Program Management Professional Development

The primary objective of Aviation Week’s Program Excellence initiative is to share best practices and lessons learned with the program/project leadership community.   

Below are items from the recent 2020 DefenseChain Conference that will provide you and your organization with ON-DEMAND learning/ professional development.

Edge Of Innovation

See how four of the industry’s executives are guiding the development of technology innovation for the future.


Model-Based Engineering and Digitalization

Two industry program leaders provide insight on their journey toward enterprise digitalization and model-based engineering.

Returning to the Moon.

Three industry leaders discuss their journey to leading programs that will return humans to the lunar surface.


Lessons Learned and Best Practices


This white paper provides an inside view of the top best practices and lessons learned identified during the 2020 Program Excellence Awards evaluation process — creating value, organizational excellence, managing complexity/VUCA, and unique metrics.

Download the whitepaper.

Leading Program Portfolio Through 2020

Raytheon Missiles and Defense President Wes Kremer was interviewed at Aviation Week's DefenseChain Conference. Read the transcript.

Wes Kremer

Latest News & Analysis

Nov 25, 2020
Wes Kremer, president of Raytheon Missiles and Defense, opened Aviation Week’s Program Excellence core sessions for the annual Defense Chain Conference in an interview with Aviation Week’s Carole Rickard Hedden. His introduction provided the foundation for the annual Program Management Roundtable.
Nov 17, 2020
Collins Aerospace is to work with Boom Supersonic to develop the inlet, nacelle and exhaust system for the startup’s planned Mach 2.2 airliner, the Overture.
Nov 12, 2020
Boeing remains bullish about China’s standing in the global passenger aircraft market, estimating 8,600 aircraft deliveries over the next 20 years, growing at 4.4% annually. 
Nov 11, 2020
Raytheon Technologies has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Blue Canyon Technologies, a pioneering provider of small satellites and spacecraft systems components, for about $350 million.
Nov 10, 2020
New testing shows that a 20-year-old concept can double the radiated power of future airborne early warning radars.
Oct 26, 2020
Wichita aerostructures giant Spirit AeroSystems has struck a 45% cash discount with Bombardier for the latter’s Short Brothers capacity in Northern Ireland, as well as Bombardier Aerospace North Africa and most of a Dallas MRO site.
Oct 26, 2020
The U.S. Space Force has not closed the door on helping industry fund a “manufacturing on orbit” concept, meaning building parts for satellites while in space, according to the service’s acquisition executive.
Oct 26, 2020
Programs submitting applications for the 2020 Program Excellence Awards provided a bold list of learning as they worked to achieve excellence in four…