AVASCENT WHITE PAPER
By Steve Ganyard (Colonel, USMC, Ret.), David “Chip” Berke (LtCol, USMC, Ret.)
Infographic Contributors: Hamilton Cook, Matt Vallone
Amid all the fanfare around the arrival of fifth-generation fighters in US and allied air forces, it is a mistake to overlook the technological, cultural, operational, and defense industrial disruption these jets will cause as they integrate with legacy aircraft fleets.
Based on insights from recent operational experience with US fifth-generation aircraft, however, Avascent believes there are ways to speed up integration, improve the performance of new as well as legacy fourth-generation fighters, save money, and open the door to new defense-industrial models.
1. Closing the Generation Gap
2. Confronting New Complexity
3. Training for Trust
4. Strengthening Networks
5. Fostering Defense-Industrial Concepts
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
- Steve Ganyard (Colonel, USMC, Ret.) is an Avascent Principal and President of Avascent Global Advisors. Steve’s civilian and military career includes experience in a variety of high-level leadership, managerial and staff positions dealing with complex technologies, strategic planning, foreign policy, intelligence, homeland security and global operations. As a Marine Corps fighter pilot, Mr. Ganyard received two decorations for combat valor and held command positions at both the Squadron and Air Group level, amassing more than 4,200 flight hours in twelve different types of tactical aircraft. At Avascent, he helps clients with international market strategy development and execution, political strategy and risk management, as well as business development and capture support. His primary focus is on Asian markets. For more information, contact: email@example.com.
- David “Chip” Berke (LtCol, USMC, Ret.) is an advisor with Avascent Global Advisors assisting US and allied efforts on the operational, training, and defense industrial challenges associated with transitioning to fifth-generation fighters. One of the most experienced fighter pilots in the world today and the only pilot ever to fly the F/A-18 Hornet, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-22 Raptor, and F-35B Lightning II operationally, Mr. Berke has extensive operational, leadership, and training experience flying fifth-generation aircraft. He led the first tests and established tactics to integrate fourth- and fifth-generation aircraft as the Commander of the Raptor Division at the Air Force’s 422 Test and Eval squadron. He also served as the Commanding Officer of the Marine Corps’ first F-35 squadron, and was the first operational pilot qualified in the F-35B. His training experience includes developing and implementing the first syllabus for US and International Lightning II pilots and serving as the TOPGUN Training Officer, the senior instructor at the US Navy’s Fighter Weapons School.
Avascent is the leading strategy and management consulting firm with more than 30 years’ experience supporting corporate leaders, investors and government stakeholders in the aerospace, defence, security, and public services markets. Working with corporate leaders and financial investors, Avascent delivers sophisticated, fact-based solutions in the areas of strategic growth, value capture, and mergers and acquisition support. With deep sector expertise, analytically rigorous consulting methodologies, and a uniquely flexible service model, Avascent provides clients with the insights and advice they need to succeed in dynamic customer environments.