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Rand said the Defense Department's five-year procurement The fancy word for "purchasing." The procurement department within an organization manages all the major purchases. forecast, the Green Book, anticipates devoting a larger share of its dollars to big-ticket items big-ticket item Managed care A popular term for an expensive therapeutic or diagnostic procedure such as weapons systems, while spending proportionately pro·por·tion·ate
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To make proportionate. less in industries where small contractors are strong, such as military construction, family housing, and research, development, testing and evaluation. The researchers cautioned that their analysis assumes present spending trends will continue--"a big IF given the recent financial crisis," Nancy Young Moore, senior management scientist at Rand, wrote in response to emailed questions.
Rand, a government-funded think tank, produced its report on DOD (1) (Dial On Demand) A feature that allows a device to automatically dial a telephone number. For example, an ISDN router with dial on demand will automatically dial up the ISP when it senses IP traffic destined for the Internet. contracting for the department's Office of Small Business Programs.
The Defense Department is by far the largest government buyer. In recent years it has awarded from 20% to 23% of its prime contract dollars to small firms. Rand says the best hope for increasing defense spending with small businesses may be to change the rules--by increasing size standards so more contractors qualify as small.
"A typical defense contract in many industries can push a firm over the size threshold," the report says. "As one DoD representative told us, the scale of a DoD requirement can bump up bump up
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Moore said, "Our research found that the Department of Defense spends more within industries where there are fewer small businesses, and less within industries where small businesses are better represented."
Equipment and services the Defense Department purchases--such as aircraft manufacturing, engineering services and ship-building--are provided mainly by industries where large companies are dominant, according to the report.
The researchers said there is no adequate data to address such critical issues as the impact of contract bundling or the effectiveness of small business subcontracting programs.