WASHINGTON (Aug. 28, 2017) -- The U.S. Army released its 2017 Superior Supplier Incentive Program (SSIP) list today. In a joint rollout with the Navy and the Air Force, the Army's SSIP list identifies its top performing industry partners for 2017. The SSIP list also rewards business units' performance by affording enhanced opportunities to interact with government mission partners to discuss opportunities and improvements. The ratings are part to the Department of Defense's SSIP, put in place to incentivize contractor performance in the areas of cost, schedule, technical performance, management, regulatory compliance, and small business utilization.

SSIP provides the Army a means by which to understand which contracts and programs are consistently attaining superior performance levels and at the same time, incentivizing contractor performance by highlighting areas where companies are doing well and can improve. Ultimately, this win-win helps ensure optimally managed programs that provide our Soldiers with the solutions they need to maintain their decisive advantage on the battlefield. The SSIP program also serves as an important communication tool to dialogue with industry partners and senior leaders to improve productivity while being transparent on recognizing superior performance.

Brigadier General Michael Hoskin, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Procurement said, that SSIP is an "invaluable tool" to both the service as well as its partners in industry.

"The Army values all of our industry partners", he continued. "SSIP provides useful information for companies while helping the Army provide recognition for sustained performance to our Soldiers. Today's Army needs industry partners committed to our success as much as theirs."

This is the fourth SSIP release from the Army. This year, 30 business segments, representing 22 suppliers were rated by the Army. SSIP leverages Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) performance ratings into a comprehensive approach of supplier performance by creating an overall assessment from the CPARS data. Companies are evaluated using the prior three years of CPARS data and then categorized into three performance tiers, with "Tier I" being the best.

2017 Superior Supplier Incentive Program List

The Army's Tier I business units are as follows:

• Aerovironment, Inc. - Aerovironment
• Boeing - Boeing Military Aircraft
• General Electric - Aviation
• Hellfire Systems, LLC - Hellfire Systems LMC
• Lockheed Martin - Missiles & Fire Control
• Lockheed Martin - Rotary & Mission Systems
• Northrop Grumman - Technical Services
• Raytheon - Integrated Defense Systems
• Raytheon/Lockheed Martin - Javelin JV
• Textron - Bell Helicopter

The Army's Tier II business units are as follows:

• BAE Systems - Electronic Systems
• CACI International - CACI International
• General Dynamics - Information Systems and Technology
• L3 Technologies, Inc. - Aerospace Systems
• L3 Technologies, Inc. - Electronic Systems
• Leidos Corp - National Security Solutions
• Oshkosh Corporation - Oshkosh Defense
• Rockwell Collins - Government Systems
• Textron - Textron Systems
• Thales-Raytheon JV - Thales-Raytheon JV

The Army's Tier III business units are as follows:

• BAE Systems - Platforms & Services
• General Atomics Technology Corp. - Aeronautical Systems
• General Dynamics - Combat Systems
• Harris Corporation - Communication Systems
• Honeywell International - Aerospace
• Navistar International - Navistar International
• Northrop Grumman - Information Systems
• Orbital ATK - Defense Systems
• Raytheon - Missile Systems
• Raytheon - Space & Airborne Systems