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With Orbital ATK deal, Northrop makes its own big bet

Marjorie Censer | Inside Defense | 27 september 2017 

Bob Wood, US defense industry expert at PA Consulting Group, shares his insights on potential US defense sector consolidation following Northrop's acquisition of Orbital ATK. 

Expecting additional consolidation following Northrop's acquisition of Orbital ATK, contractors are seeking to position themselves for the next five years. Bob says that companies are thinking "what do I need to do to compete with my [aerospace and defense] competitors and differentiate myself in the marketplace. As '17 goes through to the end of the year and the defense budget hopefully settles down and we get into '18, I think you likely will see additional acquisitions that enhance these companies' portfolios."

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