The Department of Defense (DOD) announced the fiscal year 2019 Nunn-Perry Awards winners, recognizing excellence in the DOD Mentor Protégé Program.
DOD Mentor Protégé Program participants deliver capabilities across major defense programs in support of the warfighter. Recipients of the Nunn-Perry Award excel in protégé growth and development.
The DOD Mentor Protégé Program was established Nov. 5, 1990, in response to concerns raised by DOD prime contractors regarding their inability to meet Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) subcontracting goals. At the time, many SDBs lacked the technical capabilities to meet DOD subcontract requirements.
Mr. Shannon Jackson, Deputy Director of the Office of Small Business Programs within the Office of Industrial Policy, congratulated the winners and discussed the important collaborative roles that mentors, protégés, and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) play in our nation’s small business economy and the defense industrial base.
''The Department of Defense and the American economy succeed because of the innovations borne from small companies like those in the DOD Mentor Protégé Program," said Jackson. "Within the defense industrial base these companies work to deliver cutting edge technologies and services that challenge the status quo and have the capacity to shape the future of their respective industries. In order to create these capabilities to support the warfighter, their companies have to deliver more than technology or services."
The program looks forward to celebrating the accomplishments of the winners, listed below, at the 2020 Mentor Protégé Training Week. The award is named for the contributions of Senator Sam Nunn and former Secretary of Defense William Perry, who both played critical roles in the implementation of the DOD Mentor Protégé Program.
"The DOD Mentor Protégé Program helps innovators grow as companies to meet the growing and shifting demands of the warfighter and the Department. The Nunn-Perry Award pauses to highlight the companies that have navigated that challenging transition from capability to company above and beyond their peers. Congratulations to this year's award recipients,'' said Jackson.
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