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The Nunn-Perry Award: Recognizing Small Business Excellence

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Today, the Department of Defense announced the winners of the 2018 Nunn-Perry Awards, recognizing excellence in the DoD Mentor Protégé Program. The nomination review process, completed during the second quarter of FY2019, evaluated 21 submissions.  The competition was rigorous and the results incredibly close, with a final count of ten awardees.

The DoD Mentor Protégé Program was established November 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 did not possess the technical capabilities to meet DoD subcontract requirements. Today, Mentor Protégé Program participants deliver capabilities across major defense programs in support of the warfighter.  

Outstanding relationships within the DoD Mentor-Protégé Program were first recognized in 1995, when the first Nunn-Perry awards were given.  Named for the contributions of Senator Sam Nunn and the Former Secretary of Defense William Perry, who both played critical roles in the implementation of the DoD Mentor Protégé Program, recipients of the Nunn-Perry Award excel in technical assistance, protégé growth, and impact on protégé development. This year’s ten recipients of the Nunn-Perry Award span three military departments and two defense agencies and beat 11 other mentor-protégé teams.

We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of the winners (listed below) at the upcoming Nunn-Perry Award Celebration in August 2019.

Air Force: CACI / Crystal Clear Technologies - Morgan State University

Air Force: IBM / Redhorse Corporation - Morgan State University

Army: Leidos / Time Systems Inc. – George Mason University

Army: Perspecta / CSCI Consulting – Morehouse College Entrepreneurship Center (MCEC)

Army: CACI / Athena Technology Group – Morgan State University

MDA: Parsons / Trident Technologies, LLC – Alabama State University

MDA: Tec-Masters Inc. / ITSC Secure Solutions – Oakwood University, University of Alabama Huntsville

MDA: Tec-Masters Inc. / People, Technology, & Processes - Oakwood University, University of Alabama Huntsville

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency: Booz Allen Hamilton / Darkblade – Virginia State University, Howard University, Elon University

Navy: Raytheon / EEI Manufacturing Services – Bethune Cookman University