Military Embedded Systems

Defense industry response to COVID-19 pandemic


April 10, 2020

John McHale

Editorial Director

Military Embedded Systems

Defense companies, be they prime contractors, system integrators, or third-party commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) suppliers are deemed essential businesses and allowed to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this doesn't mean that their employees and bottom lines are not feeling the impact of this global crisis. In this podcast, Mark Aslett, CEO of Mercury Systems, discusses with me how the the nationwide shutdown is impacting the defense supply chain and the speed of the defense acquisition process as well as which types of defense electronic suppliers are likely to feel the most financial pain. He also shares positive examples of how defense companies are stepping up to help the victims of the virus either through fundraising or supplying much desperately needed equipment. Mercury Systems is one of those organizations helping out and Aslett shares how his team is responding and what Mercury leadership is doing to help their own employees during this unprecedented time.

This podcast is sponsored by:

Aerospace Tech Week, which will now take place on March 24-26 2021 in Toulouse, FRANCE after being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The show encompasses six different events -- Avionics Expo, Connected Aircraft Europe, Aerospace Testing Europe, MRO IT, Flight OPS IT and FACE. To learn more about Aerospace Tech Week 2021, visit

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