Jill Aitoro is editor of Defense News. She is also executive editor of Sightline Media's Business-to-Government group, including Defense News, C4ISRNET, Federal Times and Fifth Domain. She brings over 15 years’ experience in editing and reporting on defense and federal programs, policy, procurement, and technology.
The merger between two defense giants got the green light from the U.S. Department of Justice, under the condition that divestitures already in the works move forward and another piece of business is shed.
At the start, this was a health care crisis certainly, an economic crisis potentially. Now it's clear that no market is unaffected, and I join the rest of the world in wondering where the defense industry will land.
Tech that can be adapted from the commercial market to serve the needs of the military is core to the Defense Department's innovation strategy. But those willing to put money toward the big ideas think it’s the wrong approach.
"We talk a lot about trade war with China. There is a trade tension as well between the U.S. and our allies in Europe right now," says Trae Stephens of tech company Anduril and venture firm Founders Fund.