For decades across the aerospace and defense industry, companies have created individual defense capabilities, such as a new aircraft, based on the mission needs of their particular military customer. Developing these capabilities meant creating hardware and software unique to that system and unique to the manufacturer.
While that process resulted in the military receiving highly-advanced capabilities, excellent at performing the intended mission or task, it also resulted in programs that locked the customer into the same supplier for sustainment and modernization for decades.
Continuously advancing technologies are changing that paradigm and changing the business of defense and national security. And this digital transformation is paving the way for delivering what the military needs — rapidly developed new capabilities to meet changing threats.