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Two MDA Mentor Protégé Teams Win Nunn-Perry Award

June 5, 2017

The U.S. Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs announced that two teams supporting the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) under the auspices of the Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protégé Program will receive the prestigious Nunn-Perry Award. The award, named in honor of former Senator Sam Nunn and former Secretary of Defense William Perry, was first awarded 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 two out of seven award winners for 2016. The recipients are the teams of Tec-Masters, Inc. of Huntsville, Alabama, and Paragon Research Corporation of Huntsville, Alabama; and Raytheon Missile Systems of Tucson, Arizona, and CFD Research Corporation of Huntsville, Alabama.

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 by building the business capabilities of the protégés.

“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. These capabilities expand the industrial base of small businesses supporting the agency.” said Lee Rosenberg, director of the MDA Office of Small Business Programs.

“The idea is to improve the quality and cost of the products and services we deliver to the warfighter by tapping into the innovation and flexibility of the small business community while we help them grow their capabilities,” said Rosenberg.

The winning teams will receive the award at the Nunn-Perry Awards Ceremony in August at the Mentor Protégé Conference in Chicago.

MDA Media Contacts:
Leah Garton, MDA Public Affairs, 256-450-4701, leah.garton@mda.mil