The Department of Defense's Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) and National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) have agreed to create a joint annual program meant to encourage smaller contractors to participate more in the the national technology and industrial base.
The partnership aims to drive collaborations between startup accelerators and incubators, commercial entities, academic institutions and nonprofit organizations to bring emerging technology to the department, DOD said Wednesday.
OSBP Director Farooq Mitha said the two organizations will develop initiatives that align with President Biden's Build Back Better recovery plan and create innovation opportunities for domestic manufacturing and small companies.
Both organization have a shared goal of accelerating the transition of technology concepts into the procurement and operational phases.
NSIN is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, and facilitate collaborative efforts across the nontraditional contracting space to help DOD address real-world challenges.