United States antitrust enforcers are stepping up their defense of competition in the defense industry to protect it from vertical—not just horizontal—anticompetitive acts. U.S. national security depends on a competitive defense industry to attract and cultivate top talent and deliver cutting-edge technology at the best value to taxpayers. Recent actions by federal antitrust enforcers highlight the different ways firms near the top of the food chain take advantage of their dominance over lower-level suppliers, to the detriment of competition within the industry as a whole. Enforcement agencies are increasingly scrutinizing the potential for vertical collusion within the defense
The US DoJ and FTC increase scrutiny of antitrust infringements within the defense industry
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