Defense News Top 100 Global Defense Companies (2017)

Revenues for the Top 100 defense companies declined for the fifth year in a row. But, industry revenues are poised to bounce back soon.

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Fortune 500 Aerospace and Defense Companies (2017)

The 2017 Fortune 500 includes 12 aerospace and defense companies, two of which have female CEOs. 

A total of 20 aerospace and defense firms are on the Fortune 1000. Of those 20 firms, 13 gained in rank, 5 dropped in rank, 9 posted job growth, 6 are on the most admired list of companies and 2 firms have female CEOs.

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5 Reasons Your Defense Industry Firm Isn’t in the News More

Deployed correctly, defense contractors can use media relations to influence audiences through valuable editorial coverage that brings third-party credibility and builds trust. 

This guest post is by Kyle Davis, a partner and owner at BDN Aerospace Marketing, a highly specialized sales enablement firm offering strategy, branding, design, and multimedia services to aerospace, aviation and defense industry clients worldwide.

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Top 100 Aerospace Companies – 2015

The aerospace industry is riding a decade-long economic super-cycle. The industry's defense segment, however, remains under strain.

The latest list of the Top 100 Aerospace Companies, compiled by Flight Global and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”), has been released.

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Inc. 5000 Defense Contractors (2015)

The 2015 Inc. 5000 did not break out defense contractors separately, so I did. Here you go.

The number of defense contractors on the 2015 Inc. 5000 is nearly unchanged, declining -1%, from 87 to 86.

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Defense News Top 100 Global Defense Companies (2015)

Overseas troop drawdowns and lagging defense spending has resulted in another year of decreased revenues for defense contractors. Embrace the suck.

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Fortune 500 Aerospace and Defense Companies (2015)

Overall revenues for Fortune 500 Aerospace and Defense firms were relatively flat even though the number of A&D companies on the list grew from 10 to 11.

With an increase of  just 4% (from $315.3 billion to $328.6 billion), overall revenues for the Fortune 500 Aerospace and Defense were relatively flat. Half of that percentage increase represents a newcomer to the Fortune 500: Spirit AeroSystems Holdings.

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How Not To Get Burned By A Federal Business Development Consultant

Are you worried about hiring a federal business development consultant who might be all “Rolodex” and no results? Here's how not to get burned.

This guest post is by Steve Pimpo a Principal at Double Eagle Consulting, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business that provides consulting, sales and relationship management services to companies looking to grow in the federal market. He is a former “Big 4” consulting senior executive and Navy Supply Corps officer, and is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy .

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Top 5 Most Popular Defense Contractor Marketing Articles (2014)

While 2014 was another year of uncertainty for defense contractors, Fire Support's readership continued to grow. Here are the 5 most read articles.

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These are the most popular articles from 2014. Notice I said articles, and not “lists” or “pages.” There’s a difference. Technically, the pages with the most views are list articles (aka “listicles”) like the top defense contractors, top aerospace companies, Inc. 5000 defense contractors, etc. 

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Why Defense Industry Comers Are Mastering Social Media

Suddenly, high on the list of factors that boards now consider when vetting CEO candidates is their mastery of social media. Are you ready? 

In the first-ever analysis of the defense industry’s use of social media by UK-based DefenceIQ, 62% of respondents "believe that it is very important, if not critical, that defence contractors improve their online and social media presence..."

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