Defense Sector SWOT Analysis
In 2017 Bättra completed a SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) of the Massachusetts-based defense industry sector to better understand localized dynamics and develop an implementation plan and recommendations to help defense suppliers diversify and grow. Massachusetts Development Finance Agency (“MassDevelopment”) applied for and secured a grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) to develop a proactive response to significantly mitigate the potential impact of federal defense budget cuts and sequestration on the Commonwealth’s economy which had become increasingly dependent on defense contracts. Bättra developed and released an industry wide online survey to more than 2,500 defense related businesses and organizations to map the supply chain and complete the SWOT analysis. In addition, Bättra used the survey to determine the areas of “leakage” or “gaps” within the defense supply chain that are products or services imported from outside of Massachusetts.