Lockheed Martin And ISYS Technologies Wins U.S. Department Of Defense Nunn-Perry Award

BETHESDA, Md., 03/18/2011 --

Lockheed Martin earned national recognition this month for mentoring a small woman-owned business supplier performing for the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies.

The Mentor-Protégé agreement between Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions and ISYS Technologies of Littleton, Colo., received a Department of Defense Nunn-Perry Award, which honors outstanding and successful Mentor-Protégé relationships. It was the corporation's tenth award since its inception by the Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) in 1995.

"A chief objective of the Corporation is to maintain a world-class supply base, one that enables program excellence and enhances shareholder value," said Nancy Deskins, director of Corporate Agreements and Supplier Diversity for Lockheed Martin. "Using diverse suppliers makes good business sense and contributes to mission success."

Under the agreement, Lockheed Martin has assisted ISYS Technologies in developing its business infrastructure and engineering and information technology capabilities to perform as a premier small woman-owned business supplier to the Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency and NASA. ISYS Technologies is a Small Business Administration award-winning woman-owned small business headquartered in Colorado with a satellite office in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

Lockheed Martin provides knowledge, experience and best practices to help ISYS Technologies develop as a premier small business and serve defense, aerospace and commercial markets. Working through the U.S. Missile Defense Agency Mentor-Protégé office and Defense Contract Management Agency over a three-year period, the two companies combined efforts to perform work on and bid more than 20 government programs. ISYS leverages its engineering and technology capabilities in many areas critical such as Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, Cyber Security, Military Analysis, Network Operations and Mechanical Engineering.

As part of the Mentor-Protégé initiative, Lockheed Martin teamed with the Alabama A&M, a Historically Black College/University (HBCU) in Huntsville, AL to provide marketing assistance to ISYS Technologies.

ISYS Technologies' has increased their engineering and technology capabilities in many areas critical to DOD and other government agencies including Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, Cyber Security, Military Analysis, Network Operations and Mechanical Engineering as a result of assistance provided through this agreement. ISYS is actively supporting over 20 government programs.

"The mentoring assistance provided by Lockheed Martin and Alabama A&M has proven to be invaluable to ISYS," said Teresa Porter, CEO of ISYS Technologies. "It has allowed us to progress our infrastructure and business practices and mature our past performance, both critical areas which will allow us to support the mission; to serve and protect those who serve and protect us."

The prestigious Nunn-Perry Award is named in honor of former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, for his vision and insight in sponsoring legislation to create and fund the Department of Defense Mentor-Protégé Program; and former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry, for his commitment to its implementation.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 132,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation's 2010 sales from continuing operations were $45.8 billion.