DOD outlined a new Equity Action Plan Thursday describing a “shift” in the department’s diversity strategies “to create opportunities for all Americans, including for small, disadvantaged businesses, and to ensure that all qualified Americans can serve their country in uniform.”

A summary document released by DOD noted several areas of progress on diversity, inclusion and equity. It also outlined five new “strategies”:

  • Increase economic opportunities for small business, including businesses from underserved communities, and expand contracting with entities employing individuals with disabilities, including under the AbilityOne Program.
  • Advance equity by addressing past harms resulting from environmental and other impacts from defense activities on communities around military installations and bases, especially Native American lands, Alaska Native Claims Settlement-conveyed properties, ancestral lands, and reserved treaty rights areas
  • Advance equity for military families, including those who are members of underserved communities.
  • Address the safe and ethical use of AI technology and leading innovation in the use of this technology.
  • Invest in underserved communities and expand access to Department programs and opportunities.

About 90 federal agencies released similar plans Thursday.

“Advancing equity is not a one-year project,” President Biden said. “It’s a generational commitment.”

Army photo by Ann Gonzalez