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Aerospace and defense companies face an unprecedented challenge as the foreign markets essential to topline growth impose new offset requirements that are stricter, larger, and more complex than ever before. Unfortunately, few firms have implemented a strategic approach to fulfilling their offset obligations. Download the complete article: The Half-Trillion Dollar Challenge.

Companies across most every commercial sector are scrambling to capitalize on opportunities created by the massive wave of “Big Data”. With total data growing at 40 percent per year (EMC), firms as diverse as IBM, Citigroup, Amazon and Wal-Mart have all made managing and analyzing “Big Data” central to their strategies. The potential payoff is …

By Christina Balis Director, Avascent Europe Download:  Financial markets’ initial reaction to France’s election of François Hollande was a blend of apprehension and resignation. The response elsewhere, including in most european capitals, was similarly mixed, reflecting lingering concerns about France’s commitment to balancing its budget but also early acceptance to the arrival of France’s new …

As defense budgets flatten and decline in traditional US and European domestic markets, emerging international markets are becoming an increasingly important component of future growth forecasts for leading global aerospace & defense companies. While international expansion presents a number of challenges for firms, one that stands out is navigating the complex, changing, and frequently opaque …