James Forrestal Industry Leadership Award

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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, ljones@ndia.org or call (703) 247-2560.

Arnold Punaro

Mr. Arnold L. Punaro, CEO of The Punaro Group LLC,  2018 James Forrestal Industry Leadership Awardee


Previous Award recipients:
2017
Dr. Wanda M. Austin, Former President & CEO, The Aerospace Corporation
2016
Marillyn Hewson
2015
David L. Joyce, President & CEO, GE Aviation; and Senior VP, General Electric Company
2014
Sean O’Keefe, EADS North America, Chairman & CEO
2013
Wesley G. Bush, CEO & President, Northrop Grumman Corporation
2012
Ralph D. Crosby, Jr., Frm. Chairman of BOD and CEO, EADS North America
2011
Robert J. Stevens, Chairman & CEO, Lockheed Martin
2010
James F. Albaugh, President & CEO, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems
2009
Ronald D. Sugar, Chairman, CEO & President, Northrop Grumman Corporation
2008
Award not presented
2007
Clayton M. Jones, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Rockwell Collins
2006
William H. Swanson, Chairman & CEO, Raytheon Company
2005
George J. Pedersen, Chairman, CEO & President, ManTech International Corporation *
2004
J. Robert Beyster, Founder, Chairman & President, Science Applications Int’l Corporation *
2003
Thomas W. Rabaut, President & Chief Executive Officer, United Defense LP *
2002
Dr. Vance D. Coffman, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation *
2001
Harry C. Stonecipher, President & Chief Operating Officer, The Boeing Company *
2000
Philip A. Odeen, Executive Vice President, Washington Operations, TRW Inc. *
1999
Kent Kresa, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer,
Northrop Grumman Corporation *
1998
Dennis J. Picard, Chairman, & Chief Executive Officer, Raytheon Company *
1997
Jerry R. Junkins, Chairman, President & CEO,
Texas Instruments (Posthumously) *
1996
John McLuckey, President, Space Systems, Information, Space & Defense Systems,
Boeing NA *
1995
Norman R. Augustine, President & Chief Executive Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation *
1994
Daniel Tellep, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer,
Lockheed Martin Corporation *
1993
Bernard L. Schwartz, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Loral Corporation *
1992
William A. Anders, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, General Dynamics Corporation *

* In 2005, the Defense Industry Leadership Award was renamed the James Forrestal Leadership Award.