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Immediate Release

Defense Department Announces Winners of the Fiscal Year 2021 Nunn-Perry Award, Recognizing Excellence in the DOD Mentor Protégé Program

The Department of Defense (DoD) is proud to announce the fiscal year 2021 Nunn-Perry Awards winners, recognizing excellence in the DoD Mentor Protégé Program.

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.

“Our office is excited to recognize this year’s Nunn-Perry Award winners,” said Ms. Kasey Diaz, Director of the Mentor-Protégé Program within the Office of Small Business Programs. “As the program grows to meet the challenges faced by today’s warfighter and small business industrial base, we thank the program offices, mentors, proteges and supporting offices that continue to establish a strong base on which to build.”

The Mentor-Protégé program will celebrate the accomplishments of the winners, listed below, at an award ceremony next year. 

  • Defense Intelligence Agency: Invictus (Mentor); BlueSky (Protégé); Bowie State University; Mason Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
  • Missile Defense Agency (MDA): Tech-Masters, Inc. (Mentor); Beshenich Muir & Associates, LLC (BMA) (Protégé); Oakwood University; The Catalyst Women’s Business Center
  • Navy: CACI (Mentor); CDIT (Protégé); Morgan State University

The DoD Mentor Protégé Program was established in 1990 in response to concerns raised by DoD prime contractors regarding their inability to meet Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) subcontracting goals. 

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 program has since expanded, providing developmental assistance to Women-Owned Small Businesses, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and others. 

More information on the DoD Mentor Protégé Program can be found online at