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Mentor-Protégé Program

The NSA Mentor-Protégé Program seeks to encourage major Department of Defense (DOD) prime contractors (mentors) to develop the technical and business capabilities of small disadvantaged businesses (SDBs) and other eligible protégés. The NSA Mentor-Protégé Program executes its Mentor-Protégé Program in accordance with the DOD Mentor-Protégé (MP) Program. Details of the DoD MP Program can be found in DFARS Appendix I. This document is available at this link:

The primary thrust of the NSA Mentor-Protégé Program is the transfer of state-of-the-art technology to the protégé. This will allow the protégé firm either to create or expand a market niche and become a preferred supplier to the mentor and other leaders within the protégé's industry segment.

The NSA program requires the following criteria in addition to those listed in DFARS Appendix I:

  • Potential protégé firms must demonstrate the ability to dedicate significant financial and management resources to the program.
  • Although not a requirement, small businesses interested in becoming protégés should have an existing relationship with the mentor.

For more information on how to become a mentor go to

Direct all correspondence regarding the NSA Mentor Protégé Program to


Date Posted: Mar 22, 2012 | Last Modified: Jan 9, 2014 | Last Reviewed: Jan 9, 2014