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Avascent and FleishmanHillard co-sponsor U.S. Defense Budget Presentation

On June 6th, Avascent and FleishmanHillard joined forces to welcome foreign Defense Attachés to a presentation by Avascent Managing Director Doug Berenson entitled “Uncertainty Reigns: the U.S. Defense Downturn and Implications for Global Partnerships.” Fleishman International Advisory Board Member, the Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison, former Senator from Texas, offered her perspective as a former member …

Uncovering Opportunity in Saudi Arabia

Over the past five years, the Middle East has emerged as the epicenter of global defense activity. While Saudi Arabia has led the charge, it is the Saudi National Guard (SANG) that has gained much momentum under the radar. While global defense firms have dedicated resources to targeting the Saudi MoD, the SANG has traditionally …

U.S. Companies Set Sights on Middle East Arms Market

Senior Associate Aleksandar Jovovic writes in National Defense magazine on US defense firms’ growing attention to the Middle Eastern arms market, noting that in “the next five years, it is projected that Gulf nations will invest more than $170 billion in military hardware.” However, companies face international competition, complicated decision making processes and offset/partnering requirements.  …

The Economist Quotes Avascent Analytics and Managing Director Jon Barney on Offsets

The Economist recently featured Avascent in an article titled “Guns and Sugar”.   Quoting both Avascent Analytics and Managing Director Jon Barney, the article describes the challenges of global expansion strategies for the aerospace and defense sector, and gives particular attention to the issues offset agreements pose to foreign arms sales. Following a short history of the practice and an …

Resource Extraction as a Defense Adjacency

Facing the specter of the drawdown to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, combined with sequestration, many firms in the defense industry are facing a perilous period. Spending on systems is expected to decline into FY14, after which it should rebound slightly, assuming there are no further major defense cut.  Non-logistics services will fare slightly …

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