Monthly Archives: March 2014

Lessons in A&D and Auto Supply Chain Strategy, Part 2: Focus on Competitive Advantage

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by KPMG’s George Odden & Vincent Pavlak In July 2010, Vincent Pavlak, a partner in KPMG LLP’s Transactions & Restructuring service group, contributed an article to Defense Industry Daily, titled, “Lessons from the Automotive Supply Chain: Surviving a Downturn.” At the time, the automotive industry was enduring one of the worst economic periods in history, and there were concerns that the aerospace and defense industry could suffer a similar fate. Ultimately, the automotive suppliers that endured the downturn have emerged stronger, due in part to critical efforts undertaken during the crisis. …

Next NATO Secretary General Opposed the Organization as a Youth Activist

Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg will be NATO’s next secretary-general starting on October 1st. As a youth activist he used to have strong feelings against the alliance. Rapid Acquisitions The RAND research organization examined how the US Army can better expedite command and control acquisition outside of ponderous formal processes. Neighbors May Shun Qatar But Thales Doesn’t Thales announced it signed a memorandum of understanding to help the Qatar Armed Forces develop an optionally-piloted aircraft to be used for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance. Astrium Employees Oppose Job Cuts While Parent Company Is Profitable 1,200 Airbus Defence & Space employees demonstrated [in French] last week in Toulouse, France, to ask the French government to pressure Airbus into opposing planned job cuts…

Lessons in A&D and Auto Supply Chain Strategy, Part 1: Supply Chain Challenges

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by KPMG’s George Odden & Vincent Pavlak In July 2010, Vincent Pavlak, a partner in KPMG LLP’s Transactions & Restructuring service group, contributed an article to Defense Industry Daily, titled, “Lessons from the Automotive Supply Chain: Surviving a Downturn.” At the time, the automotive industry was enduring one of the worst economic periods in history, and there were concerns that the aerospace and defense industry could suffer a similar fate. Ultimately, the automotive suppliers that endured the downturn have emerged stronger, due in part to critical efforts undertaken during the crisis. …