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Take a closer look. Charles River Associates helped a $12 billion division of a global defense contractor
identify key areas of future growth and develop the business cases that facilitated a major organizational
redesign of its business.

Aerospace & Defense

Aerospace & Defense (A&D) consulting applies CRA's strengths in strategy development, economics, litigation support, and public policy to the challenges confronting industry, investors, and governments. We are known and trusted for our broad and deep industry expertise; sharp analysis; and independent, objective advice.

Click here to download the Aerospace & Defense Mergers & Acquisitions Map (January 1993 – December 2010).


CRA excels at engagements spanning the full cycle of a strategic initiative—from corporate development planning and transaction advisory services, through market assessments, business development campaigns, and regulatory support.


We harness market insights and disciplined financial analyses to clarify the risks and opportunities of returns from capital employed in the aerospace and defense sector.


CRA mediates the imperatives of Wall Street and Washington and analyzes their significance for the health and efficiency of the industry.

A&D professionals

Our consultants have served in the US Armed Forces and worked at the leading aerospace and defense corporations, as well as at the financial institutions that support them and the government agencies that regulate, administer, and procure from them.  As a result, we have broad perspective and deep understanding of the strategic context in which these interrelated entities operate.

We have been involved in some of the largest, most complex mergers and acquisitions in the A&D industry, and are skilled in helping our clients across the globe understand and assess the market and portfolio implications of emerging technologies and world events. In short, we serve as valued partners and advisors to senior executives seeking to address challenges few industry outsiders understand.