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Craig Brooks, the president of AP/ES Inc., demonstrates a hydraulic press. Brooks' company, which develops ways to determine how long aircraft fleets will last, has won several Department of Defense contracts since the late 1990s.
Eric Schmid
St. Louis Public Radio
Smaller companies can offer unique solutions to problems the military faces, but they can struggle to break into a defense industry that can be frustrating to navigate.
The American Homefront Project collaborated with the PBS documentary series American Veteran to profile men and women who have served in the U.S. military.