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Department Issues New Small Business Strategy

The Department of Defense yesterday issued a news release of interest entitled “DoD Releases Small Business Strategy”. Given the defense acquisition, sustainment, industrial base, and supply chain…

Department Issues New Small Business Strategy

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The Department of Defense yesterday issued a news release of interest entitled “DoD Releases Small Business Strategy”. Given the defense acquisition, sustainment, industrial base, and supply chain resiliency implications, in addition to the news release, encourage you to also take a look at “Guide to Marketing to DoD” and the new January 2022 DoD Small Business Strategy itself.

The news release reads in part, “The Department of Defense (DoD) released its Small Business Strategy today. The strategy promotes a strong, dynamic, and robust small business industrial base by focusing on reducing barriers to entry, increasing set-aside competitions, and leveraging programs to grow the industrial base. “From manufacturers providing the critical parts that we need for our arsenal – to technology companies developing innovative systems and capabilities – small businesses are vital along the entire spectrum of the Department’s needs,” Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks said. “Reducing barriers and creating more opportunities for small businesses will allow us to expand, innovate, and diversify, increasing our warfighter advantage, strengthening our supply chains, increasing competition in our marketplace, and growing our economy here at home.”

“Small businesses make up 99.9 percent of all U.S. businesses as well as 73 percent of companies in the defense industrial base, and last year small businesses were awarded over 25 percent of all DoD prime contracts. As the economic engine of our nation, small businesses create jobs, generate innovation, and are essential, daily contributors to national security and the defense mission. This strategy will help DoD harness the full potential of small businesses through three objectives: implement a unified management approach for small business programs and activities; ensure the Department’s small business activities align with national security priorities; and strengthen the Department’s engagement and support of small businesses.”

“Fostering a resilient and robust industrial base is one of my top priorities,” said Dr. William LaPlante, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment. “Supporting small businesses is not just about meeting a goal or checking a box; it’s about building advantages for our warfighters. All of American industry, especially our innovative small businesses, has a role in developing, delivering, and sustaining the critical capabilities that are required to further implement the National Defense Strategy. Small businesses are crucial to national security,” Director of the Office of Small Business Programs Farooq Mitha added. “Our military depends on small businesses that bring innovation and agility to support DoD’s mission. From providing critical component parts, to cutting edge software platforms, to essential services, small businesses provide support across nearly the entirety of the Department of Defense.”

In addition to a DAU CON Blog post yesterday entitled “DoD Releases 2023 Small Business Strategy”, our DAU Contracting colleagues maintain a very robust portfolio of Small Business Learning assets including: