Dynamic Contract Manufacturers
Why they’re on the radar of leading OEMs in crucial U.S. industries
The United States is engaged in an international race for technological advantage that could impact the nation’s economic competitiveness, national security, and quality of life for years to come. With programs ranging from hypersonic aircraft to directed energy weapons, the defense industry has a pressing need for advanced technologies. But demand for next-generation technology also exists in industries like broadband communications, energy, medical, and aerospace, creating opportunities for smaller contract manufacturers who can quickly adapt to changes.
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Air Force Cadet 2nd Class Eric Hembling uses a Ludwieg tube, a type of wind tunnel, to measure the pressures, temperatures, and flow fields of basic geometric and hypersonic research vehicles at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., Jan. 31, 2019.
(Photo by Joshua Armstrong, Air Force; courtesy of DoD News. VIRIN:190131-F-NH566-0001Y)
Cover design by Dave Campbell.
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