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JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – Deputy Sec. of Defense Kathleen Hicks emphasized the important role she expects small businesses to play in preparing the United States for the “future fight” in video remarks delivered during the Showcase for Commerce’s John P. Murtha Breakfast on Thursday.

Hicks’ comments were shown to dignitaries, along with local and national vendors, gathered at the annual defense contracting exposition at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center in downtown Johnstown.

“We want to harness from the very best of America in sourcing a broad, diverse set of potential partners and suppliers,” Hicks said. “That especially includes small businesses.

“Small businesses lead the nation in innovation – producing 16.5 times more patents than large patenting firms….

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