Government Accountability Office (GAO) Podcast: Watchdog Report


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How does Industry-Led Independent Research and Development Fit into DOD Planning?

Leveraging independent research and development projects conducted by the defense industry in high-tech areas, like cybersecurity and biotechnology, can help the U.S. military maintain battlefield superiority. While the amount and the focus of investments is up to those contractors, the Department of Defense reimburses them to the tune of about $4 to $5 billion annually. However, there are concerns that DOD isn't taking full advantage of this research. We talk with Tim DiNapoli, an expert on military contracting and a director in our Contracting and National Security Acquisitions Team.