The DoD engages small companies across the military services, defense agencies and other offices, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The policy argues that this has been known to cause confusion among executives trying to find the right program to develop their innovation. As a solution, the policy lays out a new structure to be adopted to “develop a unified small business professional workforce, and streamline entry points, and improve small business access to decision makers.”
The second strategic objective seeks to “entice small businesses into the defense marketplace,” stated the document.
“Attending to commercial trends is critical, as today’s innovative companies have many choices for capital, are not reliant on defense spending, and, therefore, have other options for how to do business,” the strategy said, and also asserted that this may make access to talent harder.