A recent Viewpoint addressed innovation deficits in the U.S. Defense Department (AW&ST April 23/30, p. 94). Here's a thought. The department is already spending $1.3 billion in Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR). But most prime contractors are ignoring a huge potential in these programs. The DOD should tie the R&D government reimbursement that the primes receive to their collaboration with small businesses and their utilization of ...

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