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How small businesses will support US defence programmes

12th February 2023 - 15:00 GMT | by Flavia Camargos Pereira in Kansas City


Small companies were awarded over 25% of all DoD prime contracts in 2022. (Photo: US Army)

To guarantee that the US will have a dynamic and robust defence industrial base, the Pentagon is betting on small businesses to progress with its main acquisition and development efforts.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine have exposed serious vulnerabilities in the Pentagon's supply chain and has pushed the US toward betting on small companies to ensure the smooth progress of major acquisition and development programmes.

Small firms make up 73% of companies in the defence industrial base (DIB) according to the DoD. In 2022, small enterprises were awarded over 25% of all Pentagon prime contracts.

Speaking to Shephard, Gregory Sanders, deputy director and fellow with the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group at the US-based think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), explained that ‘small businesses are

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Flavia Camargos Pereira


Flavia Camargos Pereira

Flavia Camargos Pereira is a North America editor at Shephard Media. She joined the company …

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