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The James Forrestal Industry Leadership Award is named in honor of James Forrestal, who has served as secretary of the Navy and of Defense. The award honors his leadership and outspoken advocacy for a robust and responsive defense industrial base during the painful early years of post-World War II demobilization.
The Forrestal award is bestowed annually on a defense industry executive who best reflects Forrestal's vision, leadership, and staunch support for a strong industrial base.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (703) 247-2560.
Mr. Arnold L. Punaro, CEO of The Punaro Group LLC, 2018 James Forrestal Industry Leadership Awardee
Previous Award recipients:
Dr. Wanda M. Austin, Former President & CEO, The Aerospace Corporation
David L. Joyce, President & CEO, GE Aviation; and Senior VP, General Electric Company
Sean O’Keefe, EADS North America, Chairman & CEO
Wesley G. Bush, CEO & President, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Ralph D. Crosby, Jr., Frm. Chairman of BOD and CEO, EADS North America
Robert J. Stevens, Chairman & CEO, Lockheed Martin
James F. Albaugh, President & CEO, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems
Ronald D. Sugar, Chairman, CEO & President, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Clayton M. Jones, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Rockwell Collins
William H. Swanson, Chairman & CEO, Raytheon Company
George J. Pedersen, Chairman, CEO & President, ManTech International Corporation *
J. Robert Beyster, Founder, Chairman & President, Science Applications Int’l Corporation *
Thomas W. Rabaut, President & Chief Executive Officer, United Defense LP *
Dr. Vance D. Coffman, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation *
Harry C. Stonecipher, President & Chief Operating Officer, The Boeing Company *
Philip A. Odeen, Executive Vice President, Washington Operations, TRW Inc. *
Kent Kresa, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer,
Northrop Grumman Corporation *
Dennis J. Picard, Chairman, & Chief Executive Officer, Raytheon Company *
Jerry R. Junkins, Chairman, President & CEO,
Texas Instruments (Posthumously) *
John McLuckey, President, Space Systems, Information, Space & Defense Systems,
Boeing NA *
Norman R. Augustine, President & Chief Executive Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation *
Daniel Tellep, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer,
Lockheed Martin Corporation *
Bernard L. Schwartz, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Loral Corporation *
William A. Anders, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, General Dynamics Corporation *
* In 2005, the Defense Industry Leadership Award was renamed the James Forrestal Leadership Award.