• Amanda Bresler

Analyzing data on the defense industrial base

Amanda Bresler and Alex Bresler join the Acquisition Talk podcast.

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Amanda Bresler and Alex Bresler join the Acquisition Talk podcast to discuss their recent analysis on defense contracts, the industrial base, and innovation programs. They found that between 2010 and 2019, the number of unique defense vendors had fallen from nearly 80,000 to just over 50,000 despite a 286 percent increase the the number of transactions. Even more precipitous was the decline of new entrants, falling from over 15,000 to nearly 4,000. During the episode they dive into the data and discuss:

  • Whether DoD innovation programs are stovepiped

  • How new entrants receive a small fraction of SBIR/STTR Phase I awards

  • The opacity of Other Transactions data

  • How companies market themselves to the agencies

  • Strategies for improving new entrant transitions

  • (Bonus) Overtime discussion at the end on China and great power competition

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