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Three MDA Mentor Protégé Teams Win Nunn-Perry Award

June 2, 2016

The U.S. Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs announced that three teams supporting the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) under the auspices of the Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protégé Program received the prestigious Nunn-Perry Award. The award, named in honor of former Senator Sam Nunn and former Secretary of Defense William Perry, was first presented in 1995 and recognizes mentor-protégé teams that have excelled in technical developments, cost effectiveness and increased business opportunities for small disadvantaged firms.

The following mentor-protégé teams were three out of 10 award winners for 2015. The recipients are the teams of Northrop Grumman of Huntsville, Alabama, and Davidson Technologies, Inc. of Huntsville, Alabama; Raytheon Missile Systems of Tucson, Arizona, and Mentis Sciences of Manchester, New Hampshire; and Orbital ATK of Tucson, Arizona and Martinez and Turek, Inc. of Rialto, California.

The DoD Mentor-Protégé Program assists small businesses to successfully compete for prime contract and subcontract awards by partnering them with large companies under individual, project-based agreements. Successful mentor-protégé agreements provide a winning relationship for the protégé, the mentor and the DoD.

"The DoD Mentor-Protégé Program benefits MDA by fostering lasting partnerships between large business prime contractors who support the agency and small innovative businesses that have capabilities we can use," said Lee Rosenberg, director of the MDA Office of Small Business Programs.

“I congratulate the MDA Office of Small Business Programs and the mentor-protégé teams for their incredible achievement,” said MDA Director Vice Adm. Jim Syring. “By tapping into the innovation and flexibility inherent in the small business community, we can further improve the tremendous capability we provide our warfighters while making sure our systems remain affordable."

The winning teams were recognized at the Nunn-Perry Awards Ceremony held today in Atlanta, Georgia, where John H. James, Jr., executive director of MDA, gave the keynote address.

"The MDA has a diversity of needs, many of which can be satisfied by small businesses through contracting for supplies or services," said James. "MDA needs the innovation and ideas that small businesses provide to tackle the technical challenges we face. Small businesses have been an important part of America's technological evolution and are an important part of the future of missile defense."

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