Dwight D. Eisenhower Award

Click here for the Nomination form.

This is NDIA's most prestigious award. Named for President Dwight Eisenhower, the award honors his contribution to strong national security, a robust defense industrial base, and unwavering support of warfighters. The Eisenhower award recognizes leadership and strategic impact at the highest levels of national security. It is bestowed annually on an individual who best reflects Eisenhower's strong commitment to national security.

Award nominees must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have had strategic impact and leadership at the national level
  • Be a leader in support of the military services, other security-related agencies, and warfighters
  • Be an active supporter of the defense industrial base and its programs
  • Be a leader in defining and addressing issues of the industrial base and national security

If you have questions on submitting nominations, please contact Liza Jones, ljones@ndia.org or call (703) 247-2560.


2018 Dwight D. Eisenhower award winner

Join industry and government representatives to honor Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Army veteran, champion of the military, and dedicated public servant as senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

- Attend the Dwight D. Eisenhower Award Dinner -


Past Eisenhower Awardees:
2018
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
1998
Senator Ted Stevens *
2017
Rep. William "Mac" Thornberry (R-TX)
1997
Dr. William J. Perry
2016
Mr. Trace Adkins
1996
Mr. Daniel M. Tellep *
2015
Hon. Leon Panetta
1995
General Gordon R. Sullivan, USA
2014
Mr. Gary Sinise
1994
Dr. William J. Perry *
2013
Hon. Ashton B. Carter
1993
Congressman John P. Murtha
2012
Hon. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon
1993
President George H. W. Bush *
2011
Senator Christopher S. "Kit" Bond
1992
Hon. Dick Cheney
2010
General James T. Conway, USMC
1991
General Colin Powell, USA
2009
General David H. Petraeus, USA
1990
Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr., USN
2008
Admiral Thad W. Allen, USCG
1989
Senator Sam Nunn
2007
Congressman Norman D. Dicks
1988
Ambassador Vernon A. Walters
2006
Hon. Gordon England
1987
Hon. Caspar W. Weinberger
2005
General Richard B. Myers, USAF
1986
Mr. Ross Perot
2004
Congressman Ike Skelton *
1985
Senator Barry Goldwater
2003
General James L. Jones, USMC
1984
Ambassador Jeanne J. Kirkpatrick
2002
Senator Daniel K. Inouye *
1983
Senator John G. Tower
2001
General Joseph W. Ralston, USAF
1982
Congressman William L. Dickinson
2000
Senator John Warner *
1981
Governor William P. Clements
1999
Congressman C. W. (Bill) Young
1980
Mr. Bob Hope
 
 
1979
Senator John C. Stennis
* James Forrestal Memorial Award