A typical day for Larry Wirsing, a technical program manager at Aurora Flight Sciences, involves the far edges of what is possible in aerospace and defense. “A program manager is a tripod of skills—you’re managing schedule, cost and technical performance,” says Larry Wirsing. “I work with the chief engineer to keep all those things in check. I’m the primary owner of cost and schedule, but I have a stake in  the technical. The chief engineer is ...

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