Mergers and acquisitions have slowed to a trickle in the aerospace and defense sector, and a revival of activity is being held at bay by the industry’s cloudy future. Large contractors still have access to credit and a lot of cash to spend, and prices of A&D properties have fallen by 30% or more since early 2008. But slumping demand for aircraft, a murky outlook for U.S. defense procurement and the global economic crisis have made buyers extremely cautious. And private equity firms, ...

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