Huntsville, AL | June 6, 2017 – CFD Research Corporation (CFDRC) and its mentor, Raytheon, have been awarded the prestigious Nunn-Perry Award by the Department of Defense (DoD). The award recognizes successful Mentor-Protégé teams that have excelled in technical developments, cost efficiencies and increased business opportunities for small businesses.
CFDRC is a woman-owned small business that develops cutting edge technologies and provides innovative solutions for aerospace, propulsion, cyber security, energy, life sciences, materials, and other industries. The Raytheon-CFDRC Mentor-Protégé agreement was awarded under sponsorship from the Missile Defense Agency (MDA).
“The Nunn-Perry Award is highly valued in the DoD and small business communities, and is a significant honor for CFDRC,” said Sameer Singhal, president and CEO, CFDRC. “The Mentor-Protégé program has strengthened our capabilities as a value added supplier to Raytheon and MDA and we are grateful to MDA for sponsoring the agreement and Raytheon for sharing invaluable resources and experience.”
The Nunn-Perry Award, named in honor of former Senator Sam Nunn and former Secretary of Defense William Perry, was first awarded in 1995 to recognize outstanding DoD Mentor-Protégé program teams. This program is a national initiative that encourages and incentivizes major defense industry contractors, such as Raytheon, to share their technical expertise and knowledge of government contracting to increase development and technical capabilities of small disadvantaged business subcontractors and new mission partners.
“The Mentor-Protégé program helps innovative technology companies like CFDRC to compete as stronger primes or subcontractors for all defense-related procurements, thus positively impacting the capabilities of the defense industry base,” said Richard Thoms, Mentor-Protégé program manager for CFDRC.
Technical assistance provided by Raytheon to CFDRC includes training and consulting resulting in CFDRC obtaining AS9100/ISO9001 quality certification, guidance in implementation of CMMI for services process areas to be appraised by the end of the year, technical and business development resources and training, and marketing and branding support. This assistance gives the MDA and other DoD agencies and primes enhanced supplier quality and cost effectiveness in the performance of missions supporting the warfighter. Bethune-Cookman and Oakwood University, both Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), were also a part of the Mentor-Protégé team providing technical and marketing support.