Mentor Protégé Program

Lockheed Martin Participates in the Mentor Protégé Program

Lockheed Martin is committed to the development of small businesses through the Mentor Protégé Program. Through this federal program, Lockheed Martin seeks to establish successful long-term relationships with eligible small business concerns.

About the Mentor Protégé Program

The Mentor Protégé Program is a Government outreach program designed to encourage large defense contractors to develop technical and business capabilities of small disadvantaged businesses to enable them to compete more effectively for defense-related work.

Mentor Protégé DOD Agency
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Accurate Machine and Tool Corporation,
Woman Owned Small Business
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Marvin Engineering,
Small Business
U.S. Air Force
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Gamma Engineering,
Small Busines
U.S. Air Force

Recipients of Nunn Perry Awards

Over the past years, Lockheed Martin has developed many successful partnerships through the Mentor Protégé Program and has won multiple Nunn Perry Awards; the Department of Defense’s top recognition for outstanding teamwork.

Pictured above (left to right): Ken Carkhkuff, NAVAIR OSBP; Brad Taylor, DoD OSBP; Sheila Oechslin, Lockheed Martin Supplier Diversity; Chris Ivanonko, Lockheed Martin MPP PM; Tom Crowley, President, Crowley Fabricating & Machining, Co., Emily D. Harman, SES, SECNAV, OSBP

Pictured above: Jason Keene and Donna Longmire;
IERUS Technologies



Benefits of the Mentor Protégé Program

The Mentor Protégé Program fosters the establishment of business relationships between protégés, mentors and the customer.  Program benefits include the following:

  • Builds strategic partner relationships
  • Enhances technical capabilities of mentor and protégé
  • Allows for awarding of non-competitive subcontracts / purchase orders to the protégé
  • Provides for faster insertion of new technology to the customer
  • Expands base of innovative and qualified small businesses
  • Increases accomplishment of small business program goals
  • Establishes qualified sources at more competitive prices
  • Allows for potential joint venture opportunities



Mentor Protege Program

How to Partner with Lockheed Martin:

It is important to first have a general understanding of the Federal programs, how they work and if your firm is eligible to participate. Visit some of the Helpful Links to find a listing of Mentor Protégé programs.

If your firm qualifies for the Federal program, the next step is to determine if you are a good match for partnering with Lockheed Martin. We generally seek potential protégés who meet the following criteria: 

  • Have a common shared vision, goals and compliment Lockheed Martin products and services
  • A long-standing supplier partner to Lockheed Martin or have a specific technical niche or strategic opportunity
  • Proven operations and financial stability (note: Lockheed Martin requires a needs assessment, which a firm will be asked to supply financial information prior to any agreement is submitted)
  • Have the resources available to commit to a potential three-year program
  • If an IT company, Lockheed Martin generally requires security clearance 

If you feel you are a good match for Lockheed Martin, send an e-mail containing a brief description of your firm's capabilities, business size and how  your firm meets the criteria listed above to