Below is a sampling of our applied research in defense policy.
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APRI’s director was appointed by the Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives to serve as a commissioner on the Ohio BRAC and Military Affairs Task Force. The mission of the task force was to study and analyze the current Ohio DOD/NASA assets, resources, and missions in anticipation of a potential Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) action, or other major mission realignment opportunities. The task force desired to develop and produce strategic recommendations to the Speaker of the House, Ohio General Assembly, the Governor, the Ohio Congressional Delegation, and the local defense communities on how to respond to threats to current missions and installations, and how to position the state to best acquire new missions and economic development opportunities.
Data Snapshot: Challenges to Small Business
The percentage of contract dollars awarded to small businesses at DoD increased from just over 16 percent to just over 19 percent, but the actual dollars only changed by approximately 10 percent. The number of small business contract actions at DoD fell by nearly 70 percent, yet the value of those contract actions rose by nearly 290 percent. As the data shows, fewer small companies are winning contracts, but the contracts won are larger in dollar amount.
Ohio Federal Military Jobs Commission Report
APRI staff provided research support to the Ohio Federal Military Jobs Commission as they met and developed their final report on strengthening the state's federal military jobs sector. APRI primarily provided research and authorship for Chapter 3 of the report, titled Expand Small Business Federal Contracting. Chapter 3 discusses the strategy to enhance communication and collaboration among state entities in order to create statewide response to the federal initiatives that make contracts available to small business and veteran-owned businesses. Placing Small Business Development Centers and Procurement Technical Assistance Centers on a common information technology netowrk and educating small businesses on how to do work for the federal government can help accomplish the Commission's strategy. Chapter 3 also includes a recommendation for a state-level matching opportunity for Small Business Innovation Research.