As we prepare this year’s State of the Industry, we are feeling a sense of optimism coupled with a strong sense of realism. Both sentiments stretch beyond the world of aerospace and defense. They attach to the overall business market, as well as our personal and professional lives in their entirety. The year 2020 has little need for a summary. Those who read this article understand the dramatic impact it made on all of our lives and many of our businesses. There were some who were fortunate enough to see an increase in business activity, but others for whom the pandemic was catastrophic and everything in between. Regardless of where you ended up on the spectrum from a business sense, there is no one among us who was not affected in some way.