Supplier Diversity


Procuring from diverse suppliers is good corporate citizenship. It also makes sound business sense. Working with diverse suppliers supports job growth and human capital, brings agility and new perspectives to our products and services, and helps us identify ways to enhance performance.

As the world’s largest aerospace and defense government contractor, we want to lead by example when it comes to opening doors to opportunity and entrepreneurship.

We seek diverse suppliers to collaborate on delivering high-quality, innovative products and services to our customers.


Breakthrough technologies for mission assurance require that we invest deeply in identifying, qualifying and working with our diverse suppliers.

What happened in 2012

We offered practicable procurement opportunities to suppliers that are Small Businesses, Small Disadvantaged Businesses, Woman-Owned Small Businesses, Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) certified, U.S. Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

with protégé enterprises under the U.S. government’s Mentor-Protégé program for disadvantaged small businesses.   attended locally and nationally to meet small business and diverse suppliers.

For the second consecutive year, we exceeded our Department of Defense supplier diversity goals and earned the U.S. Defense Contract Management Agency’s highest rating for supplier diversity goals and performance.

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