PHOENIX, May 16 (UPI) -- The Department of Defense has given its 2013 Nunn-Perry Award for exceptional mentor-protégé partnerships to nFocus Solutions and General Dynamics C4 Systems.
The award, given by the department's Office of Small Business Programs, recognizes partnerships that have excelled in areas such as quality, technical assistance, return on investment and protégé development.
"Through our mentor-protégé agreement, nFocus has significantly expanded its ability to provide software solutions that today's service members, communities, first responders, and nonprofits can use to work more effectively," said Ananda Roberts, president of nFocus Solutions. "We are honored to receive the Nunn-Perry Award in recognition of our partnership, and I believe it reflects our commitment to provide effective technology to our nation's military and commercial markets."
nFocus and General Dynamics C4 Systems began their mentor-protégé arrangement in 2006 and later renewed it. As a result of the arrangement nFocus has become a major sub-contractor on the U.S. Army's Digital Training Management System.
The system provides the detailed training status soldiers and civilian employees of the Army worldwide.
"Mentoring small businesses like nFocus ensures the DOD has access to a strong group of small business suppliers that may not have had the resources or expertise to effectively compete for government contracts," said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems. "During our mentor-protégé partnership we gained valuable insights from each other and developed new products and capabilities that will help the military be more efficient, effective and safe."