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About the A&D Supplier Innovation Challenge

The A&D Supplier Innovation Challenge recognizes and promotes the groundbreaking work being done by tiered suppliers within the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry.

Winners will be featured in Aviation Week & Space Technology, Defense Technology International and the A&D Supplier Innovation Challenge Web site.

Nominees are judged on the basis of value provided to primes and subcontractors through:

  • Design innovation that changes product size, weight or capability
  • Simple alternatives to a complex and costly product design
  • Technology breakthroughs that provide new or substantially improved performance

Products are judged in six technology categories:

  • Aero-Structures
  • Communications
  • Electronics
  • Next-Generation Composites
  • Power & Propulsion
  • Sensors

Aviation Week also awards three winners based on company size, innovative research lab and overall innovation of the year.


  • The competition is open to all tiered suppliers that don’t provide complex product systems.
  • Product solutions need to be within Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) 5-9.
  • The product must have reached necessary TRL after January 2009.
  • Nominated companies must fit within one of three ranges denoting company size:  less than $250 million in annual revenue, $250 million-$1 billion annual revenue and $1 billion-$5 billion annual revenue.

Aviation Week and the panel of judges reserve the right to enforce the eligibility criteria.




A&D Supply Chain Conference

Don’t forget to register for the annual
A&D Supply Chain conference!

A&D Supply Chain Conference
November 2-3, 2010
Phoenix, AZ

Judges Panel
  • Robert Murray, VP, Supply Chain Management, Hamilton Sundstrand
  • John Borghese, VP, Advanced Technology Programs, Rockwell Collins
  • Joe Jackson, Director Strategic Sourcing, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
  • William Sweetman, Editor-in-Chief, Defense Technology International
  • Anthony L. Velocci, Jr., Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Week & Space Technology
  • Graham Warwick, Senior Technology Editor, Aviation Week & Space Technology
  • Pat Toensmeier, Contributing Editor, Defense Technology International
  • Brian McDermott, VP Supplier Management, Aerospace Industries Assocation
  • Paul Kling, Deputy VP of Operations and Supplier Management, BAE Systems Electronics, Intelligence & Support
More Information

Ananth Ramanathan
Strategic Development Manager
Tel:  +1.212.904.3078