Non-traditional defense companies can provide the military with a surprising number of unique capabilities

April 8, 2020
Large commercial companies like major manufacturers can provide the U.S. military with new products and to procure them in large volumes as needed.

WASHINGTON – Over the past few years, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has undertaken a major effort to encourage companies not used to pursuing the military market to do business with the Pentagon. These are firms of all sizes and types that do not provide defense-specific goods or services. Real Clear Defense reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

8 April 2020 -- The idea is that DOD acquisition can benefit not only from access to the unique products such companies produce but from their alternative approaches to design, production and sustainment. The Pentagon's interest in accessing non-traditional providers has focused to a large extent on small, innovative companies.

Large commercial companies, including major manufacturers, can provide the U.S. military with new products and to procure them in large volumes as needed.

The U.S. military has a long history of relying on commercial companies to provide defense products, particularly in wartime or a national crisis. With the advent of the Cold War, a class of companies arose that focused their efforts on providing goods and services for DOD and other government departments and agencies such as NASA and the intelligence community.

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