A version of this article appears in the September 1 issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology. Competitions for Pentagon programs have always been cutthroat. But with fewer of them expected in the next decade, each single program is increasingly viewed as a must-win for top Pentagon contractors, driving them to be more creative in their push for a competitive advantage. So much so that bids don’t only center on a design’s technical prowess, system engineering and program ...

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