Mentor-Protégé Program

The Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP) is designed to motivate and encourage large business prime contractors to provide mutually beneficial developmental assistance to small businesses.

The program is also designed to improve the performance of contracts and subcontracts, foster the establishment of long-term business relationships between large prime contractors and small business subcontractors, and increase subcontracting opportunities and accomplishments. Ultimately, the MPP goal is to assist small businesses to expand the overall base of their marketplace participation and to produce more jobs and increase national income.

Various government agencies have their own unique MPPs, such as, Department of Defense (DoD), the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Veterans Affairs (VA), the General Services Administration (GSA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and others. Please consult with the appropriate Government Small Business Office for detailed information on specific programs and their requirements.

Depending on requirements and individual program regulations, developmental assistance may include technology transfer, engineering and technical assistance (International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), etc.), general business management, and any other assistance designed to develop the capabilities of the protégé firm under the developmental program.

Program History

General Dynamics demonstrates our commitment to improving and strengthening small business performance through participation in a variety of federal Mentor-Protégé programs, including but not limited to DoD, DHS, NASA and others.

As honored recipients of the Nunn-Perry Award for recognition of outstanding Mentor-Protégé teams formed under the DoD Mentor-Protégé Program, General Dynamics recognizes the results that can be achieved through small business alliances. The partnership helps small businesses succeed and strengthens our supplier base as well as enhancing the technical capabilities of both the mentor and protégé.

General Dynamics Mentor Protégé agreements are coordinated through Business Unit-specific Supply Chain Management, Subcontracts and/or Business Development organizations where market/requirements are identified and then targeted for a Mentor-Protégé agreement. We select diverse small firms in which we believe there is a synergy between the small business and a General Dynamics business unit, combined with the potential to further develop the small business to support contractual requirements and team to win new business.