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Applied Research Associates (ARA) and Stratom, Inc. Receive Prestigious Nunn-Perry Award from Department of Defense for Outstanding Partnership


Nunn-Perry Award from Department of Defense for Outstanding Partnership
(L to R) Steve Baxley and Tom Monaco, ARA Project Managers; Melinda and Mark Gordon, Stratom, inc. owners; Dr. William J. Perry, former Secretary of Defense; Joseph Misanin, Deputy Director, DoD Office of Small Business Programs; and Paul Simpkins, Mentor Protégé Program Manager, DoD Office of Small Business Programs.

PANAMA CITY, FL/ Boulder, CO--- Stratom, Inc., a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business and HUBZone Small Business Concern specializing in mobile defense robotics and engineering, and Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA), an international engineering and science company, were awarded the prestigious Nunn-Perry Award by the Department of Defense during the Mentor Protégé Conference held in San Francisco, CA in March.

The Nunn-Perry Award, named in honor of former Senator Sam Nunn and former Secretary of Defense William Perry, was first awarded in 1995 to recognize outstanding Mentor-Protégé teams formed under the auspices of the DoD Mentor-Protégé Program. This year's awards were handed out at a dinner ceremony held on March 4th by former Secretary of Defense William Perry to the winning Mentor-Protégé teams after a very competitive selection process performed by the program's review panel.

ARA and Stratom were accepted into Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protégé Program in 2007. The program encourages large contractors, such as ARA, to share their technical expertise and knowledge of government contracting with innovative small businesses. The program's major goal is to positively impact the growth of the defense industry base through partnerships between small, innovative and agile technology companies and major defense industry corporations. The ARA and Stratom Mentor-Protégé agreement was approved by the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense's Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Office and awarded by the Air Force Research Laboratory at Tyndall Air Force Base, FL.

"The Mentor-Protégé Program has been extremely beneficial to Stratom," stated Mark Gordon, President and CEO of Stratom. "We forged a Mentor-Protégé relationship with ARA due to our complimentary products and skills, as well as their reputation of exceeding expectations in solving complex problems for clients," said Gordon. "We have collaborated on DoD programs with ARA and gained new knowledge on DoD procedures and processes, and improved our infrastructure and corporate development."

"We entered into our Mentor-Protégé relationship with the intent of forging an important long-term partnership for both ARA and Stratom. The program has allowed us an opportunity to pursue exciting new projects and capabilities," stated Glen McDonald, ARA vice president. "Stratom's expertise in interchangeable manipulator library technologies brings enormous value across the DoD spectrum."

The benefit to the DoD from this Mentor-Protégé relationship is the development of a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned small business in the field of robotics that is qualified and experienced in working on DoD programs and ready to pursue and execute contracts or subcontracts, while concurrently expanding the domestic U.S. industrial base.

About ARA
Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing solutions to complex problems in the physical sciences. ARA was founded in 1979 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

About Stratom
Stratom, Inc. provides engineering and professional services, research and development, program management, and logistics / supply chain management solutions to government, commercial, and global clients. Stratom specializes in robotics, automation, unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), payload development, UGV tools / toolkits, and system engineering. Stratom is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), HUBZone Small Business Concern, and is in the DoD Mentor-Protégé Program.