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The UT National Defense Business Institute has been awarded the opportunity to participate in a large-scale, multi-year contract with the US Navy.

The Navy has identified the institute as a prime contractor for research and development support through SeaPort-e, the Navy’s electronic platform for acquiring support services in twenty-two areas including engineering, financial management, and program management.

UT’s National Defense Business Institute is one of 385 contractors selected to participate in the revolving contract, which will disperse as much as $5.3 billion over the next several years. The institute will be working with Navy operating commands and agencies and the United States Marine Corps.

“This is an important milestone in broadening NDBI’s capability to provide our research and analysis products and services to a larger defense department market,” said Dave Patterson, NDBI’s executive director. “We are grateful for the opportunity to provide a valuable service to the United States Navy and the nation.”

When asked what this means for the local Knoxville community, Patterson said, “Obviously, this increases our potential for hiring more analysts and staff, but equally important, this adds to the university’s value in supporting a crucial aspect of the US national security agenda.”

Established in 2008, NDBI is the first university-based institute focused on helping the Department of Defense, other government agencies, and the defense industry find innovative, practical solutions that improve the results of their acquisition and business management programs.

NDBI offers academic and research expertise through partnerships with the College of Business Administration and its Center for Executive Education, the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

To learn more about the National Defense Business Institute, visit


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