Defense budgets are being cut as Governments rein in spending. As a consequence the role of armed forces in Europe is changing with less emphasis on large scale expeditionary operations and greater focus on smaller contingencies and capacity building. With this shift in emphasis of mission there is a major restructuring to reflect this across all elements of military capability whilst continuing to invest in new battle winning capabilities such as iSTAR. As well as structural changes to uniformed organisations and an increased emphasis on reserves, defense is looking urgently to remove the high frictional costs within its operational and corporate support processes including property, finance, HR, support chain, commercial models and defense acquisition. Finally, there is renewed impetus on homeland security and resilience capabilities with particular emphasis on cyber and intelligence.
The aerospace and defense industry is having to adapt to meet the challenges within this new environment and an increasingly globalised defense and security market. In a shrinking market, international collaboration and global defense platforms are key. Industry faces a constantly changing regulatory environment, ever-developing technologies and new approaches to contracting including an increased desire to transfer risk for Industry to manage. At the same time, the expectation from the defense customer is for ever quicker response to evolving threats through accelerated procurements to satisfy urgent operational requirements.
Our responsiveness and flexibility keeps our business and technology services in high demand. We have many consultants with over ten years of defense experience both in and out of uniform. In addition, we draw on extensive experience in other parallel sectors to maintain innovation and focus on best practice. Our key area of focus is transformation including performance management, information management, IT Strategy (C4ISR), defense logistics and supply chain and operational processes. We aim to enable improved decision-making and increased operational effect whilst delivering gains in economy and performance.
National defense organisations have traditionally been large. In recent years, the size of the armed forces has been reduced in most western countries. At the same time, there is an increased demand for effectiveness and maneuverability. The enabler of increased mission effectiveness and maneuverability is typically modern ICT, which in turns makes defense material increasingly expensive. In order to cope with the increasing cost pressure, structures and management systems must be efficient.
Inventory management presents challenges as keeping costs and inventory low may have a knock on effect that costs lives on the front line. As frontline operations evolve, the supply chain needs to be flexible to satisfy the changing capability requirements but also to move from a location to another.
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We have a strong teaming ethos, working in joint teams with clients to achieve better results. We bring deep understanding of the business environment and external trends to help our clients design and deliver the required results. Our consultants combine a deep knowledge and experience of the defense sector with technical know-how and an ability to draw from our extensive knowledge pool to create solutions with real business value. We offer a real commitment to our clients to deliver excellence together.
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