Identifying and Eliminating Barriers Faced by Nontraditional Department of Defense Suppliers
RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA
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The Department of Defense DoD seeks innovative technologies to help it stay on the cutting edge of warfare and identify new ways to reduce its total costs. Many suppliers with prospective cutting-edge goods and services for DoD may be new to the defense marketplace and may face challenges to successfully entering it. The possible challenges that nontraditional suppliers may have in contracting with DoD led Congress to request, in the National Defense Authorization Act NDAA for fiscal year FY 2011, that the Secretary of Defense review barriers to firms that are not traditional suppliers to the Department of Defense wishing to contract with the Department of Defense and develop a set of recommendations on the elimination of such barriers Public Law 111-383, 2011. DoD, in turn, authorized RAND to undertake this review. Our goal in responding to Congress s request is to review what has been found previously about barriers to nontraditional suppliers, augment this with anonymous input from suppliers, and identify any steps Congress and DoD can take to address these barriers.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies