When Raytheon and United Technologies disclosed their intention to merge three years ago, they laid out a vision of a consolidated enterprise that would be nearly unstoppable in aerospace and defense. It did not take long for that vision to be tested: the new company had to integrate operations in the midst of a global pandemic. But as time goes by and the pandemic recedes, the business thesis behind the merger is still intact. In fact, it is proving even more compelling than its proponents claimed. Raytheon Technologies appears on its way to becoming the world’s preeminent aerospace and defense enterprise. That is the view of Chief Operating Officer Christopher Calio, whom I interviewed June 30 at the company’s new corporate headquarters in Northern Virginia. Calio discussed what he has learned since ascending to the Number Two job, how the logic of the merger is already yielding big benefits, and where he thinks the enterprise is headed. You can read my Forbes article about the interview here.
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