Army Futures Command, the Army’s new center for testing and developing next-generation weapon systems, needs to better manage its small business outreach effort, according to a Government Accountability Office report published recently.
Small business outreach has been at the core of Futures Command since it was launched in 2018. Its Austin, Texas, headquarter was selected to be close to science and technology innovators, and the command has conducted ample outreach to those organization. But according to GAO, Futures Command needs to coordinate with Army small business offices; track its small business engagement; and develop commandwide goals and a plan to use them to assess the effectiveness of its small business engagement.
“If the Command does not formalize coordination roles and responsibilities, it risks potentially duplicating small business-related work and creating overlap and fragmentation,” the report states.
Dollars flowing to small businesses through Army research and …