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Military Testing Lab To Aid In Small Business Product Integration

Written by Ken Gaebler
Published: 5/31/2011

Global security company Northrop Grumman hopes to capitalize on the construction of a testing lab for small businesses' military products.

Los Angeles, California-based global security company Northrop Grumman has built a lab specifically designed to assist small businesses develop products created with Small Business Innovation Research grants, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Military Testing Lab Helps Small Businesses

The lab currently hosts 10 small businesses that are hoping to integrate their designs into existing contracts with federal agencies such as the Department of Defense.

Lee Whitt, technical director of Northrop Grumman's small business program, tells the new source that companies build a lot of things with SBIR funding in isolation that can't find a home once the technology is ready to move into the small business news marketplace.

According to its website, the SBIR program ensures that small, high-tech and innovative businesses are a significant part of the federal government's research and development efforts.

In the lab, small businesses can experiment and test their technologies in real-world military settings, drawing expertise from NG employees. By attracting smaller companies to their lab, NG hopes to ignite competition among computer hardware and software vendors that will likely lower costs and make its bids on military contracts more competitive.  

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