The long-term vision is to reduce friction in the Navy’s innovation ecosystem. In the meantime, it may also help keep some of its smallest and most vital suppliers afloat.
The Navy is shortening contract times for small businesses and trying to get them to production faster.
The first five sites, which are part of the broader NavalX project, are in California, Rhode Island, Washington state, Florida and Indiana.
A wide spectrum of agencies has stressed the need to speed up procurement and solicit ideas on how to make the process more innovative to ensure they’re not signing up to buy yesterday’s technology tomorrow.