Twelve teams of Department of Defense prime contractors and their proteges from small, disadvantaged businesses are being honored with the Nunn-Perry Award during the 6th Annual DoD Mentor-Protg Conference, being held March 15-17 in Arlington, Va.
This award is named in honor of both former Senator Sam Nunn, who sponsored legislation to create the Defense Department's Mentor-Protg Program, and former Secretary of Defense William Perry in recognition of his implementation of the program.
This year's 12 recipients, by team, are: 1) The Boeing Company, Mesa, Ariz. and Technology Management Inc., San Diego, Calif.; 2) Computer Sciences/Raytheon, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. and Data Voice, Palm Bay, Fla.; 3) Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla. and T/J Technologies Inc., Ann Arbor, Mich.; 4) Northrop Grumman Corp., Electronic Sensors and Systems Sector, Huntsville, Ala. and The ENSER Corp., St. Petersburg, Fla.; 5) Advanced Resource Technologies Inc., Alexandria, Va. and Triumph Technologies, Alexandria, Va.; 6) The Boeing Company, St. Louis, Mo. and Manufacturing Technology Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; 7) Greenhorne & O'Mara Inc., Greenbelt, Md. and Utility Automation 2000 Inc., Huntsville, Ala.; 8) Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Dallas, Texas and Tecnico Corp., Chesapeake, Va; 9) Northrop Grumman Corp., Integrated Systems and Aerostructures Sector, Dallas, Texas and Mandaree Enterprise Corp., Mandaree, N.D.; 10) The IT Group, Alpharetta, Ga. and Deerinwater Environmental Management Services Inc., Norman, Okla.; 11) Science Applications International Corp., Oak Ridge, Tenn. and American Technologies Inc., Oak Ridge, Tenn.; and 12) Raytheon Systems Co., Dallas, Texas and RS Information Systems Inc., McLean, Va.
The Nunn-Perry Award recognizes mentor-protg teams that have excelled in technical developments, cost efficiencies and increased business opportunities for small disadvantaged firms.
The DoD's Mentor-Protg Program, which began in 1991, is a national initiative to encourage large defense contractors to develop the technical capabilities of small disadvantaged businesses. It also qualifies organizations employing the severely disabled to compete more effectively for defense-related work. The Department's program has served as a model for other government agencies. More information on the program is available at the program's website, http://www.acq.osd.mil/sadbu/mentor_protg .