Aerospace & Defense MBA

Curriculum

Aerospace & Defense Focus

The Aerospace and Defense MBA teaches business in an aerospace and defense context. The program helps high potential professionals become business leaders by developing skills in accounting, finance, marketing and leadership through applied methodology, not abstract problem sets. The program also focuses on key skill areas for aerospace and defense organizations, such as value stream integration, lean manufacturing, acquisition processes or industrial statistics.

Industry-Driven Areas of Focus

  • Lean processes as applied to manufacturing, research, and business applications
  • Supply chain and logistics management
  • Information technology/cyber security challenges
  • Long life expectancies of high-dollar programs
  • Global complexity and barriers to international commerce
  • Contract vehicles and bureaucracy for contract performance oversight
  • The U.S. federal government as the single-largest customer in the industry
  • Human resource challenges/constraints – sensitive technologies limit hiring of foreign nationals
  • Regulation management and federal statutory law governing A&D business processes and practices

Executive Speaker Series

A key component of the ADMBA program is introducing students to how highly successful aerospace and defense executives lead their teams and lead their industry. The program’s Executive Speaker Series has attracted many of the industry’s most successful and respected leaders. Recent guests and their roles (at the time of their visit) have included:

  • Jeff Babione, Executive VP and GM, F-35 JSF Program, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
  • Admiral Harry Harris, US Navy, Commander, US Pacific Command
  • Brig. Gen. Linda H. Hurry, Commander, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Aviation
  • General Joe Lengyel, Chief, National Guard Bureau
  • Harlan Irvine, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP, A&D Practice
  • MG Mark McDonald, US Army (ret), former Commanding General, US Army Security Assistance Command
  • Suzi McBride, Senior VP of Operations, OneWeb
  • Bob Mitchell, former VP of Northrop Grumman, “Father of the UAV”
  • Jen Santos, Professional Staff Member, Senate Appropriations Committee, US Senate
  • Ray Sellers, SES, Chief Engineer, Army Aviation PEO
  • Jody Singer, Deputy Director, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
  • Jim Sutton, Director, Global Relations, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Maj Gen Dick Webber, USAF (retired), Cyber Programs at Oak Ridge National Lab
  • Doug Wilhelm, VP, Customer Solutions, Lockheed Martin F-35 program
  • Bill Williams, VP of Supply Chain, Gulfstream