When Linda Hudson took over as president and CEO of BAE Systems, Inc., in 2009, she had been the first woman to occupy nearly every job she had held throughout her career. Since then, at least six women have become the CEOs of top U.S. defense and aerospace companies. Two have held the top civilian post in the U.S. Air Force; a handful have become four-star generals in the military.   With the elevation of women such as Hudson to leadership roles, it is easy to assume that the ...

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