Defense and Security

Defense and security institutions are under pressure to protect citizens from ever-expanding threats while grappling with technology updates, rising costs, and operational challenges. BCG’s defense consulting team helps clients boost both their effectiveness and efficiency.

For defense and security agencies worldwide, doing more with less has never been more difficult. They must keep raising the bar in an operating environment awash in fresh challenges.

Defense and security institutions turn to BCG to surmount these challenges because of our extensive experience in both the private . We excel at tailoring private-sector best practices to our defense and security clients’ unique goals—such as improved equipment reliability, vital operating-model innovation, and significant run rate savings. These impressive outcomes help defense and security agencies and public safety organizations provide for the comfort, safety, and security of their citizens.

Our Approach to Defense Consulting

We bring a powerful suite of offerings to each defense and security client:

  • Acquisition Excellence.Growing supplier margins paired with budget pressures have reconfigured the defense supply chain. Our defense consulting teams bring powerful tools and approaches as well as deep insights into supplier economics—drawn from more than 240 projects—to help government agencies boost their procurement prowess.
  • Digital Innovation.We help defense and security organizations sharpen their competitive advantage by deploying the rightdigital solutions. These solutions enable them to supercharge their operational efficiency and to harness data analytics so that they can make better and more effective business decisions.
  • Sustainment Modernization.Reinforcing capabilities such as smart maintenance, lean logistics, and strategic optimization, our systematic approach maximizes the availability of public-sector security systems and military industry personnel during operations. To accomplish this, we help clients strengthen their understanding of cost drivers, draw on predictive analytics, and capture synergies through international cooperation to reduce the costs and boost the availability of ready-to-use equipment.
  • Space.BCG is a trusted adviser to the world’s leading players in the space industry across the full value stream and with both industry and government, offering a qualified perspective on critical challenges. We help government agencies stand up new space organizations, commercialize activities, and spur industry while supporting merger and acquisition strategies and public- and private-sector partnerships.
  • Cybersecurity and Digital Risk.Our involvement in international standards, policies, and regulations, paired with academic and industry product research, gives us unique insights into the arena of cyber defense. Our cyber services—including our framework for evaluating the effectiveness of cyber defense tools—have attracted attention from the most technologically advanced security enterprises.
  • Artificial Intelligence.BCG is an authority on the use of AI in the public sector, publishing studies on government applications and benchmarking public sentiment on AI use. Our defense and security clients draw on our expertise to create usage frameworks for AI and to develop implementation and training strategies.
  • Organizational Transformation.Our defense consulting teams support the development of new agencies and the restructuring of existing ones by tailoring commercial best practices to the public sector. Core areas of expertise includeorganization design, agility, strategic workforce planning, and talent management—all of which help clients attract, retain, and develop high-value defense personnel.

Our Client Work in Defense and Security

Our Defense and Security Solutions

Empowering Governments to Buy Smarter in Defense

Acquisition and Contracting Excellence (ACE) Tool

This web platform enables our defense industry clients to swiftly evaluate proposals and manage end-to-end product procurement. Clients use this tool to uncover and maximize savings opportunities, which average roughly 20%; access commercial benchmarks and best practices; and achieve best-value negotiation success—negotiation preparation processes have been accelerated by as much as 30%.


Contractor Pricing Analysis Approach

We help defense industry clients secure the most reasonable prices from suppliers over time by replacing an overreliance on use of actuals with three alternative best practices.

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Cost Transparency Approach

BCG’s four-step cost transparency approachfacilitates better budget management by enabling defense and security decision makers to rapidly uncover cost management insights.

Explore Our Insights on Defense and Security

Podcast: View from the Vices - Innovation

BCG Senior Advisors discuss innovation in the US Department of Defense, drawing on their experience of having served as Vice Chiefs to identify what has worked well, keys to success, and areas of promise for innovation in defense. View the written versionhere.

Meet Our Defense Consulting Experts

We staff our defense and security consulting projects with highly qualified personnel, many of whom have direct experience in defense and security agencies. Here are some of our team members.

Meet more of our Defense & Security experts


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