Originally Posted by ScotchAndCigar
This may clarify why I'm asked to write proposals for government contractors as if I'm explaining things to a 7 year old.
This is a truly curious statement, perhaps intended as an insult but since it doesn't make any sense, just curious.
Proposals normally go from the contractor to the government--in that case I understand - the government does indeed require simple documents tailored to the lowest common denominator in the government contracts office and on the source selection committee.
If you are saying you are writing proposal TO government contractors I would posit that you don't understand the process at a fundamental level.