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“NATIONAL DEFENSE MAGAZINE”
“Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has made it a high priority to make the Pentagon more attractive to commercial suppliers, especially those that are driving the high-tech innovation train.
The Pentagon also is becoming alarmed by contractor mergers and the rush to acquire competitors.
The atmosphere is tense in the defense sector. Industry CEOs are caught between the demands of Pentagon buyers and Wall Street investors. Defense officials frown on industry behaviors such as cuts to corporate research and a push to consolidate into fewer, bigger players.
The charged climate is not surprising in these times of tight federal spending, says Mary Margaret Evans, vice president of business development for the defense sector at LMI, a consulting firm in Tysons, Virginia. Before Evans joined the company in November, she was principal director of the manufacturing and industrial base policy office at the Defense Department.
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