Fairmont supports clients in strategic analyses and transaction due diligence assignments across the supply chain for defense platforms, hardware, systems, and services, including aviation, space, naval, and ground forces.

Fairmont has supported a wide range of engagements across the defense sector, including:

  • Independent forecast assessment and growth strategy for a Tier 2/3 defense products firm
  • Diligence of a Tier 3 missile systems specialized component provider
  • Long-range business development strategy and planning for a defense prime pursuing a transformative multi-billion dollar naval program
  • Diligence of a unmanned aerial systems support services player
  • Planning, organization and strategic support for an executive off-site for a defense prime
  • Diligence of a military shelter and expeditionary systems provider
  • Diligence of a Tier 2/3 military aviation technology and systems player

Executives and acquirers in the defense sector face a number of challenges and strategic questions as they seek to generate value during a time of great change for the industry. The post-Iraq/Afghanistan security environment remains highly unstable, and next-generation threats loom large in the minds of U.S. defense planners. Budget constraints, while less draconian than many originally envisioned, are placing many segments of the defense sector under significant pressure. A sampling of strategic issues for the years ahead includes:

  • The outlook for the Department of Defense base budget and the impact of changing budget dynamics on strategy and planning
  • The outlook for the Overseas Contingency Operations budget, and potential spillover impact on platforms and systems as overseas activity winds down
  • The shifting mix of capabilities required to meet next-generation threats is driving force structure decisions which ultimately affect platforms, systems, technologies and services
  • The role and implementation of cybersecurity (both defensive and offensive) in the defense and intelligence establishment
  • The role and impact of industrial base planning in ensuring that the United States maintains critical capabilities which may be called upon to a more significant degree in the future
  • The evolution of unmanned systems – and related intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems – as the U.S. and its allies develop more sophisticated, long-range capabilities that can survive in non-permissive environments
  • International procurement outlook in light of the changing global security situation and U.S. force planning