will be the next normal?

– Defense budgets might be stable now, but governments may reduce spending in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Large LEO satellite constellations: Will it be different this time?

– New satellite constellations are on the cusp of deployment, but their long-term success hinges on substantial cost reductions.
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Coronavirus: A response framework for advanced industries companies

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

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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 McKinsey global managing partner Kevin Sneader.
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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.

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

– McKinsey senior partner John Dowdy offers his perspective on the pressures facing global defense budgets.
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Connected world: An evolution in connectivity beyond the 5G revolution

– Connectivity is undergoing evolutionary change in most parts of the world—and, in select areas, a genuine leap into the frontier.
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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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Coronavirus: Industrial IoT in challenging times

– The Industrial Internet of Things can help companies navigate the current crisis and emerge stronger once operations ramp up again.
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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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Making cost engineering count

– Cost engineering isn’t just for car companies and chipmakers. Across sectors, complexity and cost pressures are giving companies... good reason to follow a more disciplined approach to finding savings.
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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.
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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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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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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.
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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.
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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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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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