Washington, DC - The Department of the Navy (DON) named its 2016 superior suppliers today, as part of the Department of Defense's Superior Supplier Incentive Program (SSIP).

The Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) Sean J. Stackley announced the names of 11 business segments designated as Tier 1 superior suppliers for exceptional contractor conduct in the areas of cost, schedule, performance, quality, and business relations.

Tier 1 superior suppliers for 2016 in alphabetical order are:

BAE Systems Intelligence and Security
BAE Systems Platforms and Services
Boeing Global Services and Support
General Electric Aviation
Leidos Corporation National Security Solutions
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems
Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services
Raytheon Missile Systems
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems

"This is our way of recognizing those who have executed well and achieved the highest levels of performance on contracts for our systems and platforms," said Stackley. "We look at three years' worth of data so sustained performance at this level is noteworthy."

The SSIP is an extension of the Department of Defense's Better Buying Power initiative. The program is designed to incentivize contractor performance by identifying and recognizing suppliers who provide the greatest value in terms of performance to the department.

"Our overall goal is to provide the best systems and platforms to Sailors and Marines," said Stackley. "It is important to highlight industry partners with a demonstrated ability to help us reach this goal effectively and most efficiently."

The DON will initiate discussions with Tier 1 superior suppliers to reduce non-production related contract requirements, based on their noteworthy past performance. Designation as a Tier 1 superior supplier does not factor into future source selection decisions or contract awards for the business unit or the company.

The DON assessed three years' worth of performance data through the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System. The evaluated business units were divided into three tiers, with the top tier designated as superior suppliers. In 2014 and 2015, the DON used a natural scoring break to make final SSIP tier selections. This year, the DoD implemented a joint SSIP tiering methodology to be used by all three Service Departments to rank the final segments into three evenly distributed tiers.

The remaining evaluated business units are listed below by tier in alphabetical order:

Tier 2

BAE Systems Electronic Systems
Boeing- Boeing Military Aircraft
General Dynamics Information Systems and Technology
Harris Corporation Communication Systems
Huntington Ingalls Industries Ingalls Shipbuilding
L-3 Electronic Systems
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training
Maritime Helicopter Support Company LLC
Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
Northrop Grumman Information Systems
Rockwell Collins Government Systems
Rolls-Royce Defense Aerospace

Tier 3

Austal USA, LLC
Bell Boeing Joint Project Office
General Atomics Technology Corporation Electromagnetic Systems Group
General Dynamics Marine Systems
Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Orbital ATK Defense Systems
Textron Bell Helicopter
Textron- Textron Systems
United Technologies UTC Aerospace Systems