FALLS CHURCH, Va. –March 6, 2017 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has entered into a Department of Defense Mentor-Protégé agreement with Digit All City (DAC), a small, disadvantaged business located in Baltimore, to develop the Cyber Warrior Diversity Program at Morgan State University and Coppin State University. This training is designed to prepare individuals to defend information systems and networks by training, testing and providing certifications in accordance with the DoD Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program. Serving more than 10,000 students, DAC is a nonprofit organization focused on training underserved students for careers in technology.
The DoD Mentor-Protégé Program provides a framework for prime contractors to pair with small businesses to help their protégés expand their business skills and better compete for DoD contracts. The relationships benefit the protégé, mentor and DoD. The Mentor-Protégé Program is part of the DoD’s Office of Small Business Programs and is a key initiative within Northrop Grumman’s Global Supply Chain Supplier Diversity Program.
Under the two-year agreement, Northrop Grumman will help DAC enhance its capability to provide cyber security training and testing. DAC will work with Morgan State and Coppin State to implement the Cyber Warrior Diversity Program providing training and preparation for careers in cybersecurity through certifications attained by participating students. Northrop Grumman and the Maryland Procurement Technical Assistance Center will assist DAC in developing skills to successfully compete for federal, state and local contracts.
A ceremony announcing the program was held at Morgan State recently and was attended by local officials and representatives from the schools and companies.
“Northrop Grumman is pleased to be able to transfer know-how and experience to DAC and Historically Black Colleges and Universities so they can grow and develop a community of cyber warriors that will help protect our nation from cybersecurity threats,” said Dr. Jaime Bohnke, vice president, global supply chain, Northrop Grumman Corporation. “This program is an example of a government, industry and academic partnership applying a unique solution to tackle the critical shortage of cyber security professionals.”
Northrop Grumman has partnerships with 1,500 Maryland suppliers and spent $731 million on these businesses in 2015 alone. In Maryland, approximately 60 percent of the company’s suppliers (and 50 percent of all its spending) is with small businesses and/or women or minority-owned firms.
Northrop Grumman has exceed the 23 percent statutory small business goal for more than 10 straight years and more than 32 percent of its suppliers are small businesses and women, or minority-owned firms. Northrop Grumman has mentored more than 130 small businesses through the DoD Mentor-Protégé Program since 1992 and has received 23 Nunn-Perry Awards, more than any other company in the program. Nunn-Perry awards are the highest honor a company can receive in the Mentor Protégé program.
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