Three-star says prime contractors 'kill' small start-ups to protect profits

By Audrey Decker / February 1, 2023 at 4:04 PM
A three-star Air Force general today alleged that some of the Pentagon's largest prime contractors sometimes acquire small, innovative start-up companies so they can "kill them" and protect legacy profits. While briefing the Defense Innovation Board at the Pentagon, Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy, Integration and Requirements Lt. Gen. S. Clinton Hinote said that when a start-up discovers a “disruptive way of fighting,” it threatens the profit margins of prime contractors that are built on sustaining equipment...

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