Comparative SWOT & Strategy Focus - 2021-2025 - Top 5 U.S. Aerospace & Defense Companies - Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, General Dynamics, Raytheon

Comparative SWOT & Strategy Focus - 2021-2025 - Top 5 U.S. Aerospace & Defense Companies - Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, General Dynamics, Raytheon

Defense Spending on an Upswing in the U.S. and across the Globe despite concerns over Budgetary Deficits in the Post-COVID World

Defense spending in the U.S., the world’s largest, has been on a major upswing led by the resurgence of great power competition amongst leading geopolitical powers and spearheaded by R&D-led technological evolution. The realignment of U.S. defense spending, with renewed focus on competing with near-peer adversaries while sustaining traditional overmatch over adversaries, has accelerated the pace of recapitalization of ageing equipment with the award of several new defense contract awards over the recent years & many others in the pipeline. The same remains a key area of focus for the industry given their strategic nature, size, scale as well as scope & long term horizon.

The transition of the traditional world order towards multi-polarity, marked by the resurgence of great power competition and escalating geopolitical tensions, has effectively heralded a renaissance for the Global Aerospace & Defense industry over the recent years with defense spending clearly on the surge & a clear upswing. The rapid build-up of military capabilities by China and resurgence of Russia on the world horizon has effectively spiraled up defense spending across most regions & parts of the world. The global defense spending reached the $1.98 trillion level for 2020 growing by over 2.6% year on year for 2020 & 3% for 2019 echoing the Cold war-era trend.

However, this global defense spending spree is likely to face pressure from concerns over budgetary deficits caused by the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic which has put significant pressure on government finances across most parts of the world. Additionally, Commercial Aviation had been in dire straits through 2020 with the industry literally battered by COVID-19 with the situation putting pressure on companies with exposure to commercial aviation, especially, Boeing & Airbus and their supply chains, with the behemoths recording one of their worst years ever. The ordeal is less painful for the industry so far in 2021 with domestic passenger traffic reaching pre-covid levels in the U.S. while across the EU it is almost at the 70% level. However, full recovery is projected to be realized only by 2024.

The shift in overarching strategic focus in the U.S. towards defense entails fast tracked procurement of systems & hardware to maintain numerical superiority, in addition, to rapid development & deployment of next generation capabilities and is geared towards plugging existing & potential capabilities gaps, retaining the traditional, long standing strategic capabilities overmatch against adversaries and expansion of capabilities through development & incorporation of cutting edge technologies. The existing U.S.’ delivery systems triad across land, air & sea is being replaced with next generation programs, namely, the B-21 LRSB, GBSD, JLTV, OMFV, NGAD and Virginia-class attack & Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines.

Against this backdrop, the report analyzes the U.S. Aerospace & Defense market in the post COVID-19 world and provides a comprehensive Comparative SWOT Framework & Strategy Focus Analysis on the Nation’s Top 5 Aerospace & Defense Companies. The report analyzes the overall, Near to Medium Term Strategy Focus and provides insights into the Key Strategies & Plans for the leading Aerospace & Defense Primes for the near to medium term horizon based on comparative assessment of:

1. Business Portfolios Analysis & Strategic Positioning across Key Markets & Segments
2. Analysis of overall Cost Base, Structure & Management
3. Relative Presence & Positioning across Defense Programs
4. Analysis of Revenue Streams, Resource Base & Domain Competencies
5. Revenues & Profitability, Key Profit Sources, Growth & Trend Analysis
6. Capital & Ownership Structure and Financial Strength
7. Degree of Diversification
8. Order Backlog Position and Order Book Composition
9. International Presence across Key Geographic Markets & Regions – Breadth & Depth
10. Key Competitor Analysis across Segments & Degrees of Competitive Intensity
11. Competitive Market Positioning across Key Markets & Product Segments
12. Overall Strategy Orientation & Focus, R&D Strategy, Technological Strength & Capabilities

Relevance & Usefulness: The report will be useful for:

Strategic Planning, Assessment & Decision-Making Processes
Competitor Analysis & Comparative Analysis of covered Industry OEMs
Identification of & Insights into Potential Growth Opportunities & Avenues
Analysis of Near to Medium Term Strategy Focus and Key Strategies & Plans for all OEMs
Identifying & highlighting areas for making potential Strategic Changes, Adjustments & Realignment

For Whom: Key Decision-Makers across Industry Value Chain

The report will be essential & a key resource for those associated with and having strategic interest in the U.S. or Global Aerospace & Defense Industry. The report will be especially useful for Key Decision-Makers & Senior Industry Executives apart from Program, Project & Procurement Managers, Defense Procurement Departments & Executives, Suppliers, Vendors, Technology & MRO Services Providers and other Key Players in the Industry Value Chain, Existing & potential Investors, Industry & Company Analysts, M&A Advisory Firms, Strategy & Management Consulting Firms, PE Firms, Venture Capitalists and Financing & Leasing Companies, Researchers and all those associated with the industry in general.

Section - 1
Business Structure & Snapshot – For each of the U.S.’ Top 5 Aerospace & Defense Companies
a) Founded
b) Headquartered
c) Business Segments
d) Employees
e) Revenues
f) Market Capitalization
g) Key Executives
h) Shareholding/Ownership Pattern & Structure
Section – 2
Financial Performance Snapshot - For each Industry OEM
1. Revenue Base & Growth Trend
2. Revenues Split by Key Segments
3. Revenues Split by Key Geographic Markets & Regions
4. Gross Earnings & Margin Trend
5. Operating Earnings & Operating Margin Trend
6. Return on Sales Trend
7. Profitability Growth Trend
8. Cash Flow from Operations
9. R&D Expenditure Trend
10. CAPEX Trend
11. Order Intake Trend
12. Order Backlog Position & Growth Trend
Section – 3
SWOT Analysis – For each of the Top 5 Industry Players
Strengths to be Leveraged
Weaknesses to be worked on
Opportunities to be capitalized upon
Threats to be negated & mitigated
Section – 4
Comparative Analysis of Strengths
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Northrop Grumman Corporation
The Boeing Company
General Dynamics Corporation
Raytheon Technologies
Section – 5
Comparative Analysis of Weaknesses
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Northrop Grumman Corporation
The Boeing Company
General Dynamics Corporation
Raytheon Technologies
Section – 6
Strategy Focus across OEMs – Near to Medium Term – For the Top 5 U.S. A&D Primes
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Northrop Grumman Corporation
The Boeing Company
General Dynamics Corporation
Raytheon Technologies
Section – 7
Analysis of Key Strategies & Plans for the A&D OEMs
Analysis Coverage:
Business and Product Portfolio Strategies & Plans
Market, Segment, Domain & Program Specific Strategies & Plans
R&D Strategies & Plans
Growth Strategies & Plans
Business and Corporate Strategies & Plans
Sales & Marketing Strategies & Plans
Production/Manufacturing Strategies & Plans
Financial Strategies & Plans
Portfolio Adjustment & Realignment based on Acquisitions, Strategic Alliances & JVs
Other Strategies & Strategic Initiatives
Section – 8
Global Aerospace & Defense Industry - Force Field Analysis - Analysis of Driving & Restraining Forces and their Overall Dynamics
Driving Forces
Restraining Forces
Section – 9
Key Trends
Industry Trends
Market Trends
Technology Trends
Section – 10
Key Issues, Challenges & Risk Factors
Section – 11
Latest & Upcoming U.S. Defense Programs – Detailed Program Factsheets
Program Size
Scale & Scope
Competing OEMs
Program Stage & Status
Contract Awards
Latest Developments
Upcoming Milestones
Program Outlook
Section – 12
Strategic Market Outlook – Global Aerospace & Defense
12.1 Analysis of Emerging Market Scenario for Aerospace & Defense
12.2 U.S. & Global Defense Spending Trends
12.3 Top 5 & Top 10 Defense Spending Nations
12.4 Market Outlook & Growth Projections
12.5 Global Defense Spending Level - 2021-2025 – Projections
12.6 Global Defense Spending & Growth Rates for Key Regions – 2021-2025
Middle East

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