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Five MDA Mentor Protégé Teams Win Nunn-Perry Award

18-NEWS-0004
April 26, 2018

The U.S. Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs announced that five 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 five out of eight award winners for 2017. The recipients are the teams of:

• Northrop Grumman Mission Systems and QTEC, Inc. of Huntsville, Alabama

• Parsons Government Services, Inc. of Pasadena, California, and Mobius Consulting, LLC of Alexandria, Virginia

• Raytheon Missile Systems of Tucson, Arizona, and Fifth Gait Technologies, Inc. of Santa Barbara, California

• Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Woburn, Massachusetts and New England Die Cutting of Methuen, Massachusetts

• Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Woburn, Massachusetts and TRM Microwave of Bedford, New Hampshire

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.

"We rely on the DoD Mentor Protégé Program to develop capabilities within the small business industrial base supporting the ballistic missile defense system in order to deliver products to the warfighter that better enables them to defend our nation from ballistic missile threats from around the world. This program also enables us to develop small business capabilities to assist us in the management of the ballistic missile defense system whether in the area of testing or technology development or in the professional services we use," said Lee Rosenberg, director of the MDA Office of Small Business Programs.

"The DoD Mentor Protégé Program we have developed, under the leadership of Ruth Dailey, has become a model for the rest of the Department, and the return on the investment we've made in these small businesses within the program has been tremendous," said Rosenberg.

The winning teams will receive the award at the Nunn-Perry Awards Ceremony in August during the Mentor Protégé Conference in Orlando, Florida.

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