Defense companies, be they prime contractors, system integrators, or third-party commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) suppliers, are deemed essential businesses and allowed to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this doesn't mean that their employees and bottom lines are not feeling the impact of this global crisis. In this podcast, Mark Aslett, CEO of Mercury Systems, discusses how the the nationwide shutdown is impacting the defense supply chain and the speed of the defense acquisition process, as well as which types of defense electronic suppliers are likely to feel the most financial pain. He also shares positive examples of how defense companies are stepping up to help the victims of the virus either through fundraising or by supplying desperately needed equipment. Mercury Systems is one of the organizations aiding in the efforts, and Aslett shares how his team is responding and what Mercury leadership is doing to help their own employees during this unprecedented time.
This podcast is sponsored by:
Aerospace Tech Week, which will now take place March 24-26, 2021 in Toulouse, France after being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The show encompasses six different events – Avionics Expo, Connected Aircraft Europe, Aerospace Testing Europe, MRO IT, Flight OPS IT, and FACE. To learn more about Aerospace Tech Week 2021, visit www.aerospacetechweek.com.