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Small businesses are agile and innovative, and every day they provide value in their contributions as prime and sub-tier suppliers to the defense mission, the director of the Defense Department’s Office of Small Business Programs said.

And there’s no question that the warfighter is benefiting from their capabilities on a daily basis, Farooq A. Mitha said.

“We have a lot of support from the president, the secretary [of defense], and the deputy secretary [of defense] to maximize small-business participation in DOD’s procurements,” he said.

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Originally published Sept. 7, 2021.