The Defense Department's mentor-protégé program was created to help small businesses increase their participation in federal subcontracts by establishing long-term relationships with large defense contractors.

Since 1992, Northrop Grumman has mentored approximately 100 small businesses, and currently has 16 active mentor-protégé agreements. Northrop Grumman has received 20 Nunn-Perry Awards from the Defense Department since 1995 for its work with protégé companies. The prestigious award, given in honor of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn and former Secretary of Defense William Perry, is based on the partnership's cost efficiency, improvements in technical capabilities, revenue and employment.

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What: Northrop Grumman invites media to witness signing of a U.S. Department of Defense mentor-protégé agreement between the company and Davidson Technologies, a teammate on Northrop Grumman's Joint National Integration Center Research and Development Contract for the Missile Defense Agency.
When: Tuesday, May 21
2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., media is requested to arrive no later than 1:45 p.m.
Where: Northrop Grumman
301 Voyager Way, N.W.
Huntsville, Ala. 35806
Speakers: Kelley Zelickson, Vice President, Air and Missile Defense Systems, Northrop Grumman
Dorothy Davidson, Chairman, CEO and President, Davidson Technologies
Lee Rosenberg, Director, Missile Defense Agency Office of Small Business Programs
Sharon Whittaker, Director, Procurement, Northrop Grumman
Michele Miller, Mentor-Protégé Program Manager, Northrop Grumman
Rob Watson, Small Business Liaison Officer, Northrop Grumman
RSVP: By noon Monday, May 20; U.S. citizenship and photo identification required
Sudi Bruni
Northrop Grumman Communications
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